Letter of Simranjit Singh Mann to the Editor of The Tribune on the news caption appearing above.
The Tribune dated 29 April 2017
Quilla S. Harnam Singh,
P.O. Talanian, District Fathegarh Sahib,
Pin 140406, Punjab.
Dear Mr. Khare,
I have read your caption in your newspaper The Tribune dated 29th April 2017 entitled “No one walked like he did: Bachchan on Vinod Khanna”. I do appreciate the work you are doing but as a journalist you should be neutral and impartial. It may be true that the late Vinod Khanna may have been a good man and had not imbrued his hands in the blood of the Sikhs in the genocide of 1984 and later. But to give importance to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan who was responsible for the massacres of the Sikhs at the behest of late Rajiv Gandhi, I think it is unjust and a show of partiality to words a fellow Hindu.
Yesterday I was at a press conference at Jalandhar where your senior lady journalist was present. But not a word has appeared in your newspaper about that press conference. An American journalist exposed the American Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam. Had he been a patriotic journalist like you he would have not brought such shame to his country.
In Kashmir if the Armed forces kill a Kashmiri then the latter is called a terrorist, and vice versa if an Armed forces man is killed he is called a martyr by the press here. If the Indian says Kashmir is a part of his country then why the killing of a fellow Indian is given the nomenclature of a terrorist and a soldier killing a fellow Indian and getting killed is called a martyr?
I do hope you will clarify how the Supreme Court can demand caution from the Kashmir Legal Bar when it exercises no political power in that state. However, it is clear that the Armed forces can not be given powers to kill, torture, kidnap, rape, detain in illegal custody as article 21 of the constitution states that no person can be deprived of his life and liberty without the procedure laid down by law. Therefore it is the duty of the Supreme Court being the guardian of the constitution to annul a law that allows such serious breaches of the law- AFSPA. It is good to be a patriot but at the same time it is cruel and evil to support the killings of unarmed civilians and the perpetrators of the crime of genocide.
Simranjit Singh Mann,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).
Mr. Harish Khare,
Editor in Chief,
The Tribune Group,