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Wednesday , November 21 , 2012
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Muse of the maestro

Let the muse of the maestro be. The maestro is gone, let the enigma remain. To explain his muse is a sorry attempt at trying to decode his persona, and his emotional depth and intelligence. No one has the right or obligation to explain aspects of his life on their terms when Bhupenda is not around to defend himself. They should stop trying to de-mystify him and pay the respect due to one of such stature because he has already risen above human comprehension. May his soul rest in peace.

Pallavi Barthakur

Rajgarh, Guwahati

A versatile writer is gone

A key dimension was lost in the death of Sunil Gangopadhyay — poet, novelist and a shortstory teller — a vast asset in the treasure of Bengali literature in particular and contemporary Indian literature in general.

The power of his pen was reflected in masterpieces like Pratham Alo and Shei Shomoi. As a president of Sahitya Akademi, he was enthusiastic in promoting and highlighting the literature of the Northeast.

Ashok Datta, Tezpur


Commercialisation of loss

It is high time local Assamese news channels stopped commercialising human loss through irresponsible reporting. Time and again, we come across sensational “breaking news” announcements that feed the public half-truths and leave families devastated.

A recent example is the case of 22-year-old Vikramaditya Das, son of businessman Amitabh Das of Tezpur, who died tragically on October 30. On that day, when the family was battling to come to terms with the shocking news of the death of their only child, at least three news channels went berserk, concocting stories of a “rave party”, even citing a non-existent post-mortem report. Such reporters and photojournalists, should be penalised, and their licences, if any, should be revoked.

For the family, this was an unbearable loss. Every time some irresponsible heartless reporter accuses their child of being a drug addict or alcoholic, they die a fresh death. News channels need to understand that death is not a saleable commodity to be used as a tool to enhance TRPs. One would expect some value of a human life. It is time news channels stopped promoting sensationalism in the name of journalism, making a mockery of human life.

Padmini Boruah, department of ELT, Gauhati University


Bollywood coverage

I am a regular reader of your newspaper. However, in the October 17 edition, I was shocked to see that the news of Bollywood stars Saif and Kareena’s wedding was on the front page. I did not expect that news related to Bollywood would be given coverage on the front page. In a country like India, there is news that is far more important and valuable: news that is more worthy and needs coverage rather than this sort of news.

Prabir Kumar Kundu, Santir Bazar