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Protecting Public Servants from Politicians

senators' cupboards. Simpson, when he met Saddam Hussein a few months ago, had told him that "the frightful things being said about you and your police state must be the work of a maligned press. I believe your problems are with Western media and not with the US government" Another, Howard Metzenbaum, had assured Saddam, "after listening to you for about an hour, I realised that you are a strong and intelligent man and that you want peace". It is these men-peacocks, as poet Bayati described them, who flaunt their colourful plumage rather than those fearless journalists, who disseminate the truth, who betray their people and egg them on to the abbatoirs of war. During such traumatic times, the best in men and women surfaces and it is before this that one bows one's head and pays homage to a free and democratic society. Is such an act by a journalist conceivable in India, which boasts of truth, non-violence, and high moral values? It is high time some Indians jog their memories hard to recall a forgotten Bengali journalist who exposed the hollowness and falsity of the reams of paper prepared by the Historical Divi sion of the government of India to prove India's claim on McMahon Line.

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