Editorial Simplified : 03rd May

Editorial Simplified : 03rd day of May 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 : Turn the corner


In a case of alleged corruption in the Supreme Court-monitored investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the coal scam, an investigation officer (IO), through a letter, has alleged that senior officers had contaminated some probes. In one instance the complainant alleges reopening of a case even after the closure report was submitted to the SC, because the company’s director had refused to pay a bribe.


  • It is widely believed that CBI needs green signal from its political masters to even take up a case of corruption
  • However, CBI has itself to blame as well. As sighted in letter, CBI officials are also not immune from malpractices like corruption


  • CBI needs to build its status as well as legitimacy as nations premier investigative agency by probing every case of corruption within its ranks in full public view
  • It should also assert its independence from both financial and political manipulation
  • Not only it should be incorruptible, CBI should also seem so.

Editorial : It’s jobs, stupid


Gujarat Govt has promulgated an ordinance of providing 10% quota in govt jobs and education institutions for the economically weak among upper castes


  • Under the constitution, govt can only provide reservations for socially and educationally backward groups and not use it as instrument for economic uplift
  • In M NAGARAJ vs UNION OF INDIA, SC has said that existence of compelling reasons (like backwardness, lack of representation etc) is necessary before providing reservation
  • In INDIRA SAWHNEY, SC has prescribed 50 % cutoff in reservation limit; additional quota will breach this limit


  • Gujarat MSMEs sector has been collapsing which have greater potential to generate jobs; State is dependent on high end capital intensive industries for its growth
  • Wage rate in Gujarat is among the lowest in the country; enough to woo investors but detrimental for large rural and semi rural population

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Editorial : Tinderbox in the Himalayas


Forest fires in Himalayas seem to have become a persistent annual phenomenon. The editorial examines the situation.

Important points

  • Western Himalayan region turns into a tinder box during severe dry season.
  • Various researches which have tried to know the causes of such fires have pointed towards involvement of people in starting the fire.
  • Disaster response has also been shown to be slow and less effective. Eg deployment of only a few helicopters for thousand hectares of forest fire extinguishing.
  • The fire problem might be exacerbated this year by last year’s El Nino, which reduced the pre-monsoon showers.

Suggestions for future

  • Uttarakhand government should involve rural population in preparing for the future. 
  • Community led Van-panchayats might be useful in preventing fires.
  • Progress can be made by providing environmental education to local residents and officials.
  • The use of biomass alternatives has had a beneficial impact on fire risk, this must be expanded.
  • Another step required is stopping spread of pine trees planted for narrow economic reasons.
    The imperative is to stop the havoc wrought by man made fires and compensate those affected by fire.


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