Gaining G7; Opposition Disarray; Ordinance Ordeal
Leaders of seven most industrialized nations gather each year in picturesque backgrounds to bond over fine dining and sunshine, and they seek to coopt aspiring powers such as India to gain credibility. The Pioneer in its Editorial has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation in the G7 and his 10-point agenda for action was successful.
The Noida-based daily opined that Modi was able to draw attention to key issues such as food security, climate change, multilateral reforms, and growing debt crisis of smaller nations as a voice of the Global South. The daily also hailed India’s neutrality and stressed that Vladimir Putin trusts Modi only, and New Delhi keeps window open to talk to both Ukraine and Russia.
India must be clear that G7 is a self-serving body, which is increasingly becoming irrelevant, and the constituents seek to protect the order of the last century. India in size of economy is bigger than at least four G7 members, and should be mindful that most members are allies of China.
The Opposition camp is buzzing with meetings, and unity among them is the stated objective. But The Telegraph in its Editorial bared the existing impracticalities of an Opposition unity take shape for the Lok Sabha elections.
The Kolkata-based daily also faulted the arguments in some quarters that the Congress should focus on just 200 Lok Seats and cede spaces to others for one on one fight with the BJP. The daily opined that the Congress vote share in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Punjab and Delhi was higher than the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The Congress is a party of elders who have seen too many seasons to hurry into any pact with the Opposition constituents. Indications so far suggest that the Congress would seek a UPA-I arrangement after the elections in the event of the BJP falling short of the majority mark.
Administrative anarchy in Delhi is also on account of the tug of war over power between the Centre and the city government, and The Asian Age has lamented that the Ordinance to negate the effect of the May 11 Supreme Court judgment to hand over the authority over the services to the elected government in the national capital.
The daily has opined that the Ordinance poses a challenge to the prestige and authority of the Supreme Court, which has now gone into the summer recess. The daily lent its weight to the five-judge bench order that the bureaucracy should be accountable to an elected government.
Curse of Delhi is that it’s the national capital, and half the population is stated to live in sub-human conditions in ghettoes, while the money sharks live life of luxury on encroached land. Politics in Delhi has been detrimental to the interests of the people, and one may even wonder what is the need for an MLA, MP, councillor if they’re good for nothing.