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Our take on Karnataka corruption, Digital India bill, Nagaland all-party govt— in 50 words

ThePrint view on the most important issues this week.

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This week, the government moved to review the Digital India bill, Karnataka’s Lokayukta raid got BJP MLA arrested before he got bail, Nagaland got another all-party government. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on heatwave preparedness. Read our 50-word editorials on them and much more.

10 March

Congress’ misplaced confidence after Bharat Jodo Yatra is spurring it to say no to BRS leader

Congress spurning BRS leader Kavitha’s invitation to join the protests for women’s reservation bill reflects its newfound, misplaced confidence after Bharat Jodo Yatra. Not wanting to align with regional rivals would make sense but for its inconsistencies in choosing partners — Left for one. Congress needs to sort out its priorities.

Govt’s ‘safe harbour’ clause in Digital India Bill is smart but can also be risky

The government’s move to review the “safe harbour” clause for internet “intermediaries” over content by third parties is smart but is also fraught with risks. It could bring in much-needed check on unregulated and fake content. It could also push the IT Act toward censorship. The right balance is needed.

9 March 

Karnataka Lokayukta deserves praise but for real change voters must loathe corruption

Another corruption scandal and Karnataka’s Bommai government is bouncing on potholes, as if driving on Bengaluru’s roads. Don’t write off MLA Virupakshappa in coming election though. Rousing welcome after securing bail suggests normalisation of corruption. Karnataka Lokayukta deserves praise, but for real change, voters have to feel revulsion with corruption.

7 March

All-party Nagaland govt has hunger for power as its binding force. It undermines democracy

Another all-party government in Nagaland would be ideal but for inherent opportunism and hunger for power as binding force. Opposition-free government, cobbled together in 2021 in the name of solving Naga political problem, did precious little for the cause. Opposition-less government means lack of checks and balances, which undermines democracy.

Modi’s heatwave preparedness meet a timely intervention. Govt must work on climate-proofing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on heatwave preparedness was a pressing priority. The effects of climate change are inescapable, with extreme weather events rising each year. Time is fast running out, and governments must focus on climate-proofing and accurate modelling to shield against heat stress on human life in India.

6 March 

NAAC chairman’s resignation calls for systemic audit. Aspirational Indians depend on ratings

NAAC chairman Bhushan Patwardhan’s resignation after alleging corruption in higher education institute grading calls for a systemic audit. Can the young rely on ratings? Is the system gamed? Is there political interference? Aspirational Indians depend on the index to make decisions for their future. It’s time to review and reform.

DMK govt’s response to videos of attacks on migrants an effective way to tackle fake news

DMK-led government in Tamil Nadu has done a commendable job with swift response to fake videos of attacks on North Indian migrants. CM Stalin, Governor Ravi, Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav wasted no time in joining forces to pre-empt panicked reactions. This is an effective template to tackle fake news.

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