Healing Wounds: Short Fuse; Pining Xi

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Healing Wounds

The Asian Age in its Editorial has underlined that the normalcy in the violence-torn Manipur is incumbent on justice, while noting that the state government facilitated meetings of 21 Opposition MPs with the affected people. The New Delhi based-daily suggested that compensation for loss of properties and other violence could be the starting point for the healing touch. It called upon the Centre to take the visit of the Opposition MPs as the first step to start the process of the reconciliation.

The current approach in New Delhi appears to be to stumble upon some quick fix solutions, as Naga tribe is now being roped in for an outreach with Kuki-Zomi tribe. Zero tolerance for violence and arms may set up a template for lasting peace, and this could be achieved by all hands-on-deck approach to fish out all weapons in the hands of the people.   

Short Fuse

The Tribune in its Editorial has dwelt upon the issue of the rising incidents of crime against women in the backdrop of a 23-year-old girl bludgeoned to death by her cousin in New Delhi for spurning the marriage demand. The Chandigarh-based daily has argued that the “law and order system has failed to instil the fear of punishment in those prone to violence, thus enabling the culture of impunity to thrive”. It also mentioned a gruesome case involving an 11-year-old girl, gangraped and found covered in blood with bite marks all over her body in a jungle in Madhya Pradesh last week, to make the case of rising brutalities against women.

Social scientists must now reflect if the quick-fix solution approach with stringent law enacted by Parliament after Nirbhaya case has done any good, and if not the civil society must seek accountability from law enforcement agencies for their rudderless efficiency.

Pining Xi

The Indian Express has in its Editorial has speculated if Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India in September for G20 Summit. The Noida-based daily also referred to the Chinese claims of the ‘Bali Consensus’ between Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for seeking peace on border. The daily has claimed that there is an optimism in New Delhi that Xi may visit India.

India’s former foreign secretary Shyam Sharan a few months ago had said that Xi’s visit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit may give clues if Beijing will seek negotiated settlement of the border dispute. Xi had not come, for India went for a virtual summit.  

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