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Economy is Modi’s biggest challenge, says Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran calls CDS ‘historic’

A round up of the Hindi newspapers opinion pages to reflect the viewpoint from the heartland on topical issues.

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Monday, 30 December

Dainik‌ Jagran‌‌ ‌talks about the ‌role‌ ‌of‌ ‌youth in India‌.‌ ‌Prime Minister‌ Modi‌ ‌in‌ ‌his radio programme‌‌ ‌Mann‌ ‌ki‌ ‌Baat‌ ‌said‌ ‌that‌ ‌today’s‌ ‌youth‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌follow‌ ‌the‌ ‌system and ‌they‌ ‌will‌ ‌question‌ it if it doesn’t work properly.‌ The irony is ‌that‌ ‌politicians want‌ ‌to‌ ‌run‌ the ‌system‌ ‌with‌ ‌old‌ ‌thoughts.‌ ‌PM Modi ‌also‌ ‌said‌ that ‌millenials‌ ‌will‌ ‌play‌ a ‌crucial‌ ‌role‌ ‌in‌ ‌shaping‌ future ‌generations.

Tuesday, 31 December

Dainik‌ ‌Jagran‌ ‌comments on the ‌appointment‌ ‌of‌ General Bipin Rawat as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).‌ ‌The Modi‌ ‌government‌’s ‌approval‌ ‌for‌ ‌the CDS‌ ‌post‌ ‌is‌ ‌remarkable‌ ‌and‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌national‌ ‌interest.‌ The position is a ‌tool‌ ‌to‌ ‌change‌ ‌the military‌ ‌system.‌ ‌After‌ ‌the‌ Kargil‌ ‌war,‌ ‌a CDS was‌ ‌needed‌ as India‌ ‌ ‌faced‌ ‌lack‌ ‌of‌ ‌coordination‌ ‌between‌ the ‌three‌ ‌forces. However, it is only now, with the Modi government that this post has come into existence.‌ ‌Today,‌ ‌it ‌is‌ necessary and‌ a historic development in world affairs.

‌Amar Ujala‌ ‌talks‌ ‌about‌ the decisions taken by the Modi government in its second term from ‌triple‌ ‌talaq, to the ‌revocation of‌ Article‌ ‌370‌ and subsequent‌ ‌bifurcation of ‌Jammu and Kashmir ‌into‌ ‌two‌ union territories.‌ The Citizenship Amendment Act and the‌ ‌National Register of Citizens‌ ‌have‌ ‌created‌ a ‌debate‌ ‌between‌ ‌pluralism‌ ‌and‌ ‌majoritarianism.‌ ‌Now,‌ the‌ ‌biggest‌ ‌challenge‌ ‌for‌ Modi‌ ‌is‌ the economy.‌ ‌RBI ‌has‌ ‌predicted‌ ‌6 per cent‌ ‌GDP‌ ‌growth in the coming year.‌ ‌However, ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌fulfill‌ ‌Modi’s‌ ‌vision‌ ‌of‌ ‌making‌ ‌India‌ ‌a‌ ‌$5‌ ‌trillion‌ ‌economy.‌ ‌ ‌

‌Thursday, 2‌ January‌ ‌

Dainik‌ ‌Bhaskar‌ ‌looks at the good‌ ‌governance‌ ‌index of various states.‌ ‌Good‌ ‌Governance‌ ‌Day‌ ‌is‌ ‌observed‌ ‌on‌ 25 December, on ‌the‌ ‌birth‌ ‌anniversary‌ ‌of‌ ‌former‌ ‌Prime‌ ‌Minister‌ ‌Atal‌ ‌Bihari‌ ‌Vajpayee.‌ ‌States‌ ‌and‌ ‌UTs‌ ‌are‌ ‌divided‌ ‌into‌ ‌three‌ ‌groups in the index‌ ‌—‌ big‌ ‌states,‌ ‌Northeastern‌ ‌and‌ ‌hilly‌ ‌states,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Union‌ ‌Territories.‌ ‌State‌s ‌like‌ ‌Odisha,‌ ‌Bihar,‌ ‌Goa,‌ ‌Uttar‌ ‌Pradesh‌ ‌and‌ ‌Jharkhand‌ ‌are‌ ‌poor‌ ‌performers in the index while Tamil Nadu‌ ‌topped‌ ‌the‌ ‌it.‌ ‌The‌ states‌ ‌are‌ ‌assessed‌ ‌on‌ ‌performances‌ ‌in‌ ‌various‌ ‌sectors‌ ‌such‌ ‌as‌ ‌agriculture‌ ‌and‌ ‌allied‌ ‌sectors,‌ ‌commerce‌ ‌and‌ ‌industries,‌ ‌human‌ ‌resource‌ ‌development,‌ ‌public‌ ‌health,‌ ‌public‌ ‌infrastructure‌ ‌and‌ ‌utilities,‌ ‌economic‌ ‌governance,‌ ‌ social‌ ‌welfare‌ ‌and‌ ‌development,‌ ‌judicial‌ ‌and‌ ‌public‌ ‌security,‌ ‌environment,‌ ‌and‌ ‌citizen-centric‌ ‌governance.‌ ‌

‌Dainik‌ Jagran‌ talks ‌about‌ ‌the‌ Islamist‌ ‌organisation,‌ ‌Popular‌ ‌Front‌ ‌of‌ India‌ ‌(PFI).‌ ‌‌PFI ‌is ‌suspected‌ ‌of playing a role in‌ ‌the‌ ‌recent‌ ‌statewide‌ ‌violent‌ ‌protests‌ ‌against‌ ‌the‌ ‌amended‌ ‌citizenship‌ ‌law in Uttar Pradesh and the ‌police‌ ‌has‌ ‌arrested‌ ‌some of its members.‌ ‌This‌ ‌organisation‌ ‌is‌ ‌already‌ ‌banned‌ ‌in‌ Jharkhand‌ and Uttar‌ ‌Pradesh‌ ‌government‌ ‌has‌ ‌sent‌ ‌a‌ ‌report‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ministry‌ ‌of‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Affairs‌ ‌(MHA)‌ ‌recommending‌ a ‌ban‌ in UP.

Friday, 3 January

Amar Ujala focuses on the deaths of newborn babies in Rajasthan’s Kota. More than 90 deaths have occurred within a month. Lok Sabha Speaker and Kota MP Om Birla had tweeted on Thursday morning that he had sent a letter to the Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot asking him to strengthen medical facilities.

During an inspection of the J.K. Lon Hospital, NCPCR, the apex child rights body, found broken windows and gates. There was an acute shortage of staff and pigs were roaming inside the hospital campus.The Gehlot government has claimed the death toll in 2019 is the lowest in recent years.

Last year, more than 100 children died in Muzaffarpur due to encephalitis and in 2017 more than 60 died due to lack of oxygen in hospitals. These incidents show that the central as well as state governments are not conscious about health facility of common people.

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