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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 25 July, 2020

Every Monday to Saturday, The Dispatch brings to you a selection of Editorials from leading newspapers across the country.

The big fight

“Even as India-China tensions on LAC continue, Delhi must also calibrate response to new edge of US-China dynamic,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “Beijing has retaliated swiftly against Washington’s decision earlier this week to close down the Chinese consulate in Houston by ordering the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu in southwestern China. Beijing called it a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States”. China had also rejected the Trump Administration’s charge that its Houston consulate was engaged in espionage and theft of industrial secrets. This is the first time since the US and China normalised relations in 1979 that the two sides are downgrading diplomatic ties. The closure of consulates in Houston and Chengdu marks a significant escalation of tensions between the world’s two most important powers and is bound to affect all major actors in the international system, including India,” read the full editorial here.       

Locked in

“Women’s needs, like those of all vulnerable groups, must be placed at heart of emergency response to Covid crisis,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “A study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, brings confirmation that the coronavirus lockdowns are making Indian women more vulnerable to violence at home — a fear that activists and academics have voiced from the start. Mapping the complaints of domestic violence received by the National Commission for Women (NCW) in April-May against designated red, green and orange zones, the study found that complaints of domestic violence rose 131 per cent in red zones, where there were stricter curbs on mobility, relative to green zones. The study also found that cases of harassment, sexual assault, and rape decreased during the period, perhaps correlating to less exposure to “public spaces, public transport, and workplaces”. It also highlighted a spike in Google searches for “domestic violence helplines”,” read the full editorial here.

Dreams laid low

“If not for the pandemic, this would have been the first weekend of the Tokyo Games,’ read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “Japan’s obsession with punctuality had meant they didn’t leave anything for the last minute while planning for the 2020 Tokyo Games. In 1964, the last time they hosted the Games, it was about rebuilding the country’s pride that had taken a beating after World War II. This time they had plans to remind the world that a series of natural disasters, a long economic slump and China’s overwhelming presence next door hadn’t laid them low. But the COVID-19 outbreak changed it all. Among the coronavirus’s less-talked about impact has been its role in dashing the aspirations of a proud nation, thousands of dreamy-eyed Olympians and millions of yearning sporting fans,” read the full editorial here.

Defection is not dissent

“Supreme Court comment complicates issue,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It furthe reads, ” The Rajasthan political crisis has once again exposed the worst malaise afflicting Indian democracy: defections. Close on the heels of the unsavoury developments in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the political drama in Rajasthan evokes a sense of deja vu. At the root of the problem is the unethical behaviour of legislators, who unabashedly join hands with rivals for questionable reasons. To deal with the problem, Parliament added the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution through the 52nd Amendment in 1985. Popularly known as the anti-defection law, it envisages two circumstances when a lawmaker can be disqualified — if he/she voluntarily gives up membership of a party and when he/she votes or abstains from voting against the party directive,” read the full editorial here.


Haryana’s quota for women

“End of ‘Sarpanch Pati Raj’ is also needed,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “When it comes to empowering women, Haryana has often been in the news for the wrong reasons. The state has had success stories — seen in the achievements of its outstanding sportspersons — but the frequent incidents of crime against women have always cast doubts about the underlying social prejudices that have served to prevent their effective empowerment. The announcement by the Haryana Government, therefore, that quota for women in the Panchayati Raj institutions will be increased to 50 per cent from the present 33 per cent would only be met with scepticism,” read the full editorial here.


Beauty of balderdash: #Nonsense_Modi

“There is reason to believe that Narendra Modi’s mounting failures on a number of fronts of governance earned the prime minister such opprobrium,” read the editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “In the topsy-turvy world that is Alice’s Wonderland, the Mad Hatter — a resident of this seemingly absurd kingdom — foxes the young heroine by asking her, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” The cheeky Hatter — he is far from mad — then goes on to confess that even he does not have an answer to his own query. For its defiance of the contours of logic, the Hatter’s query is remembered and, indeed, cited as an enduring example of nonsense,” read the full editorial here.


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