The killing of the US ambassador and three staffers in Libya and the violent protests in Cairo got extensive play on page one of almost all newspapers,taking at least one half of the front page in papers like Rashtriya Sahara,Sahafat,Munsif and Siasat.
Commenting on the Gujarat special courts judgment on the Naroda Patiya killings of 2002,the daily Inquilab,in its editorial on September 8 writes: So far,in response to the discussions about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modis machinations,Modi and his party members tried to dismiss the matter by saying that whatever happened had nothing to do with the Modi government. In this context the theory of action and reaction was cited. former state minister Maya Kodnanis conviction is significant from the political perspective. This is the first time that the Modi governments direct and incontrovertible involvement in the Gujarat riots has not only been proved,but firmly established.
Rashtriya Sahara in its editorial on September 1 writes: The Naroda Patiya judgment is a step towards forcing Narendra Modi to accept the responsibility of the genocide of Muslims in 2002. The special investigation teams (SIT) report stated that there was no clear indication of Modis direct involvement,despite affidavits and statements of some police officers. The Supreme Court relieved him of responsibility on this basis. But now it seems this may be temporary. The convictions of Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi have created considerable doubts. This judgment has almost ended the possibility of his becoming PM. Editor of Delhi-based daily Jadeed Khabar,Masoom Moradabadi,writes that Modi made arrangements to suppress the reality of Naroda Patiya but the Supreme Court did well to hand over the responsibility of investigation to the SIT,which exposed the criminals.
Taking a cautious approach to progress in Indo-Pak relations,the daily Hamara Samaj writes in its editorial (September 10): For the time being the result of the meeting between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistans Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar seem positive. The new agreement for liberalised visa facilities between the two countries indicates that Krishnas visit to Pakistan was successful. Although we have been desirous of friendship with Pakistan,somehow or other Pakistans posturing causes relations to sour. However,after this visit,we pray that the new beginning between India and Pakistan is strengthened in the days to come.
Inquilab views Krishnas visit in a positive light. Its editor,Shakeel Shamsi,writes: Following the visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to Pakistan,there is a wave of delight among people on both sides of the border. The agreements signed by the two countries can be described as a beautiful phase in their history,so far full of strife.
Shamsi says that those who migrated from India are aware of what India is really like,but those whose forefathers lived in Sindh,Balochistan,the frontier or Punjab have little knowledge about India. They only know the India of the movies. With the new visa facilities,the people of the two countries have the opportunity to get to know each other,he says.
INDIA AT NAM SUMMIT
Commenting on the deliberations of the Non-Aligned Movement summit at Tehran,the daily Siasat writes: The US tried to make the NAM summit unsuccessful,but the leaders of 120 countries and representatives,including the PM,saved Iran from western conspiracies. On Syria,important speakers from NAM countries criticised external forces. India,in particular,argued for zero tolerance of outside interference in Syria and for an effective role for important organisations,including the UN,there.
On Indias diplomatic efforts,the paper writes: Manmohan Singh,by meeting
Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,indicated that India has great interest in promoting trade relations with Iran. Hosting the NAM conference has enhanced the importance of Iran. India too has the opportunity to strengthen its relations with other NAM countries.
Compiled by Seema Chishti