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” The time is out of joint”, Shakespeare immortalized this line in Hamlet.

Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark says:  
Let us go in together,
And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
The time is out of joint—O cursèd spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!
Nay, come, let’s go together.

This is very relevant today in the context of what is happening in Haryana,  Punjab, Chandigarh and particularly Panchkula.The situation on the eve of the appearance of Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh before the CBI Court in Panchkula on Friday to receive judgment in case of alleged sexual exploitation is indeed “ultra-sensitive”.

Thousands of Dera followers have already converged on Panchkula near here. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has already taken cognizance of the “situation” and issued directions.

The atmosphere is rife with rumours and I am sorry to say a few media organisations including news channels and web portals are adding fuel to fire by putting out unconfirmed or misleading reports and interpretations.

North India Kaleidoscope will not indulge in this sort of journalism and we will only report hard facts if and when they happen. I recall that when the late G.Kasturi was at the helm of affairs at The Hindu a couple of decades ago, the unverified news was given the miss. Old-timers say that The Hindu then did not come out with an issue when late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

Let us help in maintaining calm and peace and not indulge in rumour-mongering.

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Rajesh Ahuja

I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).