Editorial Simplified : 14th April

Editorial Simplified : 14th day of April 2016

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers. 

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Editorial : Today’s politics aims to neutralize BR Ambedkar

  • To use Ambedkar for partisan political ends is to do the great man an injustice.
  • Anybody worried about the persistence of liberalism in Indian society, the rise of divisive politics, the weakening authority of the state and the challenges of economic modernization should well to go back to Ambedkar.

Ambedkar as a counter-liberal

Ambedkar put a lot of hope in education as a way to minimize social oppression, but he also saw that it would take too long for education to create an equal society in an illiterate country such as India. That is why he banked on the constitutional state to not just be a neutral referee but also an instrument of social change.

Ambedkar on individual liberty

Ambedkar was strong believer in individual liberty,  welcomed modernity in all its forms,  had tremendous faith in the radical possibilities of public education, and  argued that ideas should be judged by whether they worked in practice.

Ambedkar on Constitutional Morality

Ambedkar warned that abandoning constitutional morality—or freedom constrained by the rule of law— would open the gates to anarchy. Indian people should “hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It must mean that we abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha.

Ambedkar on Democracy

Ambedkar believed that political democracy needs to be strengthened with social democracy, which most importantly means the annihilation of caste.

Ambedkar on Political Idolatry
Against the usual Indian tendency towards political idolatry.
Ambedkar on Populism vs Reasoned Politics

He believed more in “reasoned politics” of Ranade rather than  in his opinion “ irresponsible populism “of M. K. Gandhi and M.A. Jinnah .


  • This advice is worth remembering as the nation marks the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar.It remains central to the health of our constitutional democracy.
  • To use Ambedkar to further some partisan political campaign is to do injustice to the great man. So also the desperate urge to put him on a safe pedestal rather than take forward the larger Ambedkarite project.

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Editorial : Whose AmbedkarDr BR Ambedkar

Context :
Dr BR Ambedkar 125th birth anniversary anniversary

Ambedkar : Dying Legacy?

Several claims who want to appropriate Ambedkar’s name, not just Dalits. This effort is keeping his legacy alive.

Quota Politics or End of Caste :

  • Death of Rohit Vemula has reminded that Dalits continue to face social and mental stigma arising out of caste based stigmatization.
  • Affirmative action which was designed to end caste based discrimination has now been transformed into negotiation table for quotas
  • Ambedkar dream of one man-one vote-one value stay unrealized
  • Real respect of Ambedkar is not figting over his legacy but to ensure that his dream of equality based society is realized

Editorial : Achhe dinEditorial Simplified

Context :

The India Meteorological Department’s has predicted that India is likely to receive “above-normal” rainfall this year. After back to back deficient monsoon years India’s agricultural growth has collapsed from 4.2 per cent in 2013-14 to minus 0.2 per cent in 2014-15 and 1.1 per cent in 2015-16

IMD: a reliable forecaster :

  • Inspite of above average rainfall in June 2015, when most of the private players predicted above average monsoon as a whole, IMD stuck to its stance of the monsoon to be deficient as whole
  • Two consecutive el nino years have been, historically, followed by average or above average rainfall which might be the case this year

Government’s Responsibility :

  • It is just a preliminary estimate; euphoria at this stage might be pre mature
  • El nino is weakening but it can linger on till first half of monsoon; overall monsoon can be good but initially it will be weak.
  • Farmers need to be incentivized to sow crops which are essential for domestic demand-supply gap
  • Above average monsoons can cause floods for which preparation is necessary


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Editorial : Green shoots? Maybe, but they need watering

Context :
Recently there have been various positive data points for the Indian economy pointing towards acceleration. This editorial examines these aspects and prospects for economy. 
Important points :

  • The Index Of Industrial Production has registered a 2 % growth after three consecutive months of decline.
  • Consumer price Inflation has dipped to 4.8%, increasing disposable income in hands of consumers. The flip side of this dip is it slows nominal GDP growth.
  • Another trigger for growth is RBI’s accomodative policy and the government’s focus on infrastructure and start-ups.
  • A positive prediction which will have immediate impact is the already predicted above- normal monsoon. Monsoon will boost rural demand.

Conclusion :

  • Erratic growth in agriculture has been the wild card in Indian growth story.
  • Farm sector contributes just 17% to the economy but rural distress has shown to have large impact on consumption.
  • Policy makers may deny but to the editor it appears that India’s growth is still heavily dependent on rain gods. 

Editorial : A firm handshake, not an embrace

Context :

Recent visit of US defence secretary Ashton Carter and the increasing realm of India – US relations. 

Important Points :

  • India has agreed to Sign LEMOA. (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) with USA.
  • Once concluded LEMOA would give American aircrafts and warships access to Indian bases and Indians access to US bases for logistical purposes like refuelling and repair.
  • The agreement will transform India’s relations qualitatively with US, unfurling new security paradigm.
  • The agreement is likely to have multiple implications on India’s relations with other nations.
  • Indian side did not right away sign the agreement in this visit as expected by Americans.

Conclusion :

  • Not signing the LEMOA immediately gives India time to tackle the ongoing domestic debate.
  • Significantly Indian side has not made reference to ‘Joint Patrols’ in its statement like the US did repeatedly.
  • According to the editor Indi must consider repercussions of this huge strategic alliance before concluding it.
  • The US administration will change next year so it would be wise for India to wait for the next meet.
  • US has still not addressed Indian concern on it funding Pakistan.
  • Editor concludes that India should Welcome a firm hand shake with US but need not embrace it just yet.


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