Editorial Simplified : 21st May

Editorial Simplified : 21st 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 : Trial balloon


The Beijing firm Space vision intends to create a balloon with a pressurized hull to take paying passengers 40 km up, dropping them back to earth in pressure suits with parachutes attached. Passengers can experience zero gravity as well.

New sunrise sector

  • Balloon is now on the drawing board, and the Chinese can soon start selling tickets for sub-orbital tourism
  • It will change the present notion of freedom of travel to freedom to travel anywhere (in this case, it is outer space)

Re-use of balloons for human flight

  • Human flying odyssey started from balloons
  • In this case, Balloon flights will be relatively cheap
  • Lesser pricing can propel this sector to blossom

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Editorial : Against all odds


The editorial talks about the recent Assembly Election results in Tamil Nadu.

Important points

  • All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (AIADMK) secured a historic win in Tamil Nadu.
  • For the first time since 1987, a ruling party was voted back to power.
  • Significantly Jayalalithaa the leader of AIADMK contested the elections without any significant coalition.


  • The victory has dispelled any remaining doubts that the AIADMK is the single largest force in Tamil Nadu.
  • Anti-incumbency was mitigated this time by a shrewd mix of populism and social welfare programmes. In the list of  social welfare measures the opening of canteens with subsidized rates was a significant one.

Future Agenda

  • During the next 5 years the tasks before AIADMK are more challenging.
  • The tasks which need to be done include
    • Expanding achievements on education and health front.
    • Improving Tamil Macy’s infrastructure to attract more investment.
    • Ensuring that manufacturing sector is not hobbled by power shortages.

Editorial : The message from West Bengal


The editorial studies the Assembly Election results in West Bengal.

Important points

  • The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) suffered a disastrous loss in West Bengal, the state it ruled for decades earlier.
  • The CPI(M) had contested these elections putting a joint front with Congress.
  • The alliance was put up even when the Central leadership if CPI(M) had reservation about it.
  • It is impossible to say that whether the Left front would have fared better if it would have gone alone or not.
  • The fact however seems that the elections were not lost by Left front but won by Trinamool Congress under Mamta Banerjee.

Reasons for Trinamool Congress’s success

  • Banerjee increased the focus on development and delivery of essential services.
  • The Trinamool Congress knitted together welfare politics that not only borrowed from the Left’s economic agenda but also customised outreach.
  • Among the successful programmes were- the Rs 2 per kg rice, stipends for young women who continue studies and recruitment of constables from Maoist Belt.
  • Although these increased the State’s Debt-GDP ratio but opponents failed to corner the Trinamool Congress on this point.


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