Syed Faisal Ali, in his frontpage signed column in Rashtriya Sahara, writes on November 9: “The victory of the grand alliance in the Bihar assembly elections… is a victory of the proponents of love against hatred. It is a great victory… for which Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are to be especially congratulated. They not only matched up to the elements fostering a climate of intolerance and hatred, but also proved that Bihar is the land of proponents of love… This historic victory punctured the balloon of Narendra Modi’s popularity that had created a myth… In Bihar, Lalu has stopped the Ashvamedh horse of Modi’s victory, just like he stopped L.K. Advani’s rath in 1990.”
The daily Inquilab, in its editorial on the same day, writes: “The victory is not only of Nitish, Lalu and Rahul Gandhi. It is a victory of communal harmony and cultural unity against communalism; of secularism against Hindutva; of democracy against authoritarian tactics; of the sincere resolve for development against propaganda and publicity… We have full confidence that the movement of secularism that has started in Bihar will spread all over the country.”
Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial on November 9, writes: “When the grand alliance seemed destined to collapse, Lalu decided to confront Modi. He slowly but surely led Modi into his trap. He succeeded in creating an issue around whatever Modi spoke about. Lalu’s strategy worked. A confused and worried Modi started crossing the line in his quest for victory… speaking the language that Lalu wanted him to, resulting in a cacophony of divisive, communal and casteist issues coming to the fore… If Modi does not take the path of development and rein in the wayward leaders of his party and government, he will face Bihar-like situations in all states”.
SRK, The Messenger
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s statement that the growing intolerance in the country is harmful for it and the counter-queries posed to him by some hotheads were discussed widely. An editorial in Sahafat (November 7) says: “An RSS leader, Prabhu Narain, has said that ‘Shah Rukh’s films are seen by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians and he influences the young of all communities. Therefore, there is no intolerance here.’ As far as society in general is concerned, there is no intolerance. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians mingle with each other, they help each other when needed. This is what irks the Sangh Parivar. It does not see eye to eye with this spirit of harmony. Narain said that Shah Rukh should think 100 times before making such statements, but did not say, in the context of the poisonous statements of Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Prachi, that they should think even once, if not 100 times, before making such statements.”
The daily Jadeed Khabar (editorial, November 6), writes: “The statements of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and MP Yogi Adityanath show the polluted mindset of members of the Sangh Parivar… Shah Rukh is a greater Indian patriot than members of the Sangh Parivar. He belongs to a family of freedom fighters. His ancestor, General Shahnawaz Khan, was a commander in Subhas Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj, which crushed the British.”
Inquilab, in a commentary on the results of the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh, writes: “The candidate supported by the
BJP had to face defeat in the village Jayapur, which has been adopted by Modi. Even though the ruling SP emerged as the biggest party, relatives of most ministers in the Akhilesh Yadav government have lost, whereas all six members of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family have won. Congress-supported candidates had to face defeat in its citadels of Amethi and Rae Bareli. In many districts, candidates supported by the BSP have recorded glorious victories… Though results of panchayat elections do not have a direct effect on assembly or parliamentary elections, they can certainly be seen as an indicator of the changing political trends among the people of the state.”
Compiled by Seema Chishti
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