Editorial Simplified : 07th day of May 2016
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Editorial : Drought: A ringing silence
Relevance of the Draught situation in legislature.
WHAT IS THE NEWS?
Only 80-odd MPs were present when the Lok Sabha finally found time to discuss the drought.
WHAT IS THE IMPORATNCE OF DISCUSSION IN THE LEGSLATURE?
Views and suggestions of M.P.’s, extending to criticism of government measures, would have provided valuable inputs for dealing with a crisis that calls for both immediate and long-term responses.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT SITUATION OF DRAUGHT?
It has affected about 33 crore people across 256 districts in 10 states.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE DRAUGHT
Prices of many crops have been increasing and decreasing, making it a drought essentially for farmers.
WHAT WAS THE EXPECTATION FROM THE GOVT?
This issue that should haven been the top national concern .
ISSUES THAT HAVE RISEN
- It required the Supreme Court to tell the Centre to provide immediate relief to drought-hit states rather than Govt acting on itz own .
- While activist judges and PIL-filing NGOs have done a excellent job in taking up public causes, they cannot substitute for elected representatives.
- Priorities in Parliament are more towards political issues
- Since urban India hasn’t been affected as much, it has also not drawn attention of the kind that would have forced Parliament to take more than cursory notice.
The public wants to know what the representatives of the people have to say on the drought situation as it has unfolded in their areas.
Editorial : Unceasing strife
Consequences of War crimes justice for 1971 war in Bangladesh .
WHAT IS THE NEWS?
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman will be executed in Bangladesh.
WHO IS MOTIUR RAHMAN NIZAMI?
Jamaat-e-Islami leader who is convicted on 16 counts of genocide, rape and torture by the war crimes by a tribunal set up by the Hasina government in 2010.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR EXECUTION?
To punish forces that collaborated with Pakistan in the 1971 war of liberation and unleashed killings and rape on East Pakistani soil.
HAS THERE BEEN SUCH OTHER EXECUTIONS AS WELL IN THE PAST?
Yes, the Govt has already punished certain other individuals for 1971 war crimes as well.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF SUCH PROCESS?
To bring about reconciliation for the events in 1971 war.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUNCES OF SUCH EXECUTIONS
- Each execution has proved to be politically polarising.
- The Hasina government has been accused of using the tribunal against political rivals.
- Independent legal experts see the process as flawed, and human rights activists have condemned the executions.
- ,Bangladesh has witnessed a spate of horrific murders of secular and aethist thinkers, writers, bloggers and academics .
- Last week, first a university professor, and then an editor of a magazine on LGBT issues and his friend, were killed by machete-wielding men.
- The other executions had led to violent protests and killings as supporters and opponents of the government clashed on the streets.
WHO IS TO BE BALMED FOR SUCH INCIDENTS?
Police blames Ansarullah Bangla and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangla, two Islamist groups, both with ideological links to the Jamaat-e-Islami.
WHERE IS THE GOVT LAGGING?
The government has not been able to stop these killings despite claims of over 100 arrests in the last three years.
- The execution of Motiur Rahman is not going to make Bangladesh a safer place. Indeed, it may only unleash another cycle of violence.
- Concerns in India over the strife in Bangladesh are bound to rise.
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Editorial : In a freebie state
The election process has been set in motion in Tamil Nadu. The editorial examines the freebies offered by the contesting parties and their effects.
- The State of Tamil Nadu is now full of party manifestos promising a huge number of freebies if the party comes to power.
- The ruling party Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazgham has released its manifesto just 10 days before election day to better the offers made by others.
Previous freebies in Tamil Nadu Elections
- In 2006 elections Dravida Munnetera Kazgham had offered color televisions and proceeded to deliver them when voted to power, since then freebies have been an integral part of party manifestos in Tamil Nadu.
- Subsidies and freebies have not been necessarily bad and have sometimes played an important role in social welfare.
- The noon meal scheme increased enrolment and reduced drop outs in schools.
- The free laptop scheme allowed students to have greater access to higher education.
- But many other freebies like Tv and Fans were not targeted towards poor, they were just given away as post election gifts, diverting funds from essential services
- Competitive populism has hindered social welfare measures and investment in infrastructure development.
- Keeping promises of freebies in manifestos is easy but doing so without affecting investment in critical areas such as health, education and infrastructure is really difficult.
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