Editorial Simplified : 24th May

Editorial Simplified : 24th 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 : Grim turning point


Taliban chief Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor died in US missile attack. He was appointed chief of the Taliban in July 2015. His leadership saw the Taliban stage offensive operations of unprecedented success

A menance

  • Mansoor’s key partners, the Haqqani Network, demonstrated their power to civil society with a series of barbaric urban bombings, in which civilians were indiscriminately targeted
  • Mansoor had overseen ground operations at Kandahar during the hijacking of Indian Airlines IC814

Power struggle

  • The stakes are not only political. Local ground units of the Taliban have little to gain from joining in a peace process.
  • Local ground units of the Taliban have little to gain from joining in a peace process.
  • With no committed western backing, situation can lead to other gruesome war

Editorial : India’s Shuttle


India has tested first level of its Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) in Low Earth Orbit

ISRO- not first

  • Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies is at the forefront of race to operate reusable space vehicles.
  • It has already sent its craft to the International Space
  • If ISRO can cancel out first mover advantage by slashing prices, it will gain access to a new and fast-developing market.

Time needed

  • Target of a reusable, partly air-breathing two-stage shuttle which can launch heavy satellites into space and land like an aircraft is still almost a decade away
  • The Indian space programme must avoid the showmanship that marks space races

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Editorial : Death of a terrorist


The leader of Taliban Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour was recently killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan. The editorial analyses the situation and suggests the way ahead.
Important Points

  • Mansour took over the charge of Taliban after it’s founder Mullah Omar was declared dead in July 2015.
  • Mansour never enjoyed the authority his predecessor had. Infact Taliban was divided in factions under his rule.

Whether the death of Mansour will weaken insurgency?
This will depend on three main factors:

  • Taliban is divided into factions and Sirajuddin Haqqani the next probable leader was brought in Taliban network only last year. He could face resistance with in the group.
  • Pakistan will continue to play a major role in Afghanistan.
  • The third factor is the State of play of the peace process. Mansour as the leader halted the peace process and went on unleashing death and destruction, this probably led to his death in the end. What lies ahead remains to be seen.


  • Afghanistan’s Government needs to keep in mind these three factors before making any move.
  • The position now seems advantageous as Taliban is leaderless and divided, and Pakistan stands exposed.
  • Whoever the groups next leader is, Afghan government should press ahead with plans for talks either directly or through Pakistan.
  • The USA must continue to put pressure on Pakistan to use its influence on the militant group.

Editorial : iForays in the Indian market


Tim Cook the CEO of Apple Inc. recently visited India. He is the first Apple CEO to visit India in 40 years. The editorial studies the historical visit and tries to predict the future in this regard.
Important points

  • Cook’s visit to India comes barely a month after the company’s first revenue fall in 13 years.
  • The company has now found out that customers from its two main markets US and China are not as eager before for its phones and tablets.
  • It is clearly time for Apple to nurture a big promising market and India seems to be that market.


  • Mr. Cook has taken the task of engaging with India seriously even though he might know that India can be no match for China in the scheme of things for Apple immediately as China apart from being a key manufacturing base also accounts for fourth of Apple’s sales.
  • India is poised to become second largest smartphone market in the world but its buyers are extremely price sensitive.
  • Mr Cook’s announcement regarding opening of its first development centre in India and establishment of a design and development accelerator in Bengaluru show how Apple is now looking at India not only as a market.
  • But one big news that the Government of India would have loved to hear that is Apple manufacturing in India has proved to be elusive for now.


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