The Hindu responds on Kanshi Ram

IN Media Practice | 13/10/2006
The Reader’s Editor points out that the paper more than made up with its editorial and op-ed piece the next day.


Dear Mr. Ravikumar,

Thank you for a detailed note of anguish.

Obviously you did not notice Kanshi Ram`s picture with the headline "Kanshi Ram passes away" on Page 1, just below the masthead, what are  pointers to the most important stories inside.

The news was prominently displayed in a four-column spread. It should have been on top of the page. This was an error of judgment, which does happen in a newspaper at times. What was really missed was a  detailed obituary.

This has been more than made up today by the long assessment (Op-Ed page) of the phenomenon that Kanshi Ram was, and also an editorial.

What is really uncharitable, as far as The Hindu is concerned, is your  comment that this was "symbolic of the status dalits are meant to enjoy." This paper, I feel, has always been sympathetic to the Dalit cause.

K. Narayanan
The Readers` Editor,
The Hindu,
Kasturi Buildings,
859 -- 860 Anna Salai,
Chennai 600 002

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