Editorial Simplified : 29th April

Editorial Simplified : 29th day of April 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 : All in the frame


Odd-even brings on some scenes of cross-party participation

Political Example in India 

Phase 1:

  • CJI and his brother judge carpooling to work.
  • AAP ministers waiting for their chief to give them a lift to the secretariat.

Phase 2:

  • Supriya Sule of the NCP, Poonam Mahajan of the BJP and Sushmita Dev of the Congress shared a car .
  • MPs belonging AAP’s & BJP, have made their way to the House on cycle, bus .

Some Examples in the world

  • Paris, frequently breaches EU standards for some pollutants & now has successfully dabbled with car-free days and road rationing and has built public momentum against pollution with a helium balloon that hovers over the skyline and changes colour depending on pollution levels.
  • French president’s eschewal of the presidential jet for the train.
  • In Jakarta, which also battles a pollution crisis, the governor banned city officials from using cars on the first Friday of each month.
  • In Switzerland, 91 per cent of delegates take tram to parliament.


  • Pollution and the environment have become political, mainstream issues.
  • The power of political example must not be underestimated.
  • Civic participation over the pockets of genuine opposition to the policy

Way Forward

  • As the second phase of odd-even ends, it will no doubt be evaluated on its impact on suspended particulate matter and congestion.
  • But in foregrounding pollution as a political issue and engendering a cross-party resolve to combat it, it has already made a dent.

Editorial : Sedition law


Sedition law brings only disrepute to Governments that brandish it 

Instances of initiating sedition charges in India

  • government has put Hardik Patel Issue away for the better part of a year for sedition, because of the ostensible gravity and repeatability of his “offence”.
  • arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar and his fellow travellers at JNU.
  • Earlier this year, Ashis Nandy, who does not enjoy the material support of any political organisation, was forced to offer an apology for painting the Gujarat government in a poor light.
  • The demand for reservations raised by his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti.
  • Charges against Binayak Sen, Arundhati Roy and S.A.R. Geelani.

 What did the government gain?

  • Questions on right to liberty?
  • Governments should engage with these issues politically rather than using colonial instruments like the sedition law.
  • Absurdity of retaining Section “124 A” of the Indian Penal Code, which governs sedition, on the statute books.
  • Strength of the police force?


  • None Of The Celebrated Sedition Cases Of Recent Years Brought Any Credit To Government rather it raised a lot of unanswered questions against the Govt of the day.

Editorial : A new political turn in Bengal

CPM-Congress bonhomie points to a new political turn in Bengal. phase of post-ideology politics that also reflects the maturing of a layered federal polity. What was deemed an impossible political scenario until recently is playing to a full house in West Bengal as the state enters the last lap of the six-phase election
Latest develpoments during west bengal elections

  • Congress VP Rahul Gandhi and CPM stalwart and former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee smiling and shaking hands at the joint rally of the two parties in Kolkata on Wednesday.
  • leaders of both parties, including the CPM’s chief ministerial nominee and politburo member, Suryakanta Mishra, and state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, have been addressing joint rallies.

What does CPM officially say?

  • CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has suggested it was kosher for Bhattacharjee to share the stage with Gandhi since the former was no longer a part of the party’s central leadership.
  • Left’s central leadership has been at pains to explain that it is only a seat adjustment, not an alliance.
  • The Congress, less encumbered by history and ideology, has had fewer qualms in admitting to the jot.

 Why have the parties joined hands?

  • political exigency has forced the two parties, sworn adversaries in the state since Independence, to come together.
  • Arithmetic drawn from the 2014 general election, which the Trinamool near-swept, indicated that the vote share of the Left Front and the Congress in West Bengal matched the Trinamool’s numbers. Feeling the heat on the ground, cadres pushed reluctant leaderships to forget the past and join hands.
  • The outcome of the Bihar assembly polls, where Nitish Kumar, who had defined his politics in opposition to that of Lalu Prasad, built a winning Mahagathbandhan with the RJD and the Congress, must also have influenced the tie-up in Bengal.

Way forward:

  • However, political arrangements, forged only for power, may not last if the parties fail to discover or forge common ground. The jot in Bengal, for instance, will need to converge on political goals that go beyond a shared antipathy towards their common foe.
  • The tie-up that enthuses cadres may not attract voters if it does not promise political stability and a governance agenda.

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Editorial : More noise than light

The editorial deals with the Augusta Westland Chopper deal of 2010 and the alleged corruption.
Important points

  • The huge uproar in the Parliament recently regarding Augusta Westland company’s VVIP helicopter deal of 2010 and the related corruption missed the real question in the wake of self serving exchanges between political parties.
  • Recently a High Court in Milan overturned the partial acquittal of the officials of the helicopter company.
  • In India both the UPA and NDA government did very little to take investigation further.
  • If the Centre is now committed to uncovering the truth about the deal then it is important for the enforcement directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation should now without wasting time commit to serious work.

Broader Analysis

  • Eradicating corruption from the defence is a necessity not just to save tax payers money but also to uphold country’s battlefield preparedness.
  • Equipment bought on compromised standards can have untold consequences at critical moments.
  • India must shed its image as the play ground for corrupt middlemen. The Augusta Westland deal provides an opportunity to work towards this goal.

Editorial : Another missed opportunity

The editorial discusses the current situation in India-Pakistan’s bilateral relations.
Important points

  • Recently the foreign secretary level meeting between India and Pakistan failed to find ant common ground to discuss bilaterally.
  • The issues raised by both parties such as 26/11 attacks by India and Baluchistan interference by the Pakistan side seemed statements for respective domestic audience and not bilateral outreach.
  • There are hopes that as Pakistan hosts the SAARC summit thus year , it may be willing to be more flexible in talks.
  • Various other positives for bilateral relations have been the UFA meeting between the two Prime ministers, sustained contact between National security advisers and the  unscheduled visit to Lahore by the Indian Prime Minister.


  • The two Prime Ministers have expressed clearly the vision for bilateral ties by keeping alive a direct line of conversation for months.
  • It is now for the governments which in Pakistan also means military to work towards realization of the vision.
  • The editor feels that in a world where USA and Cuba have restored ties, Russia-China have formed close partnership and Iran has come out of isolation, it is not to much to hope that India and Pakistan can at least discuss key issues. 


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