Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Mahatma of our times is forever free


    Moving tributes to Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday dominate the front pages. "The Mahatma of our times is forever free" writes the Times of India. The paper adds "He liberated a Race and a Nation from the confines of his prison". The Hindustan Times highlights Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's deion of Mandela in its caption "He was a giant among men".

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address at a leadership summit organised by a national daily is keenly noticed by the press. The Asian Age reports him as saying "Anti riots bill not gimmick for vote". The Pioneer caption reads "Modi a challenge, accepts PM".

    India getting its way on providing subsidies on staple food crops at the WTO talks gets front page attention. "Win at WTO, no threat to food security plan" reports the Asian Age.

    Most papers take note of the growing clamour for action against retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Ganguly after a three judge committee of the Supreme Court indicted him of sexual misconduct. The Hindu reports Law Minister Kapil Sibal as tweeting "SC cant wash its hands off Ganguly issue". Highlighting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee's demand that Justice Ganguly step down as the head of the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission, the Indian Express writes "Pressure up on Ganguly to go: Didi writes to Pranab".

    The outrage over Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah's comments about not employing women as secretaries for fear of being accused of sexual harassment is prominently noticed in the press. "Comments on women cause furore, Farooq apologises later" writes the Hindustan Times.

    And finally, an interesting historical fact about martyr Udham Singh who had shot and killed Michael O' Dwyer in 1940 in London. The Tribune reports on its front page that Udham Singh had acted in two English films in 1937 and 1939 to lend financial support to the Ghadar Party.

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