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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 5 June 2020

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Cry of the wild

“Outcry over death of an elephant in Kerala is reassuring. It must be followed by a deeper soul-searching,” reads the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “The gruesome death of a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant in Kerala has triggered shock, sadness and anger among people. The elephant had a part of its face blown up some days ago after reportedly biting into a pineapple stuffed with explosives when it wandered into a farm on the edge of a forest in Palakkad district. Attempts at rescue by forest officials failed and the animal died in great pain in late May. The outrage over the elephant’s death in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which is wrecking lives and livelihoods, is, in part, because the incident has been reported from Kerala, which has projected itself as a model state, setting benchmarks of responsible and sensitive caregiving in the time of the pandemic. While it is not uncommon for farmers across India to target wild animals that poach crops by letting them feed on fruit laden with poison or filled in with fire-crackers, the barbaric practice is punishable under wildlife laws,” read the full editorial here.


Focus on air, water and waste management

“While the climate crisis is the overarching challenge, delineate immediate priorities,” reads the editorial of Hindustan Times. It further reads, “With insensitive planning that creates a false binary and prioritises development over environment, weak implementation of the green laws, inefficient and corrupt regulators, and irresponsible civic behaviour, the list of India’s environmental challenges is long. At the top of it, of course, is the climate crisis, which cuts across all sectors and has an impact on everyday life. Battling the climate crisis has to be the overarching framework. All laws and rules should be based on that priority and objective. But the World Environment Day also offers an opportunity to look at three, other, more immediate, crises — air pollution; water crisis; and waste management,” read the full editorial here.


A legal question

“An unacceptable violation of rights,” reads the editorial of The Telegraph. It further reads, “The issue has nothing to do with one being Left, Right or Centre. In fact, looking at it in these terms is itself a distraction; it is a simple matter of legality. Whenever the State takes away anyone’s property, then, by the laws of our land, that person is entitled to compensation. Likewise, whenever State action deprives anyone of an income that he or she was otherwise earning, then, by the same logic, that person should be legally entitled to compensation from the State.

When Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 24 because of the coronavirus crisis, that action took away by the stroke of a pen the incomes of innumerable workers, including an estimated 14 crore migrant workers, of whom about 10 crore were inter-state migrants. But there was no compensation announced, and till today no compensation has been either paid or is in the offing,” read the full editorial here


Middle power game

“Elevation of India-Australia ties welcome for rules based Indo-Pacific,” reads the editorial of Times of Indian. It further reads, “The first-ever virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison yesterday not only happened at a critical moment in the Covid induced international political churn, but also elevated New Delhi-Canberra ties to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership. The two countries have been lukewarm towards each other for far too long. Indian foreign policy has shuttled between obsessing over the neighbourhood to pursuing ambitions of reserving a seat next to the big powers. As a result, it has somewhat ignored middle powers like Australia which actually hold the key to changing geopolitical equations,” read the full editorial here.



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