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Dainik Jagran calls Air India ‘loss-making’ company, Bhaskar on economy’s good & bad news

A weekend round up of editorial comment in leading Hindi newspapers on the most topical issues of the day.

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Tuesday, 28 January 

Dainik Jagran says Air India sale is on the blocks again and notes that there is no logic in running a loss-making company. It is any way not the job of a government to run an airline or any other industry. It would be good if the government strengthened its disinvestment policy and divest from other government units before they, too, fall sick, adds the newspaper. Air India’s annual losses are mounting and if it remains in such a state it might have to shut down.

Amar Ujala writes that the agreement of the Bodo separatists with the central and Assam government will solve the five-decade-old Bodo problem. It is a historical agreement and the government will have to make sure vested interests don’t sabotage it. On 30 January, approximately 1,500-armed workers of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland will lay down their arms. The agreement will bring the prohibited Bodo groups into the mainstream.

Dainik Bhaskar writes that when Modi came to power in 2014 he talked of cooperative federalism. However, the situation now is such that the central government and the states are at loggerheads and politics is taking priority over people’s welfare. The latest case of the Bhima Koregaon investigation is a case to point. Till the Shiv Sena was with the BJP, the investigation against the Elgar Parishad was going full steam ahead — 10 Parishad members were put behind bars and called ‘urban naxals’.

Now two years later, Shiv Sena is an alliance partner of Congress-NCP and doesn’t consider the jailed Parishad members as terrorists. This investigation shouldn’t have been left with the state police, as it has become a pawn in the hands of politics. It should have been sent to the National Investigation Agency, which was set up for such cases after Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Wednesday, 29 January 

Dainik Bhaskar says that if one looks at the records in the last five months, then in India, a child pornography video is uploaded on social media every 10 minutes. The videos are being uploaded from upscale urban areas — Delhi leads the pack followed by other cities like Mumbai, Pune and some big cities in UP, Gujarat and West Bengal.  The US-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) recently gave this information to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). It shows that the depraved mentality is higher in well-educated urban areas than in the rural areas of the country. It is a sad state of affairs that despite such a large number of videos are being uploaded to social media and the state and central police seem to be clueless.

Thursday, 30 January

Amar Ujala says that it is not surprised that Pavan Verma and Prashant Kishor have been thrown out of the JD(U) for anti-party activities. They had to pay the price for their indiscipline — “anushashanheenta ki keemat”. Both the leaders had taken a stand at odds with the party line. Verma wrote a critical letter to Bihar chief minister and party chief, Nitish Kumar and also made it public. While Prashant Kishor, despite being the party’s vice president took a stand against the Citizenship Amendment Act and defied the party line. There was no option for Kumar but to expell these leaders. It reminded one of the ousters of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from Aam Aadmi Party a few years back.

Dainik Bhaskar raises the issue of sedition charges being slapped on Sharjeel Imam for his speech at the Aligarh Muslim University. The IIT engineer who later joined JNU talked of cutting off the chicken neck and setting Assam free from India. The paper asks if sedition charges should be slapped on such speeches or is this a result of governments becoming less tolerant? C.N. Annadurai had talked of a separate Dravid land in the Rajya Sabha, some 58 years back and it was dismissed with laughter. There have been other instances like this as well.

Dainik Jagran calls out the behaviour of Kerala state assembly towards the governor of the state. Not only was the Governor heckled, but the Opposition, in cahoots with the ruling party, also raised slogans against him. He was also forced to read a paragraph opposing the CAA, which he mentioned he was reading under duress and didn’t agree with.  It is a mockery that opposition parties talk of the Constitution and democracy in one breath and flout it in the next.

Friday, 31 January

Dainik Bhaskar says that the Indian economy’s story is swinging between good and bad news. A study shows that in the last five years in seven sectors 3.64 crore people have become unemployed while in India some 1.2 crore unemployed get added every year. This presents a really dark picture. Meanwhile, IMF chief Gita Gopinath feels India’s slowdown is temporary and the country will bounce back. For the common man, GDP figures might have no meaning but rising prices of everyday commodities, do have an impact. In the forthcoming budget, despite pressure to give tax rebates to companies, relief should be given to farmers and general population so that the spending of two-thirds of the population improves, which will relieve the stress on the economy.

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