Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Modi: India's disingenuous democrat

Modi: India's disingenuous democrat


    The resumption of the quota stir by the Jat community in Haryana grabs front page attention in the press. The Tribune reports "Amid tight security, tepid start to Jat stir". Drawing attention to the security arrangements in neighbouring Delhi to prevent any trouble, the Hindustan Times writes "Prohibitory ordes in Delhi border areas for Jat protest".
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Qatar is prominently noticed. "India, Qatar to share data on terror financing, hawala" states the Hindu. The Indian Express carries a picture of Prime Minister Modi having a meal with Indian workers at a medical camp in Doha.
    Most papers take note of a horrific accident on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The Pioneer writes "17 killed, 35 hurt as luxury bus rams into two stationary cars".
    The press keenly tracks developments in the aftermath of the clash between the police and members of a cult  who had illegally occupied the Jawahar Bagh in Mathura. The Hindustan Times reports "Ghazipur villagers refuse to take cult leader's body". The Asian Age quotes Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as saying "CBI inquiry on Mathura if UP wants".
    The Indian Express, in a special front page story, publishes data from the National Crime Record Bureau or NCRB it obtained through an RTI query from the Union Home Ministry. The paper observes "NCRB figures show highest suicide rates among Christians, Dalits, tribals".
    The death of Manohar Aich, the first Indian to win the Mr Universe title in 1952, is widely noticed in the papers. Drawing attention to his height of 4 feet 11 inches, the Hindustan Times observes "India's Pocket Hercules passes away at 104".
    And finally, a bitter clash over a delectable sweet! The Hindu observes "Odisha wages a literary struggle to claim rosogolla as its own : It's ours counters West Bengal, seeking Intellectual Property rights".

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