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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 25 May 2020

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Unquiet front

“Waning trust erodes India, China capacities to manage Ladakh face-off. Beijing must back off, sensible diplomacy is needed,” reads the Editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “As tensions between the Indian and Chinese armed forces mount in eastern Ladakh, Delhi and Beijing seem to be hurtling towards a fourth military crisis on their long and contested northern border. The resolution of the last three crises — at Depsang plain in northern Ladakh during 2013, Chumar In eastern Ladakh in 2014, and Doklam on the east at Bhutan’s border with China in 2017—required ever-higher political intervention. Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to India in 2013 and President Xi Jinping’s trip to India in 2014 helped lower the military temperature at Depsang and Chumar respectively. A series of high-level meetings between Modi and Xi at various multilateral settings in 2017 provided the necessary political push to disentangle the conflict that lasted 73 days at Doklam.” read the full editorial here

Quiet call: Loudspeakers aren’t intrinsic part of religion

“The Allahabad High Court’s understanding of the issue should be applied not just to one religion but to all, reads the editorial of telegraph. It further reads, “Religion does not require loudspeakers. This was perhaps the most important lesson embedded in the Allahabad High Court’s ruling on azaan in response to a number of public interest litigations filed against the order of the Ghazipur district administration in Uttar Pradesh. The administration had banned azaans on the pretext that any call to worship on loudspeakers would violate lockdown rules. Since the baby had been neatly thrown out with the bathwater, the PILs reportedly asked for permission to conduct the call to prayer. According to the court’s ruling, there would be no violation of lockdown guidelines if a single person recited azaan from minarets without using sound-amplifying devices. Loudspeakers are not an intrinsic part of religion although azaan is,” read the full editorial here

In the darkness of the pandemic the kindnesses of Eid shine brighter than ever

“Amidst everything that Covid-19 has transformed dramatically, today Eid-ul-Fitr is top of the mind,” reads the editorial of Times of India. It further reads, ” As it brings the Muslim holy month of Ramzan to a close every year, it is usually celebrated with large public festivities. Images pour-over from all across India of people dressed in new clothes, congregating at mosques, embracing each other, and feasting together. But this year the Eid bazaars have remained without crowds, the mosques are empty and the community namaz has made way for prayers at home. From Kolkata to Hyderabad, the imams have called upon the faithful to maintain social distancing,” read the full editorial here


Demonising workers

“Stop discrimination in housing societies,” reads the Editorial of The Tribune. It further reads. It further reads, “Housing societies and colonies form resident welfare associations (RWAs) to administer common requirements and facilitate collective wellbeing. The lockdown has allowed them to play an oversized role. Naturally, some have excelled in forging consensus and providing for those who need assistance, while others saw the moment in terms of ‘power’, and operated as such. In general, residents and local administrations found it a convenient arrangement,” read full article here



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