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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 4 June 2020

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Taking a knee

“In times of social distancing, sportspersons are making a statement — up close and political,” reads The editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, ” Fours years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice in the Donald Trump regime, his “taking a knee” gesture has remerged as a powerful symbol of protest. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an African-American, who lost his life when a white police officer knelt on his neck, thousands in the US and the rest of the world have knelt down in protest during demonstrations. The symbol has rippled into the world of sport too. Last week, Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho removed his yellow jersey to reveal “Justice for George Floyd” written on his undershirt after scoring a goal. Three other players “took a knee”, and all of them are under investigation for making political statements on the field.,” read the full editorial here.

A backward turn

“Quest for ‘self-reliance’ must not lead to failed policy of import substitution. It did not work in the past, won’t work even now,” read the editorial of The Indian Express . It further reads,” Ever since the prime minister’s speech exhorting the country to march towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat, there has been an unease: That lurking behind the rhetoric of “self-reliance” was an attempt to reorient the economic structure towards ensuring “self-sufficiency” by falling back on the decades-old failed policy of import substitution. Subsequent calls by the government to citizens to buy Indian, and the setting up of “targets” towards building self-reliance in certain sectors so that “unnecessary” imports can be reduced, indicate that the shift towards protectionism, that began over the past few years with the NDA government raising tariffs — threatening to undo decades of trade liberalisation — may be underway,” read the full editorial here.

Test, test, test, and test

“Anyone who wishes to get tested should be able to do so,” suggest the editorial of The Hindustan Times. It further suggested, “India’s dashboard showed 216,677 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 6,005 deaths on Wednesday night. The corresponding numbers for Delhi were 23,645 and 606. The number of cases continues to rise — in India and in Delhi. The country added 9,565 cases on Wednesday; the Capital added 1,513. The pandemic is yet to peak here. This should be a time when testing should be fast, wide, and indiscriminate,” read the full editorial here.

Death of an Elephant

“A moving social media post by forest department section officer Mohana Krishnana, who was part of the rapid response team that attempted to rescue an injured elephant who died standing in Kerala’s Velliyar river last week,” reads the editorial of Times of India. It further reads, ” underlines how brutally her trust in humans had been betrayed and how she did not try to hurt them in retaliation even when an excruciating pain tore through her, and instead willed herself and her unborn child into a watery grave,” read the full editorial here.

Empire burlesque: Modi’s Micawberish comments


“Even after Moody’s downgrading, he blithely insists that getting back to growth is not too difficult,” reads the editorial of The Telegarph. It further reads, ” The burlesque is designed to cause mirth through a well-intentioned attempt to appear ridiculous when confronting something serious. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, seems to have revivified the spirit of this dying art form with his absurd theatrics while trying to smooth-talk his way out of a gargantuan economic mess and a humanitarian tragedy wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Modi’s Micawberish comments on growth have started to grate at a time when economic data point to a train wreck that is waiting to happen. For close to two weeks, the country has been forced to sit through a sickening charade with no one in the government ready to admit that the economy is going through a wringer and that people’s lives and livelihoods might never return to a pre-Covid-19 normal,” read the full editorial here.




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