Editorial Simplified : 09th June

Editorial Simplified : 09th Day of June 2016

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Editorial : Never in Punjab


The editorial delves into the censoring of the film Udta Punjab by the Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC) keeping in foray the law of the land.

Important points

  • Not for the first time are the censors being demanded, have no rational basis and violate constitutional guarrantee of freedom of expression.
  • Udta Punjab is a film set in Punjab which deals with widespread drug addiction problem.
  • The CBFC wants the specific reference to Punjab expunged.
  • The apparent reasons for this censorious zeal are the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab where the ruling Alkali dal combine with BJP has not been able to control the drug menace.
  • The film producer has taken the matter to court with judgement still awaited.


  • Film makers have for long faced resistance from CBFC or assorted groups in forms of threats of violence.
  • The freedom of expression seems to be negotiated politically for the producers.
  • Efforts like the Khosla report to make CBFC independent have failed to sensitize the institution to freedom of expression.
  • A practical solution was offered by Shyam Benegal Committee set up this year.
  • It proposed that the CBFC should only certify the film and its scope should be restricted to categorising the suitability of film according to audience group.

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Editorial : Strategic shift


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US has produced evidence that the transfiguration of India’s ties with the world’s principal superpower.

Ties on mend

  • India has agreed on the language for the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement which will allow US troops to use Indian military bases
  • US will grant India licence-free access to strategic technologies
  • Nudged along by the US, Italy also dropped its objections to India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR); MTCR membership will ease the acquisition of high-end technology for the space programme, and targetting equipment on military drones.
  • Finally, there are hopes for progress on the nuclear deal signed in 2005, with Westinghouse beginning preliminary work on a six reactor deal.

Chinese mistrust

  • China’s unwillingness to accommodate India’s concerns on terrorism has fuelled cynicism as well as Beijing’s nationalist muscle-flexing throughout its near-neighbourhood
  • Modi government sees India’s decayed military infrastructure simply cannot deter regional threats without a programme of capacity-building, which in turn requires the acquisition of cutting-edge technology.

Shift in foregn policy

  • In the future, India could find itself more involved in security operations in West Asia
  • India could conceivably be drawn, too, into crisis in the South China Sea — or face greater pressure from China along the borders in Ladakh or Arunachal Pradesh.
  • China could step up support for Pakistan’s missile and nuclear programme, forcing India to make hard strategic choices.

Editorial : Polls apart


The push from a section of the political class to have simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies have found a resonance with the Election Commission of India (EC).


  • The EC has informed the Union Law Ministry it could undertake the exercise if the logistical and financial challenges, are addressed.
  • From beefing up infrastructure and machinery to building a political consensus on drawing up a common poll schedule, the EC had outlined the many impediments

Natural evolution

  • Separation of the poll cycle was the inevitable outcome of the constitutional federalism that defines relations between the Union and the states.
  • The rise of powerful regional parties, often in opposition to the dominant Centre, further strengthened the federal element in the polity.

Benefits of separate elections

  • A common poll schedule for the Lok Sabha and assemblies could lead to fixed terms for Houses, making coalitions a necessity than a virtue.
  • Assembly elections are now fought on local issues and, in the true spirit of federalism
  • Clubbing them with the general election could lead to a situation where the national narrative submerges the regional story.


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