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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 20 July, 2020

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Iran and China

“Breadth and depth of proposed partnership is spectacular. But it also carries big political risks,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. “Despite widespread international attention and much political excitement in India, the Iran-China deal worth $400 billion is an ambitious plan, not a confirmed deal. The plan has been under consideration for long, but remained unimplemented. On the face of it, it makes sense to both. Tehran is desperate to break out of the American sanctions’ chokehold. Tehran’s hope that Europe will defy the Trump Administration and prevent Iran’s commercial isolation, has evaporated. Moscow can certainly create political space in Tehran’s fight with Washington, but it can’t bring the scale of economic engagement that Beijing is capable of. China has no difficulty in recognising that an all-encompassing strategic partnership with Iran could make China the dominant power of the Gulf region,” read the full editorial here.

 

Curse of gold

“A smuggling case raises questions about abuse of authority in Pinarayi government, underlines need for accountability,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, ” A gold smuggling case has cast a shadow over the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, which has basked in the spotlight recently for its remarkable management of the COVID-19 epidemic. It has cast unflattering light on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office, after at least one person arrested in the smuggling case was found to have close links to the principal secretary to CM, M Sivasankar. The government has rightly handed over the case to central agencies, and suspended Sivasankar, pending investigation,” read the full editorial here.

John Lewis: A champion of social justice

“The US civil rights hero leaves behind a rich legacy for the world,” read the editorial of The Hindustan Times. It further reads, “John Lewis is no more. He would have died a broken man — for the nature of the current United States (US) administration led by Donald Trump is, in so many ways, the opposite of all that Lewis stood for. But he would also have died a hopeful man — for the protests that have engulfed the US after George Floyd’s brutal killing by the police have brought back to centre-stage the issues of racial equality, non-discrimination, dignity, legal reforms, and political rights that Lewis fought for. Indeed, it was because men like him fought that today’s protests have even become possible,” read the full editorial here.

Welcome candour

“Rajnath brings clarity on reality, challenge at hand,” reads the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a significant admission on Friday while addressing the troops in Ladakh that there is no guarantee that the ongoing talks between India and China would help resolve the border dispute. This is the first time a senior Indian leader, that too the country’s Defence Minister, has revealed the stark, dangerous reality on the ground. All this while, there was no official confirmation on the direction and destination of the India-China talks, with attempts being made by some quarters to first obfuscate, hide and dilute the seriousness of the Chinese incursion in Ladakh, and later to claim effective disengagement of troops for the creation of a buffer zone. Now, the Defence Minister’s statement gives credence to apprehensions of a larger Chinese design to prolong the standoff,” read the full editorial here.

 

Decongesting prisons

“Pandemic demands considerate approach,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, ” In an attempt to contain the Covid-19 outbreak by decongesting prisons, it was in March-end that the Supreme Court directed states and UTs to set up committees which would consider releasing on parole convicts jailed for up to seven years. A similar benefit was suggested for those awaiting trial for offences entailing a maximum sentence of seven years. The ‘bitter truth is that prisons are overcrowded, making it difficult to maintain social distancing’, the court observed. A humane approach that was suggested, however, appeared to be missing when it came to releasing an 80-year-old Maoist ideologue, and an Assamese peasant activist. Both contracted the virus in jail,” read the full editorial here.

 

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