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Dainik Bhaskar calls Congress a ‘directionless’ party as Dainik Jagran rakes up ‘hullabaloo over Hindi’

Round-up of opinion pages in Hindi and Tamil newspapers to reflect a North-South viewpoint on topical issues.

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7 June 2019: Dainik Jagran‘s focus is ‘Dishaheen Congress’ where it talks about how it was expected that the Congress would change its style of functioning and policies after the recent poll debacle but instead there is only a ‘directionless Congress’ in place. It says that there is no sign of self-analysis either. Instead, we see an unravelling of the party. Of the 18 MLAs from Telangana Congress, 12 wanted to join the TRS, and in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have been sparring in public. The Congress party in Rajasthan has been witnessing factionalism and the Gandhi family, it says, is blaming everyone but themselves for the poll debacle. It seems the Congress doesn’t want to come to grips with the poll debacle, writes Jagran.

Dainik Bhaskar anticipates brave economic reforms after Narendra Modi’s big mandate. It outlines a challenging economic situation – rise in oil bills with Iran imports being curbed, a less than normal monsoon, downturn in the automobile industry and distress in the farm sector which will impact rural demands. Reasons why the RBI has reduced the repo rate, it says. However, Modi’s win has cheered the stock market as it expects the government to continue with its policies to help businesses. Now, the government needs to take brave steps, increase investment in infrastructure, create jobs and bring relief to sectors that are not doing well.

Amar Ujala talks about rising temperatures and a consequent global warming. It says that temperatures in India have risen a couple of degrees higher even in hill stations in the past couple of years. The only saving grace will be a normal monsoon.

6 June: Dainik Bhaskar talks about the break of alliances after the 2019 general election results. In ‘SP-BSP Ka Milan Bikhar Gaya’ piece it talks about how all parties already know the results in the scheduled by-elections to 11 Lok Sabha seats in UP. It also tells how votes did not transfer among alliance constituents. Also, from Kolkata to Karnataka, Maharashtra to Rajasthan, the losing sides were struggling with infighting.

5 June: Amar Ujala calls the Delhi government’s free public transport scheme for women “muft ka safar”. It says one has to look at women’s security in a comprehensive manner and asks what steps have been taken to ensure that women reach home safely after work from the metro and bus stations. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says that he doesn’t need the Centre’s permission for the scheme but how is that possible when DMRC is a 50 per cent partnership between the Centre and Delhi, it asks. This looks like a purely political move, the piece says.

4 June: Amar Ujala says cracks between BSP and SP only show that when alliances are made without solid foundation and for immediate electoral gains, they do not survive. Mayawati’s dismay over the performance of the coalition in UP shows us the future of this coalition, it says. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had said that the coalition would last till the 2022 Vidhan Sabha polls – but that seems unlikely now, Amar Ujala reiterates.

3 June: Amar Ujala talks of the ‘jolt’ which US has given India in its ‘America ka jhatka’ piece as it refers to trade wars between the nations. It says that US President Donald Trump is not only changing the old order unilaterally but also putting India through unnecessary hardship in its trade war with China. The end of the generalised system of preferences (GSP) is a big blow to India, which comes months after US had put pressure on India to not import oil from Iran.

Dainik Jagran talks of the uproar over the draft National Education Policy’s three- language formula. There are some leaders in the country who wait to create a hullabaloo over Hindi, it says in ‘Hindi ko lekar halla’. Everyone knows there is a difference between a proposed draft and the final education policy. It is surprising that despite this, people such as Congress leader P Chidambaram have jumped into the fray. Opposition to Hindi language has become a political tool – it must be acknowledged that Hindi is the most influential link language and there has been a steady expansion of the medium in non-Hindi areas, it states.


7th June: The Hindu Tamil editorial talks how the Nipah virus which shook Kerala last year has reared its ugly head yet again. Last year, fruit bats were identified as carriers of the virus. “It is very shocking that fruits bats weren’t monitored after that…,” it says. The piece calls for immediate steps by Kerala’s forest department and the Union health ministry, and modernisation of the virology institute in Trivandrum. Though there has been no evidence of Nipah infection yet in Tamil Nadu government, it says that authorities there “should not be complacent and lethargic”.

Dinamani praises Modi government’s two new cabinet panels for growth and employment: “The Modi government is being proactive in reviving the economic slump….”. Narendra Modi’s victory has paved the way for a strong and stable government for the next five years. If it wants to continue to remain “strong and stable”, the economy and employment need full attention. This step (of announcing two new cabinet panels) shows that the prime minister has realised this, writes Dinamani.

6 June: The Hindu Tamil addresses the failure of Mahagathbandhan and says the grand alliance was “destroyed by BJP slogans”. It says good leaders strengthen their ties and reflect upon why they were rejected by voters. “Opportunistic leaders” look at short-term gains and when alliances break they also destroy the “trust of people” in them.

5 June: Dinamani tackles the controversial three-language policy. It says “compulsory education in one’s mother tongue should be there till the fifth grade”. From the sixth grade on, one’s mother tongue, along with English, Hindi or any other language should also be taught. This three-language policy is good not just for the future of Indian society but also for the future of Tamil societies, it says.

4 June: The Hindu Tamil‘s editorial talks about water crisis in the country. It says: “The immediate biggest challenge that India has to tackle is water crisis. Southern and Western parts of the country are reeling under drought. Water tables have come down like never before in North India. This is the biggest failure of the Central and state governments in water management schemes…With a focus on dams and large storage facilities, groundwater management such as lakes, ponds, wells were not given enough attention”.

It goes on to say: “With environmental degradation, monsoon will be affected. There will be lesser chance of adequate rains. When rivers are on the verge of dying, giving them life is the only prayer that is apt”.

Dinamani‘s editorial analyses parliamentarians of the the 17th Lok Sabha and the new Modi cabinet. It says: “There is not much difference between the 16th and 17th Lok Sabha”. On women representation, it says “59 women in 2009 and 61 women in 2014. Though the numbers still aren’t enough, an increase gives some comfort. Appointing the former HRD minister Smriti Irani as women and child development minister has raised everyone’s eyebrows.

3 June: The Hindu Tamil editorial is on agrarian crisis. It says: “With drought-resistant crops and expansion of cultivable lands, from 2015-16, we have seen more surplus production…”. The edit, however, goes on to say how it is a shame that farmers’ income has not raised since procurement rate is not higher than production cost. Agricultural produce needs to be procured at a good price from farmers, it states. “All varieties of crops have to be brought under crop insurance”, it goes on to say and adds: “Every state should follow the Model Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (ALPM) Act. Investments in agricultural storage and warehousing should be encouraged. Industrial parks which produce food products from agricultural goods should be monitored. Without doing all of these, just increasing the minimum support price can never save the agriculture, it states.

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