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4th January, 2017: (Hindi) Editorial Analysis of The Hindu and other Newspapers
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Today's lesson covers the Editorials from The Hindu, Indian Express and Livemint. The topics discussed are- SC's decision on elections and use of religion, AFSPA in Manipur, Tibet Issue and rate cut by banks

Deepanshu Singh is teaching live on Unacademy Plus

Deepanshu Singh
Faculty- Indian Polity and Current Affairs| UPSC CSE Reserve list 2015| Consultant-G.O.I. Loves Geography Teaching since 2015

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brother front page news,national news,international news ko bhi cover karo .
jo word samajh me nahi aate unkko to aap english me bolte ho kya kre
Dear Deepansu,why is there no international news as earlier it was....
  1. (HINDI) EDITORIAL ANALYSIS OF NEWSPAPERS IN LESS THAN 10 MINUT Presented B 4th January, 2017 9D chrome

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  3. EDITORIALS COVERED IN TODAY'S LESSON The Hindu - Two takes on democracy Secularising the election - A nudge to borrowers Livemint - Reclaiming India's leverage on Tibet - Rewriting the rules of political engagement . The need to withdraw Afspa from Manipur raw Afspa from anipr

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  5. TH/MINT- SUPREME COURT'S JUDGEMENT ON BAN ON SEEKING VOTES ON GROUNDS OF RELIGION, CASTE, CREED, COMMUNITY ETC. (GS-2) o Does secularism mandate the complete exclusion of religion from the public sphere? And must identities based upor religion, caste, and language always be treated as evils to be fought and eradicated. o Landmark Judgement- The Supreme Court's seven-judge bench decision that candidates can't seek votes on grounds of religion, caste, creed, community or language seems, on the face of it, like a progressive step that could potentially rewrite th rules of engagement in Indian politics o Complex Issue- The seven judges hearing the case split four to three- disagreement over a single word: "his" under Sectio 123 (3) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 (RP Act)-The his" in this clause was understood thus far as a reference to the candidate o Judgement has now expanded the interpretation to include the affiliations of the voter as well. It has read sub-section 3 with two other clauses: sub-section 3(A) under Section 123 of the RP Act and Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code both of which deal with the promotion of feelings of enmity or hatred. o Chief Justice T.S. Thakur tilted the scales in favour of the "purposive interpretation"- need to maintain secular character of state and elections- trying to achieve the purity of elections, and that the purity of elections required that appeals to caste, religion, language, and community be kept out of the electoral process, otherwise would lea to 'distortion of democracv' o Dissenting views by other 3 Judges- view that Parliament did not intend the clause to extend to the voter-as such a blanket ban would prevent candidates from raising issues related to religion, etc.

  6. CONTINUED- SC'S DECISION To hold that a person who seeks to contest an election is prohibited from speaking of the egtinate concerns of cit zens that the injustices faced by them on the basis of traits having an origin in religion, race, caste, community or language would be remedied is to reduce democracy to an abstraction." o Issues with Religion-based politics -It often defaults to an oppositional narrative. And second, from an economic and o However- Religion is an essential component of culture, and culture and economic growth do not exist independent of each other. Sociology Max Weber's seminal The Protestant Ethic And The Spirit Of Capitalism corelation etween re on and Points to the reality that religon, culture and development can often be intertwined. In an Indian context there are socioeconomic The dissenting judges-the Constitution engage with the injustices suffered by various groups, it has allowed for these groups to o These markers of identity had acquired a certain social salience that is, a certain visible significance- allowed the oppressed to governance standpoint, it is a powerful enough motivator to enable blanket community appeals that cut across economic fault lines Universal Citizen does not exist. economic developmentin Latin America and 59 other countries (Harvard Study) issues specific to particular communities. rally around their religion, etc, to fight back against centuries of social oppression organise around the site of their prior oppression, and use that t (B.R Ambedkar- All India Scheduled Castes Federation) As a matter of law, the majority carried the day; but it is for each of us to ask ourselves which vision we find more convincing o gain political power

  7. LIVEMINT: THE NEED TO WITHDRAW AFSPA FROM MANIPUR (Gs-2) " India recast its Look East policy, which originated during the P.V. Narasimha Rao regime in the early 1990s, as the Act East policy in November 2014- India's Act East policy will gain traction only if there is a committed road map Manipur will have a crucial role- " Increasing border trade through the Moreh smart city project (Haollenphai) national highways 39 and 53) PROPOSED ROUTE IMPHAL China (Tibet) MANIPUR Arunachal Pradesh Bhutan MOREH Aizawl West Bengal Assam Dispur . nd MIZORAM Meghalaya Manipur Bangladesh Myanmar (Burma) MYANMAR Map not to MANDALAY

  8. MINT: THE NEED TO WITHDRAW AFSPA FROM MANIPUR (Gs-2) " Background- Manipur has been beset by insurgency ever since it was formed in 1949. The fault lines that existed during - Manipur was engulfed in an orgy of violence in the 1990s because of the ethnic militias and severe infighting betweer colonial administration by the British got accentuated post-independence- rebel group bases in Myanmar as well. Naga groups- extortion, drug trafficking by these groups. - AFSPA-imposed in Manipur in 1980 as it had been declared a "disturbed area. failure of the civil administration and the armed forces" fake encounters- plea for probe by SIT Learning from Tripura and Mizoram- combination predominantly of political will and use of security forces to bring - Court's stand- a landmark judgement in July 2016, the Supreme Court severely criticized Afspa as "symbolizing a - Current Crisis- creation of seven new districts has irked the Naga groups, blockade- United Naga Council (UNC) peace. - A political solution is the only way out of the present quagmire. everyone will have to agree to a shared homeland if the crisis is to be solved. Any move for the withdrawal of Afspa before elections could be construed as political suicide

  9. LIVEMINT - RECLAIMING INDIA'S LEVERAGE ON TIBET (Gs-2) o India still remains cautious and reserved on the issue of Tibet in spite of China continuously flexing its muscle on the issue-it is allowing itself to come under Chinese pressure-despite its British-inherited extra-territorial rights in Tibet- watched silently, even opposing a discussion in the UN general assembly on the aggression. o History- Tibet's annexation has affected Indian security like no other development, giving China, for the first time under Han rule, a contiguous border with India, Bhutan and Nepal and facilitating a Sino-Pakistan strategic axis through a common land corridor. o Mongolia's visit of Dalai Lama-( Great Mongol king, Altan Khan, converted to Tibetan Buddhism)-Typical bullying by freezing ties and seeking to throttle its economy by slapping punitive tariffs and shutting a key border crossing point- India could have played a greater role in standing by Mongolia o Present issue- Dalai Lama's visit to New Delhi attending a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Mongolia's visit o China has urged India to clearly recognize the Dalai Lama's anti-Chinese and separatist nature, to respect China's core interests and concerns, to take effective measures to eliminate the negative influences of the incident, and to avoid disturbing China-India ties-MEA downplayed stating it was a non-political event organized by Nobel laureates dedicated to the welfare of children o India recognizes Tibet as part of China even as Beijing openly challenges India's unity and territorial integrity, including by occupying the Aksai Chin plateau and claiming an entire Indian state. o Steps- Tibet is to India against China what Pakistan is to China against India. Need to be more assertive- similar to China's art of creeping, covert warfare through which it seeks to take one "slice" of territory at a time

  10. TH-2 A NUDGE To BORROWERS (GS-3) The State Bank of India's decision to cut its marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 90 basis points o The need for the cut- 1. Sharp slowdown in credit growth in the current fiscal year- RBI data. 2. Increased current and savings account (CASA) deposits post Demonetisation. 3. To spur some growth- credit-fuelled buying including in sectors such as automobiles-low-cost deposits that could potentially boost demand stimulus in the economy. 4. Unenviable situation where their liabilities (the money they owe depositors) have jumped sharply, while their assets (the loans they give) have instead almost stagnated- NPA stress Banks are now wing with each other to innovatively structure credit products including home loans in a bid to capitalize the situation. Swelled up deposits-more interest liabilities for Banks-SBI-additional markup interest it charges over the benchmark one- year MCLR-to a minimum of 50 basis points from 25 basis points earlier on Home loans. o The Upcoming Budget will make the more clear-putting economy back on track of Growth post Demonestisation (Link- decline in IIP PMI, core industries etc)