Roznama Khabrain, in its editorial on December 26, writes, “the announcement of the Bharat Ratna award to former prime minister A.B. Vajpayee and the late Madan Mohan Malviya would have hardly surprised anyone.
Ever since the BJP has come to power on its own, there has been talk of giving this award to these two personalities. Even when it was out of power, there was a demand for the award for them.
Whether it was given to Vajpayee or not, it would not have had any considerable impact on his image. His image has been of a democratic leader who always respected dissent and tried to take everyone with him.
Similarly, Malviya is remembered as an educationist and a thinker who devoted his life to the establishment of an excellent educational institution and the maintenance of its standards. If a real tribute is to be paid to him, there should be emphasis on improving the condition of educational institutions and, more importantly, providing educational facilities to all sections of society.”
Hamara Samaj, in an editorial on the same day, says, “even though there are allegations about Vajpayee’s offer to be an approver in support of the British in his later life, his sterling service to the country, rising above political compromises, in fact lends prestige to the award conferred on him. The award to Malviya, given his contribution to education is quite appropriate, notwithstanding his leading role in the establishment of the Hindu Mahasabha… that initiated a politics based on hatred.”
Masoom Moradabadi, editor of Jadeed Khabar, writes in his December 28 column, that Narendra Modi, while deciding to confer the award, must have recalled how Vajpayee as PM had exhorted then chief minister Modi to follow rajdharma in the context of the Gujarat killings of 2002.
Describing BJP president Amit Shah’s discharge as a “New Year gift”, Inquilab, on January 1, regrets that the CBI did not provide any evidence other than the telephone calls. It says, “there would not have been any objection to his acquittal had the agency brought out the full findings of its investigations.”
Aziz-ul-Hind, edited by Aziz Burney, writes on December 31 “…there is no indication so far if… the CBI would appeal against this verdict in the higher courts or not… but it is likely that there would be an appeal, because otherwise, this drama would have a tame end.”
Roznama Khabrain, in its editorial on the same day, asks, “Earlier, the assessment of the CBI about the alleged role of Amit Shah was strong, but now he has been exonerated of all charges. How has such a great change taken place? .Now the collaboration between the CBI and the government has been made clearer.”
Rahnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on December 24 writes, “PM Modi in his speeches before elections in Jammu and Kashmir had said that he would rid the state of dynastic rule.
But the time has not yet come for the BJP to achieve this feat. On the other hand, it would have to be prepared for either supporting and collaborating with dynastic rule or sitting in the opposition. To be in power, it has to forge an alliance with either of the two ‘dynastic’ parties.”
Sahafat, in its editorial on December 25, writes, “One of the alternatives before the BJP is to join a government of Mufti’s PDP. This could have been acceptable to Mufti, but the biggest problem here would be of Article 370 that accords the state special status… but the people of Kashmir would never forgive Mufti if he includes the BJP in a government headed by him.
Both the National Conference and the Congress are undesirable, but there can be a situation where both these parties support Mufti’s party from the outside. The facts resulting from the election provide for only such a workable solution. But after some time, a a mid-term election may become unavoidable.”
Inquilab, in an editorial on the same day, says that the “PDP may gain politically by going with the BJP, whereas inherent in taking the Congress’s support is the triumph of the preservation of a secular identity and ideology. Mufti Sayeed had given indications of shaking hands with the BJP before the elections, but if he moves towards this alternative, it would be a fraud with regard to the Kashmir Valley…”
Compiled by Seema Chishti