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Congratulations to the common people of this country who,instead of being hostage to some political parties...

Written by Seema Chishti |
May 22, 2009 1:46:37 am

Rashtriya Sahara,in an editorial entitled,‘Message of Election Results’ (May 18) writes: “Congratulations to the common people of this country who,instead of being hostage to some political parties,and using their mature political consciousness,have defeated communalism and terrorism through their votes,have given a clear message to all political parties and indeed the entire world that they are against the parties who mislead people using emotional issues.” About the defeat of the BJP the paper adds: “Persons like Varun Gandhi and Narendra Modi were the cause of the party’s defeat… To what extent poisonous speeches influenced the people has been demonstrated by the election results…The people have proved that giving the reins of power to parties taking the path of communalism is not acceptable to them.”

Describing the outcome of the elections as a sign of “true democracy” Delhi-based Hindustan Express,in a front page commentary entitled,‘Firqa paraston ka munh kaala’ (face of communalists blackened) (May 17) says: “The most important thing is that the people’s verdict,in the elections for the fifteenth Lok Sabha,has not only rejected the political parties resorting to opportunism but has also made these parties aware of what true democracy means”. It has also raised the question,“how strong is Advani?” with a pensive,brooding Advani in the accompanying photograph.

A columnist in Rashtriya Sahara in his column on May 20,entitled,‘Exit poll ka janaaza bari dhoom se nikla’ (funeral of exit polls taken out with great fanfare) analyses the wide gaps between the forecasts of psephologists and the actual results in all cases. According to the columnist,“Come June 16 and the hollowness of the exit polls of all TV channels was revealed (exit poll ki poll khul gayee) and all of them fell flat like in the share market. The forecasts proved so off the mark that people have lost faith in exit polls.”

Hyderabad-based Siasat (May 20) has taken a critical view of parties now extending “unconditional support” to the UPA: It writes: “These parties had secured votes on the basis of their manifestos and plans. Now,tempted by prospects of acquiring positions of power and desirous of occupying government benches instead of opposition benches,they would become uninvited guests of the Congress durbar like sycophants in the court. This act of theirs would be violative of the decision and dignity of the verdict of their voters.”

Lanka after Prabhakaran

Describing the death of the LTTE supremo,Velupillai Prabhakaran as the “end of the violent Tamil struggle” in Sri Lanka,Rashtriya Sahara,in an editorial on May 19 has traced the history of LTTE’s campaign of killings and terrorist attacks. But the paper points out: “It is also true that the movement demanding an autonomous Tamil state came into existence because of the discrimination by the Sinhala population of Sri Lanka against the Tamil minority and the tyranny perpetrated on the Tamils. And,by 1983,when the peaceful campaign could not fetch any results,Prabhakaran started an armed struggle for a separate Tamil state.” Talking about life after Prabhakaran,the paper writes; “The end of Prabhakaran and of the violent Tamil struggle cannot be taken as the end of the Tamil problem. It is now the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to make sincere efforts to win the hearts of the Tamils of the country,after having won against LTTE’s terrorism.”

Muslims and civil services

The success of 31 Muslim candidates in the civil services competitions for the year 2008 has been welcomed by some. According to an analysis in Rashtriya Sahara (May 11),the number of successful Muslim candidates had never crossed 30 before now. The figure of 31 is 3.9 per cent of the total number of candidates selected for the civil services this year. Some have suggested that since the percentage of Muslims in the country is 13.5,the figure of 3.9 for selected Muslim candidates is much lower than desired. But the newspaper’s analysis points out that even though Muslims are 13.5 per cent of the population,the percentage of Muslim graduates and post-graduates in the country is not more than 3 and,therefore,the selection percentage of 3.9 for Muslim candidates should be considered satisfactory and encouraging.

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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