Nitish Kumar is politically colour blind; Anchors, shut your poisonous mouths; Satellite setback for ISRO

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is politically colour blind.

For him, there is no difference between saffron and green. He can wear either of the colour with an ease unseen in the Indian politics.

The Economic Times, The Times of India and The Indian Express have carried lead editorials on Tuesday tamasha in Patna where Kumar effortlessly threw the Bharatiya Janata Party out of power in Bihar.

ET has a bouquet of descriptions for the Bihar chief minister – ‘casino chip’, ‘whatever it takes’, ‘universal solvent’. They add to the BJP leaders calling him ‘paltu kumar’, ‘kursi kumar’, and so on.

ToI weighs Tuesday development on a larger canvass, and warns that the violent Agnipath protest in Bihar is a sign of growing impatience among the youth.

The daily quotes NITI Aayog to argue that Bihar remains a state which has 51 per cent of population multidimensionally poor.

Despite ‘Sushashan Babu’ having been chief minister of Bihar for 17 years, the state is only known for exporting the low-skilled labour force.

IE has also given an account of the power play with much stated chain of events, which have been written and spoken to death.

While the dailies haven’t dug deeper, the Patna tamasha signals that Bihar politics is at a crossroad, with all the mainstream political parties, including the BJP, failing the people.

They still smoke the weed of casteism that defined the Bihar politics in 1990s, and the state may just be ripe for an alternative politics, as the youth grows restive to prevalent political bankruptcy.

Anchors, shut your poisonous mouths  

Navika Kumar and her tribe in the television studios have for years been merchants of social poison.

They sell hatred to buy their luxuries.

The Pioneer has nailed the monstrous television malaise, calling for owning up contents broadcast by the television channels.

The daily reminds that it was in the show of Navika Kumar of Times Now that Nupur Sharma, the suspended BJP spokesperson, had taken a mental flight in the debate to comment on Prophect Mohammed.

Sharma’s comments unleashed a trail of events, which included India apologizing to Islamic countries, and a few persons hacked to deaths in the country.

The Supreme Court has granting interim protection to Navika Kumar from arrests against an FIR lodged against her in Maharashtra under section 205-A of the Indian Penal Code that deals with deliberate and malicious attempt, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

The daily asks, who is responsible for Sharma’s rants, when anchor had the option to mute the irresponsible speaker.

TP reminded that when a case is filed against a published story in a newspaper, not only the journalist faces the action, the editor and publisher are also hauled up, and the same yardstick be applied to television channels also.

Satellite setback for ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation has been India’s foremost success story despite several hiccups.

Its new rocket, the small satellite launch vehicle, couldn’t deliver the object in the intended orbit, marking another disappointment in the illustrious journey.

The Hindu, while lauding ISRO promptly sharing reasons for failure, shared the agency’s detailed explanations.

“The three stages of the SSLV rocket, with their solid propellants, performed as expected and detached smoothly to raise the remaining stages through the determined trajectory. However, in the terminal stage, there was malfunctioning of a sensor, which led to the satellites being placed in an elliptical orbit instead of a 356 km, low-Earth, circular orbit,” the daily quoted ISRO to explain the failure.

The SSLV rocket was carrying 135 kg Earth Observation Satellite EOS-02 and the 8 kg nano satellite, AzaadiSAT.

The SSLV is more advantageous to PSLV mode of delivering satellites, with scale of economy and agility being the key features.

The ISRO as has been its past would indeed demonstrate capacity to successfully soon launch SSLV.


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