From the Urdu Presshttps://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/from-the-urdu-press-3/

From the Urdu Press

The surveillance of a Gujarati woman architect by the state’s then home minister,Amit Shah,on the orders of the chief minister emerged as a big issue.

Snooping to protect

The surveillance of a Gujarati woman architect by the state’s then home minister,Amit Shah,on the orders of the chief minister emerged as a big issue. Inquilab,in a front page comment on November 20,writes: “Suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma’s plea to the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI into the murky affair has stumped the BJP but enthused the Congress. That is why the party has announced a countrywide campaign against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah… If the Supreme Court orders a probe,new secrets could be revealed,creating major problems for Modi and Shah.”

Sahafat writes on its front page the same day: “Pradeep Sharma had,in a plea to the Supreme Court in 2011,alleged that because of his knowledge… the state government was taking revenge,and that the corruption case against him was false. He had pleaded for a CBI inquiry even then.” The paper has taken note of Sharma’s revelation that “the letter of the woman’s father that the BJP had circulated by way of a clarification is not new. It had been obtained in 2011 itself.” Hamara Samaj,Jadeed Khabar and others highlighted the statement of Congresswomen pleading for an impartial inquiry into the issue.

Many Ratnas

The award of the highest civilian honour in the country,the Bharat Ratna,to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been the cause for celebration. But the demand for conferring this title on different eminent Indians,living and dead,has dimmed the expression of joy. Rashtriya Sahara,in its editorial on November 18,writes: “There may hardly be any Indian who would oppose the award of Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar. But this award to Sachin has given rise to a hot wave of politics. The BJP has alleged that the Congress is demonstrating partisanship in conferring the award,targeting it for not awarding former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. There is a lot of noise about depriving other great sportsmen like Dhyan Chand and Prakash Padukone. It is certainly regrettable to raise these questions on the day of the announcement of the award to Sachin.”

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Hamara Samaj writes on November 18: “A trend gaining rapid ground is that every decision is made keeping in view the sentiments of the people. The decision to award the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar too is a step towards encashing the sentiments of the people.” Lanka miss

Commenting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to not participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Governments’ Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri Lanka,Inquilab,in its editorial on November 16,writes: “As there is political turmoil in India and parliamentary elections are not far off,the Union government bowed before the compulsions of realpolitik,ignoring the priorities of foreign policy… We do not say that the prime minister should have gone to Colombo,ignoring the sentiments of the regional parties in Tamil Nadu. But the strategy should have been to persuade these regional parties and participate in the conference…”

Eminent writer Hasan Kamal,in his column in Rashtriya Sahara,writes on November 16: “Over the last five years,after the terrible end of Prabhakaran and his LTTE,there had been considerable improvement in economic relations between India and Sri Lanka and,for the first time,India had gone ahead of China with regard to trade relations. But the PM’s absence will definitely boost Chinese presence in Sri Lanka. The non-participation of the Indian PM in CHOGM has undoubtedly given Pakistan a cause for celebration.” Siasat has noted on November 8 that the absence “would have a negative effect on the interests of Tamils in Sri Lanka.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti