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Jagran sees Congress falling apart, Dinamani says India Bangladesh have Tagore in common

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

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Monday, 7 October: Dainik Jagran talks about the unprecedented upheavals of the Congress party before the Haryana and Maharashtra elections. Haryana Congress witnessed ex-state party chief, Ashok Tanwar, quitting the party citing irregularities in ticket distribution. Meanwhile ex-Maharashtra Congress chief, Sanjay Nirupam, also seems to be on the verge of quitting the party. These leaders said that anyone close to Rahul Gandhi was now being sidelined. The schism between the old guard and new leaders of Congress has become apparent and at a time when the country needs a strong Opposition, the Congress seems to be in a state of uncertainty, the newspaper writes

Amar Ujala talks about the question of development and environment concerns. It says only that development is sustainable which keeps the environment in mind. It hopes that the protests against felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey colony will inform policy makers about keeping the environment in mind while undertaking development projects.

Wednesday October 9Amar Ujala says the Indian Air Force will gain new strength with the induction of Rafale. It reports that the twin-engine French fighter jet, which can escape radar detection, will strengthen the IAF against Pakistan and China. Rafale will be a game-changer for India in the South Asian geopolitics, it adds.

Dainik Jagran: Just before China’s President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive for an informal bilateral summit, China has been making statements against India’s decision to scrap Article 370 and even raised it at the United Nations Security Council. The two countries have previously sparred over Arunachal and Doklam. These long drawn out boundary talks show that China is not keen to solve it any time soon. It is understandable that disputes cannot be resolved overnight but if China keeps using Pakistan as a pawn against India, then New Delhi will have to think of other strategic partnerships. It has to understand that both India and China can progress only if they are together.

Thursday, October 10Dainik Bhaskar says it’s a case of too little, too late for Indian farmers and crop insurance. The government plans to use drones in 10 states and 96 districts to evaluate crops and decide the amount of insurance cover to be given on the basis of these drone photographs. China and US have 70 and 90 per cent crop insurance respectively, while India’s coverage is just 24 per cent. This year the central government has toughened the regulations for insurance companies and state governments. They will have to pay 12 per cent interest if they delay the payment to farmers

Dainik Jagran focuses on the churning in Congress and says that even the old leaders of Congress do not know where the party is going. Rahul Gandhi’s foreign trip, during election campaigns in Haryana and Maharashtra, sends a message that he is not serious about electoral politics. Additionally, the party leaders instead of focusing on issues of national interest are making statements on peripheral issues. The party is in a sorry state and it is harming not just itself but Indian democracy too, the newspaper says.

Friday, October 11Amar Ujala underlines the worries expressed by new IMF chief, Kristalina Georgieva, in her maiden speech. She made three comments about the world’s economic situation – unemployment is at a historical low point in US and Germany but economic activity has slowed down; China’s economic growth rate is sliding and developing economies of India and Brazil are experiencing the most powerful impact of a slowdown and the reasons for this economic downturn are geopolitical tensions, Brexit and the trade war between China and the US.

Kristalina’s comments on India are correct: the economic growth rate in the first quarter was down to five per cent and the RBI has revised the economic growth to 6.1 per cent whereas Moody’s has kept it at 5.8 per cent. However, India’s malaise is not limited to a global downturn but also its own economic policies, writes Ujala.


Monday, 7 October: Dinamani writes on China’s 70thanniversary celebrations. It refers to recent problems faced by China – trade with US, Hong Kong protests, Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang camps and an ageing population among others. It says, “While communist China is celebrating its 70th year, there are also explicit signs for China’s downfall. ‘Without the Communist Party, there would be no new China’ was a famous slogan 30 years ago. It is still being heard in the country. Not with the soul, but only on government enforcement.”

Wednesday, 9 OctoberDinamani writes on the 4-day visit of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to India. Giving a background of issues like NRC and water-sharing issues, it writes, “Like India has Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ as the national anthem, Bangladesh also has Tagore’s another poem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ as its national anthem. From this, it is very evident that both countries share close cultural aspects.” It also writes that the responsibility lies with India “to ensure that no cracks occur in this close relationship”.

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