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Dainik Jagran says BJP’s results less than expected, Amar Ujala on Ganguly’s second innings

A round-up of the Hindi and Tamil newspapers opinion pages to reflect a North-South viewpoint on topical issues.

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Tuesday, 22 October: Dainik Bhaskar welcomes the offer by the Confederation of Indian Industries to help farmers in Haryana, Punjab and UP by providing tractors with rotary tillers that will help them do away with the practice of stubble burning.

Dainik Jagran asks why policymakers are not looking beyond Delhi. Data on pollution in cities like Lucknow is higher than the national capital but no policy has been formulated for these places. It also says that many non-industrial towns have far worse air quality so they are a bigger cause of worry.

Amar Ujala says the elections in Haryana and Maharashtra are a test for the opposition. BJP had challenged the conventional politics of Haryana and made Manohar Lal Khattar, a non-Jat, the chief minister. In Maharashtra too, it had opted for a non-Maratha, Devendra Fadnavis. The Congress-NCP alliance saw many defections to the BJP-Shiv Sena just before elections. Sharad Pawar has put up a do or die fight despite his age and health but is the opposition challenge strong enough?

Wednesday, 23 October: Amar Ujala focuses on the latest action by the Indian Army against terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Following the army’s action, Pakistan had taken diplomats to PoK – which was just “drama to hide the real truth”. It is clear that Pakistan is not ready to leave its policy of supporting terrorism. How unnerved Pakistan has become is clear by some of its actions like stopping the nation’s postal services.

Dainik Jagran says it is a good step by the Supreme Court to refer all the petitions filed in different high courts to stop misuse of social media. The Centre has said that in the next three months it will formalise rules for social media. There is also fear that the government might curb social media. But it is also a fact that app-operating companies have failed to stop their platforms from being misused.

Thursday, 24 October: Dainik Jagran says the decision of the cabinet to regularise Delhi’s unauthorised colonies will lead to “betarteeb vikas” or unplanned development. All efforts to have planned cities will face a setback. At a time when the government is trying to create smart cities, leaders, for petty political gains, have taken this decision which will encourage people to grab government land.

Dainik Bhaskar says the rabid studio discussions about Pakistan in TV studios have made it difficult for the government to make the right decisions. The tv debates raise such a jingoistic pitch that the psychological war of the Indian government is defeated, as public opinion is instigated and action demanded from the government. The editors should at least look at good practices of journalism and not just chase TRPs.

Amar Ujala talks about Sourav Ganguly’s second innings as the BCCI president. He has taken up the responsibility at a time when due to various reasons the cricket body’s image has been tarnished. It is now hoped that he can make the richest cricket board also the most transparent one during his short stint.

Friday, 25 October: Dainik Jagran and Amar Ujala focus on the message of the Maharashtra and Haryana poll results.

Amar Ujala says the results reflect how voters gave priority to local issues over national ones that the BJP had used in its campaigns. Both PM Modi and Amit Shah had talked about the scrapping of Article 370 and national security in their campaigns. But the results showed that people were more worried about the economic slowdown, joblessness and farm distress. Haryana also gave its message by not re-electing a lot of Khattar ministers.

Dainik Jagran says the results have again shown that national issues do not work in assembly polls. The performance of BJP in both states was less than its expectations. It also indicates that people were not happy with the governments in both Maharashtra and Haryana so they didn’t give the party the kind of mandate it had expected. Time for the BJP to review the work of its state


Monday, 21 October: Dinamani’s editorial is on NCW’s (National Women Commission) recommendation to remove the word ‘illegitimate’ in the Guardianship Act. It writes: “No child is born unlawful or against the law. When all children are equal by birth and before the law, it is a shame for the whole of Indian society that it still has the word ‘illegitimate’ in the law. It is the right recommendation from the commission.” The paper also adds: “The hundred-year-old law must be repealed with the changing times.”

Tuesday, 22 October: On PM Modi’s comments about stopping water to Pakistan, while campaigning for the Haryana assembly elections, Dinamani writes: “Like PM says, what if we do not let a drop of water to Pakistan by stopping all rivers flowing from India? What are we going to do with that water? Is it actually feasible to construct structures to retain/save that amount?” But adds: “Water is a God’s gift. Politics over water is wrong.”

Wednesday, 23 October: Dinamani says the recently held BCCI elections saw “two important office bearers come without a cricket background’’ but who were “appointed for being kin of union ministers’’. “With this, the trend of administering cricket under politicians is being carried forward,’ the paper says. It also writes that Sourav Ganguly will be in office only for 10 months. “Only if he functions by hitting quick centuries with boundaries and sixes, can he succeed as the BCCI head”.

Thursday, 25th October: Dinamani’s editorial is on the northeast monsoon. It writes: “Like Chennai in 2015 and Kerala in 2018, the possibility of devastating floods also comes with this northeast monsoon. Karnataka is witnessing this and Kerala has started seeing it too. While it is comforting to see a minister assure people that the state of Tamil Nadu is well prepared to encounter any situation, the issue itself can also educate people to handle such circumstances, it states.

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