Meek retraction

While Defence Minister A.K. Antony was forced by the opposition to retract his statement

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Published:August 15, 2013 2:57 am

Meek retraction

While Defence Minister A.K. Antony was forced by the opposition to retract his statement on the ambush of Indian soldiers along the LoC and blame Pakistan,the Sangh Parivar believes the government’s timidity about naming the neighbouring country was an outcome of the legacy of non-violence perpetuated by Jawaharlal Nehru. “The countrymen want a befitting reply to Pakistan without any delay. But,the UPA government’s response in Parliament has been too meek,” says an article in the special edition of Panchjanya,recounting Antony’s retraction of his earlier statement.

“This meek mentality is the contribution of Nehru… to consolidate his power,India’s first prime minister… tried his best to sideline the contribution of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his INA in the freedom struggle… Nehru had a contemptuous attitude towards the Indian armed forces… The current government went after former army chief (V.K. Singh)… it is this non-violence tradition that is behind the casual approach towards national security,” the article in special edition claims. The article accuses the Congress of enmity towards the defence forces of the country.

UNCLE JUDGE

Panchjanya’s special Independence Day edition highlights 15 burning issues. One such is the judiciary and judicial appointments in particular. “The system… has completely wiped out government’s control in the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court and the high courts. The biggest gain… has been that the judiciary has been out of the shadow of the executive. The recent judicial activism has been made possible by it,” says an article,highlighting the merit of the collegium system of appointing judges to the higher judiciary and contrasting it with the earlier system and its misuse by Indira Gandhi’s executive during the Emergency.

However,the article seeks to draw attention towards the “new challenges” in the collegium system,resulting in an “uncle judge” syndrome,whereby relatives of judges are more likely to be appointed to the higher judiciary than otherwise: “It appears we have been thrown from a well into a ditch now. We had achieved freedom from government’s influence in appointments,but judges appear to have leveraged it as a self-serving mechanism… It is now clear that neither system has been satisfactory… we need a third mechanism that can ensure the independence of the judiciary and also enforce the accountability of the judicial system,” says the article,finding merit in the three-tier mechanism comprising of a national judicial oversight committee,complaint scrutiny panel,and investigation committee to look into complaints against the judiciary to enforce accountability.

UTTARAKHAND WARRIORS

The Organiser’s special Independence Day edition provides special coverage of the Uttarakhand tragedy and highlights incidents leading to the disaster and the subsequent rescue efforts. It emphasises stories of “unsung heroes” who contributed to the relief operations. The coverage focuses on the contributions of the RSS and its affiliates along with the security forces,while criticising the Congress’s handling of the aftermath of the disaster: “When the entire nation was busy in sending relief material to Uttarakhand,Congress yuvaraj Rahul Gandhi was celebrating his birthday abroad. He left for abroad on June 17,after the news of the calamity spread everywhere…”

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