The Urdu Press: Handling Kashmir 

The statesmanship that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown by calling an all-party meeting on Kashmir and taking some important decisions for solving the problems of Kashmir is laudable.

Updated: August 19, 2016 12:03 am

Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on August 14, writes: “The statesmanship that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown by calling an all-party meeting on Kashmir and taking some important decisions for solving the problems of Kashmir is laudable. There was a consensus in the meeting that no intervention by Pakistan on the Kashmir issue will be tolerated because Pakistan is directly involved in spreading the fire of separatism and promoting terrorism in Kashmir. All political parties of the country share this view of the government. But opposition parties have a different opinion on the security forces treating protesters as enemies. Many other organisations active in Kashmir too do not approve of the government’s attitude in this regard. In such a situation, the statement of the central government that the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is also a part of Jammu and Kashmir will give birth to a new discussion and a new controversy. In the tense atmosphere following the killing of Burhan Wani, such statements add fuel to the fire, and terrorist organisations exploit these statements to further inflame the already misled youth. Therefore, such statements should be avoided.”

Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial on August 13, writes: “An important development in the all-party meeting was that the political parties chose staking a claim to PoK as a fitting reply to Pakistan’s intervention in Kashmir. In the diplomatic war on Kashmir, this can prove to be an important and positive weapon. But can it bring about any improvement in the situation in Kashmir? It is true that PoK is a part of India, but at present, the greatest challenge is to restore the damaged system in the state.”

PM on Gau rakshaks

The daily Siasat, in its editorial on August 8, writes: “Now that the prime minister has exposed the reality about the self-styled protectors of the cow, it is necessary to emphasise that the mere issuing of statements by the PM is not enough. His words or show of anger are not enough. Some strict action has to be taken against such gau rakshaks.”

Jadeed Khabar, in its editorial on August 13, writes: “The prime minister has expressed serious anxieties over the activities of gau rakshaks after a long silence because he has sensed a threat to his vote bank. The barbarity perpetrated against the Muslims in the last two years was being tolerated by the PM because Muslims are not part of his vote bank.”

Inquilab, in its editorial on August 10, writes: “The manner in which gau rakshaks have tried to show that they are above the law because of the political support they enjoy is very harmful to the BJP. The party will not be able to disassociate itself from them despite its best endeavours. A small percentage of Dalit voters had moved towards BJP in the 2014 elections. But they must have realised their mistake by now and they would not like to repeat it.”

Consensus on GST

Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on August 5, writes: “In a way, the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in Parliament is the most important tax reform so far. Even though there is a consensus on this bill, there are many things to be clarified. The Centre has to clarify the position on the taxes by state governments; how much will they be and how will they be garnered? The Central government will have to ensure that the enforcement of this tax will not lead to price rise. It is also being apprehended, that with the imposition of this tax, the state governments may have to go to the Centre with a begging bowl. If the tax rate is kept at 23 per cent-24 per cent the very idea of having this tax will be defeated. With the increase in this tax, there will be a huge rise in prices and cases of tax evasion will increase significantly.”

The daily Sahafat, in its editorial on the same day, writes: “Small traders are seeing a great danger in the new tax system. Such apprehensions are justified in the market economy even though the reality is being described as something else. It seemed that the Congress would create hurdles in the passage of this bill because of its anger over the actions of some governors with regard to toppling state governments. But, ultimately good sense prevailed and the party decided to support the GST bill.”

Hindustan Express, in its editorial on August 5, writes: “Since the tax will be based on the quantum of distribution instead of on production, in the coming days states with larger populations, like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would get more tax revenue than states like Maharashtra or Gujarat.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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