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From The Urdu Press: Modi’s victory

The defeat of the Congress is a punishment for the authoritarianism that made it consider all its decisions correct and all its policies legitimate.

In its May 17 editorial, Inquilab writes: “The results of the elections for Lok Sabha are as sad as they are astonishing (“afsosnak aur hairat angez”). Sad because almost all secular parties have fallen like a house of cards and astonishing because the BJP has got the strength to form the government on its own, getting support in even those states where it hardly had any following. But if the successful efforts made by Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and Naveen Patnaik in Odisha… had been made by those parties who were part of a probable third front, it would have been cause of some contentment. The defeat of the Congress is a punishment for the authoritarianism that made it consider all its decisions correct and all its policies legitimate. And it did not care about the sentiments of the people and ignored the problems of the section of the population who have been supporting it at all times.”

Rashtriya Sahara, in its May 17 editorial, writes: “As the decision in the election is the result of the collective consciousness of the people, it should be welcomed and not criticised. This is in keeping with the democratic principle. Any comment about what would be the nature of the new government, what would be its policies and what trends it would demonstrate, would be premature and inappropriate at this point of time. The new government should be given ample opportunity for indicating its priorities.” However, in a commentary on May 18, the paper ascribes the defeat of “secular parties” to “an organised division of Muslim votes.”

In his signed column on May 18, the editor of Jadeed Khabar argues that the victory is of the RSS, not Modi: “Ultimately, after a long struggle, the RSS has captured control over the country’s power structure. All modern media of communication were used at a cost of thousands of crores for the branding of Modi. Modi’s success is, in fact, a result of mischievous planning and an organised campaign.”

AFTER EFFECTS

Delhi-based Roznama Khabrein, in its May 19 editorial, says: “The BJP, celebrating its victory in the Lok Sabha elections… is now being seen to be working on another important strategy. This relates to a dangerous agenda of weakening some state governments and putting its own people in power. Within 24 hours of Modi’s victory, the influences now working on regional politics would prove dangerous for the democratic set-up. Efforts are being made to disturb the governments of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Assam.”

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Rashtriya Sahara, in its May 19 editorial, says: “Following Modi’s historic victory, it was being felt that the days of the JD(U) government in Bihar were numbered. After the resignation of Nitish Kumar, keeping in view the situation there, there is no hope for a strong government…”

NIGERIA’S AGONY

Siasat, published from Hyderabad and Bangalore, in a May 12 editorial, says: “With the abduction of over 200 girls [and] the threat of selling them by Nigeria’s Muslim organisation, Boko Haram, the governments of the US, Britain, France and China have come forward to help the Nigerian government getting the abducted girls released. During the last six decades, atrocities on the people and children of Palestine, their abductions and killings have come to light. These countries did not show any urgency to help these Palestinians. Why this discrimination and bias? Atrocity is atrocity whosoever be its victim. Abduction is abduction for anybody. Such cruelties should be condemned. But, obviously, the release of the abducted girls can be achieved by resolving issues [through] negotiations and not by politics or recourse to killing and bloodletting.”

Ironically, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Daawat, says on May 16 on its front page: “We do not know what is Boko Haram. Reports about them clearly show that such a group does not exist. And if it exists, it has been sponsored by the enemies of Islam. It is being used by the agents of CIA and Mossad… for defaming Islam. Even in the Indian media, comments and editorials, in sync with the Western media, are appearing.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti