Planning Commission is dead. Its successor must focus on ideas over implementation.
Rajasthan’s decision to ‘target’ free medicines and diagnostics is contrary to the recommended role.
But will a nodal ministry at the Centre solve all issues in a federal structure such as ours?
Both Sangh Parivar weeklies, the Organiser and Panchjanya, welcomed the first moves made by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, especially the SIT on black money. They were critical of the Raghuram Rajan committee report on backwardness of states and the controversial four-year undergraduate programme introduced in Delhi University last year. In its editorial, the Organiser also praised the prime minister’s advisory asking ministers to avoid appointing family members as staffers to root out the “dynastic culture”. An article also alleged that the Raghuram Rajan committee report was aimed at attacking the Gujarat model for which it claims Rajan was rewarded with a post as RBI governor by the Congress.
The Organiser also defended of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, who was targeted for not being qualified enough for the job. A piece by a “nameless Indian” mentioned Indira Gandhi’s interrupted education and Congress stalwart K. Kamaraj who dropped out after the 11th standard and went on to become the CM of Madrasa province. It argued that it was under Harvard- and Oxford-educated leaders, including former PM Manmohan Singh, that the country faced a steady decline. It also refers to Rahul Gandhi’s advisors as those with “fancy degrees earned from foreign universities”.
The Organiser carried an article attacking the fourth estate and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for allegedly spreading “misinformation” on Article 370. It said that the Indian media “completely missed the point” by focusing on Minister of State Jitendra Singh’s comments on Article 370 and not on Abdullah’s “venomous” tweet on the subject. It concluded by asking the media to take “suo moto notice of its responsibility and its accountability because we cannot afford the freedom of expression to be used as a freedom to spread misinformation and that to a constitutional issue treated to the sovereignty of the nation”.
THE SHIVAJI MODEL
Both the Organiser and Panchjanya brought out specials celebrating the Hindu Samrajya Diwas on the good governance model of Shivaji, his financial prudence and his focus on building a strong army and increasing agricultural productivity. In the Organiser, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Madhav Dave concludes with “a good government therefore should always be recognised by its governance style and not by the oratorical skills of its ministers”.
Panchjanya’s cover story on Badaun alleges a complete breakdown in law and order in Uttar Pradesh, rueing the comments made by the ruling Samajwadi Party’s chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, on the rape and murder case. It argues that the SP has failed to change its character of protecting undesirable and criminal elements and of appeasing Muslims, as seen in the Muzaffarnagar riots case. Another article details the history of illegal immigration to Assam from neighbouring Bangladesh, claiming that state is sitting on a tinderbox.