Editorial Simplified : 22nd Day of March 2017

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. 

The Hindu

Editorial : Managing Manipur – On the importance of a stable government 

Context

BJP government wins trust vote in Manipur 

Important points

  • Amidst continuing ethnic strife and insurgency in Manipur, and it’s dependency on the Central government for funds, it was important to have a stable government in the state.
  • Congress was the single largest party yesterday the BJP managed to scoop in and claimed to have the numbers to form a government and the partisan behaviour of the Governor manifested by the haste of inviting BJP and asking it to have a floor test, the dubious election of the Speaker, and his dubious decision of having a floor test by a voice vote lend an aura of controversy to the whole process leading up to the formation of the government.
  • This said, the first decision of the new CM to announce tri-party talks between the state government, central government and the United Naga Council resulting in the lifting of the five-month long blockade by the UNC is a positive first step.

Analysis

  • The important thing now will be to handle the proposed negotiation in a manner that is true to the integrity of Manipur and does not lead to any discontent in the Kuki community of Manipur as that could worsen the ethnic strife with the Nagas.

The Indian Express

Editorial : Shooting the cop 

Context:
The head of the Staff Selection Commission for Bihar has been arrested by the Bihar police on the charges of leaking of question papers and the Bihar IAS officers’ association claim it to be arbitrary and at the behest of the political class
Important Points:

  • The Bihar IAS officers have rallied in support of the arrested officer and have sought some form of protection from such, as they claim, arbitrary arrests at the behest of the executive and have refused to obey oral orders in the future.
  • A retired IAS officer has suggested magistracy control over such arbitrary police action reminiscent of the days if the Raj when the ICS were judge, jury and executioner.
  • Looked at the from the point of view of the victim, the society in such cases of corruption, it is expected that eventually the culprit should be behind bars.
  • The accused on the other hand, IAS officers in such a case, would believe that they’ve been wronged. But the fact that in every criminal case the accused has to be presented in front of a magistrate within 24-hours and the judge can then decide if the manner and cause of arrest are justified, if not so he can grant bail, is enough protection from any totally arbitrary police action.
  • The demand of IAS officers of Bihar for a form of immunity from arrest is in total disregard of the current mood of the society which wants an end to the corruption by those in power and punishment for the guilty.
  • Already, some immunity already exists for politicians, judiciary and senior bureaucrats.
  • So, to end the perception of arbitrariness of the police it is important that such high-profile cases are handled with professionalism and integrity and staving off any pressure from the political class.
  • This will lend credibility to the investigation and the prosecution process.

The Indian Express

Editorial : Objection, my Lord

Context

The suggestion by the Chief Justice of India to decide the Ayodhya dispute out-of-court by negotiation

Important Points

  • The Ayodhya dispute has had a tortuous journey. The ‘stoking’ of passions led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and since they there have been several failed attempts to settle the issue.
  • The 2011 decision of the Allahabad High Court dividing the land equally between the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla was stayed by the Supreme Court.
  • In this light, the suggestion by the CJI reeks of abdication of responsibility. The issue has to be settled on constitutional principle and not on sentiment.
  • Also, the space for negotiation has shrunk especially with the brute majority that the BJP now commands in UP, which gives it disproportionate strength and power on the back of which the issue may be negotiated.

Analysis

  • This sets a wrong tone for the settlement of the dispute, that in such contentious issues, the majority and minority will settle the matter based on their respective strengths in negotiation.
  • Majority leads to government format, but is not a substitute for constitutional principles, which protect the right of every individual irrespective of the strength of his numbers.

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