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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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The Nation Wants Your Best, Just Do It

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-05-29 07:28:16

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Two years of Modi government have brought in exciting new possibilities on the one hand and depressing damage to the social fabric of India on the other. For me, the biggest positive has been the perceptible change in the level of corruption in the country and the biggest negative has been the stand-off with the opposition.

The government has worked to put in place several things that have laid the platform for structural reforms. The Bankruptcy Code and the Commercial Courts Act are things in the right direction and will help in ease of doing business. Bringing transparency in government decisions has been another, with e-tenders being made the norm for most departments. Fiscal prudence and leash over inflation have been other positives. The plugging of loopholes in doles, with Jan Dhan Yojana bank accounts backed by Aadhar, have meant immense savings for the exchequer and a smart kick on the butt for crony capitalists who thrived on siphoning off funds meant for the poor. If only the GST and the Land Bills had been done with, the picture would have been much rosier.

If the government has failed to do so, it is its confrontationist attitude vis-à-vis the opposition that is to blame. The opposition will be intransigent – it is its business to be so. It will always see red when the government sees blue, especially when its leading lights are lampooned and called names day in and day out. The government has to leave its own opposition mode and campaign flavour behind and reach out and work with the opposition. To be fair, the Congress has not helped with its holier-than-thou stance. Using its majority in the Rajya Sabha, Congress has blocked several important legislations, some of which were conceived by them only and are supported by many states. This is wrong and against national interest. There has to be a spirit of give and take if the nation is to progress.

Although things have now been brought under control, immense damage was done to the social fabric of the country by the Hindutva forces when places of worship, and members, of minorities were attacked all over India. Statement by BJP and RSS motor-mouths made a large percentage of Indians feel unwelcome in their own country. Personal choices and rights were sought to be suppressed in the name of nationalism. For a while, it seemed things will go out of hand. But better sense seems to have prevailed and an uneasy calm has been restored. The government has to ensure that what happened is not repeated, even as it goes about healing the wounds.

Also not to be repeated is the kind of misadventure undertaken in Uttarakhand. Even if the Congress has not been able to keep its house in order in both Arunachal and Uttarakhand (which led to the crisis in the first place), the government should know better than fish in troubled waters. Good work and better organization will bring in the states – like it happened in Assam. There is no need to go the undemocratic way.

Two different opinion polls have shown that the NDA has not lost its popularity despite high octane campaign by the Congress and several controversies. The TOI survey showed more than 62% approved of the government while the ABP News survey clearly showed that if elections were held now, the NDA will return with an increased majority. If people still have faith in it, the government should back itself and put its head down to implement and achieve what it had set out to.