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From the Urdu Press: Chosen One

Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on January 18, suggested that Gandhi remains “the name” in the party.

Published: January 20, 2014 2:10:30 am

Chosen One

Rahul Gandhi’s feisty speech at the AICC has attracted considerable comment. Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial on January 18, suggested that Gandhi remains “the name” in the party, even if he is not openly anointed as the prime ministerial candidate. The paper says: “the BJP’s aggressive propaganda machinery and the unexpected emergence of the AAP have made Rahul Gandhi’s political journey rather arduous… now he needs to create enthusiasm amongst the youth of his party… it is not just a personal trial but a trial of the Congress party.”

Multi-edition Inquilab on the same day says that he “seems to have shed his earlier hesitant persona and taken to fiery speeches and statements.” According to an editorial in Hamara Samaj (January 19), Gandhi’s speech has conveyed his “ambition to give Congress a new direction. His speech can be described as creating a sense of revolution.”


In an editorial on January 13, Inquilab writes: “Even the strongest critics of the Centre would concede that the Manmohan Singh government has been considerably adept in noting the despicable treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade by the US.

We did not take a tough stand before an Asian, African or Gulf country, but against the US, with which good relations have been a high foreign policy priority in recent years. But we would never have seen such a strict attitude if the UPA government wasn’t faced with several domestic difficulties (on the eve of general elections).” Rashtriya Sahara, in its editorial (January 11), writes:

“The US should not only apologise, but it should also withdraw the case against her immediately… After this episode one can see the same chill in Indo-US relations as in the Cold War.”

In an editorial on January 12, newly launched daily Roznama Khabrein says: “At least a message has gone to the people of the country that India has toned down its earlier stance of endorsing the US perspective in most matters… The US has never been a natural friend of India and it can never be one, because the US is an imperialist nation whereas India has been a victim of imperialism.”

Bangladesh blues

The daily Siasat on January 7 (editorial) writes: “The election in Bangladesh cannot be considered satisfactory. Whereas the opposition parties kept away from the process, the voters of the country also did not cooperate. Even though the opposition doesn’t want to cooperate with the government or participate, the government should act magnanimously… It should avoid the path of political revenge.”

The editor of Inquilab, Shakeel Shamsi, said in a signed column on January 8 that “to convince people of her secularism, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is severely oppressing members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and the special courts established by her are awarding death sentences to its leaders on the basis of 42-year-old cases. There is a continuous increase in clashes between Islamists and secular-minded people… The situation might worsen and it is possible that once again, the army will step in.” Sahafat in its editorial (January 13) criticised leader of opposition Arun Jaitley’s comment that “if there is any unrest in the neighbourhood, it adversely affects India as well,” saying that “the one who has harassed Muslims the most in India has been declared a PM candidate.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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