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Editorial Simplified : 27th April

Editorial Simplified : 27th 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 : Lest we repeat

Context

A Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Monday discharged nine Malegaon locals from the Malegaon 2006 blasts case. The ATS Maharashtra police, which first probed the case, had arrested the nine on the basis of alleged links with the banned SIMI. The case was later handed over the CBI, which endorsed the ATS findings. In 2011, NIA investigations linked bombings to Hindu terror outfits.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

  • Accountability of police; destruction of life of innocent people.
  • Real perpetrators struck for 2nd time in Malegaon in 2008; even then investigation leads were not followed
  • After NIA in 2011 came out with different investigation, case was not reappraised.
  • Role of central govt

NO POLITICAL WILL

  • It is case of egregious police misconduct but there is no political will to uncover the truth
  • Rather than political bickering over communal angle of the issue, honest accounting of past mistakes is required

WAY FORWARD

  • Police autonomy and police accountability should go hand in hand
  • Wrongful arrest should be investigated, responsibility assigned and institutional correction should start for mistakes committed
  • Compensation for those who suffered miscarriage of justice

Editorial : Don’t give in

Context

Govt is again on path of showdown with trade unions on the issue of interest paid on Employee Provident Fund (EPF) accumulations. Govt has reduced the interest rate (8.7%) instead of agreeing to the demand of Central Board of Trustees of EPF Organization (8.80%)

Anti labour or pragmatism

  • Govt has cut the interest rates of various small saving scheme like Kisan Vikas Patra and Public Provident Fund.
  • Govt also announced quarterly revision of interest rates on small savings
  • Persistent high lending rates have been a dampener for investment starved economy

No looking back

  • Govt had earlier backed down ( rules of EPF withdrawal) from its decisions and buckling under protests will erode its policy credibility
  • Instead govt should try to evolve consensus among stakeholders

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Editorial : The Malegaon reminder

Context

The editorial examines investigation of terrorist activities in India in relation with Malegaon blasts of 2006.

Important points

  • Three blasts shattered Malegaon on the occasion of Shab-e-baraat in 2006.
  • The Maharashtra  Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested a group of Muslim men from Malegaon.
  • All nine accused were acquitted recently in 2016 weighing evidence on side of innocence.
  • No compensation was given for five years of wrongful confinement in jail.
  • The police after years of investigation have cracked down on the real miscreants as being the Indian Mujhahideen and certain fringe Hindu groups.
  • The need is to study the lack of haste in freeing the unfairly charged and to restore faith in neutrality of investigation.
  • Another significant point is Intelligence agencies in India function without any oversight of elected legislature.

Analysis

  • The Malegaon like situations should compel Parliament to demand oversight.
  • An apolitical oversight would cure myopic investigative view of agencies.
  • Terrorist groups are becoming more sophisticated in their operations. A similar sophistication to deal with the threat is needed.
  • The editor suggests that Parliamentary oversight has now become vital.

Editorial : The curious case of Mr. Isa’s visa

Context

The editorial examines India’s stand on terrorism globally in relation with the recent issue and revocation of visa to Mr Isa, a person with Red Notice from Interpol.

Important points

  • Mr Isa a Chinese dissident Uyghur leader’s visa was first issued and then revoked by India. Pertinent to mention here is that Mr Isa was on a Red Notice from Interpol
  • The government now claims that the visa approval was inadvertent. This episode exposes a failure of coordination between External affairs and Home Ministries and intelligence agencies.
  • Certain voices allege that visa was issued in retaliation of China blocking a proposed United Nations ban on Masood Azhar.
  • But if it was a deliberate decision then what prompted the revocation. The government now has to face these questions.
  • A significant issue is the larger principle of India always refusing to interfere in the internal matters of other countries.
  • Also India’s policy of treating all  terrorists equally regardless of their location.

REMARKS

India must think carefully before changing its stance on terrorism as its refusal to bend its principles earlier despite repeated terror attacks have benefited its global outreach. An eye for an eye, tit for tat policy in this regard is unlikely to reap benefits for India.

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