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Editorial in MDM

The unusual step of a sit-in strike by  V Narayana Swamy,  chief minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry before the state assembly building in protest against the anti-democratic steps of Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi,  came to an end after six days.    However,  some apprehensions still linger.  The dharna that was staged by the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues in front of 'Raj Nivas'  from 13 February was against the cited cases of Kiran Bedi misusing her discretion by withholding approval for 40 schemes inc

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One wonders if we are to believe that enlightened Kerala is not going to be free of the politics of ruthless murders, despite all-party meetings for restoration of peace,   signing of 'cease-fire' agreements between parties,  and even if protest hartals become routine repeated over and over despite ban by courts,  or leaders giving assurances after assurances.    That is what any Keralite waking up to hear the brutal murder of two Congress workers – Kripesh and Shara Lal -  in Periya, Kasargode on Sunday night.    

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One wonders if we are to believe that enlightened Kerala is not going to be free of the politics of ruthless murders, despite all-party meetings for restoraton of peace,   signing of 'cease-fire' agreements between parties,  and even if protest hartals become routine repeated over and over despite ban by courts,  or leaders giving assurances after assurances.    That is what any Keralite waking up to hear the brutal murder of two Congress workers – Kripesh and Shara Lal -  in Periya, Kasargode on Sunday night.    <

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The country is yet to recover from the shock created by the Pulwama terrorist attack.  The benumbing disbelief is writ everywhere about how in a region with one of the highest state of alert in the world,  and in the course of a well-armed military convoy,  such a big casualty could happen in broad day light.  

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The Comptroller and Audit General (CAG) report on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal can be said to be endorsing,  at least partially the Central Government.  It was one of the main allegations against the agreement that the price was higher than the one signed earlier by UPA government.  CAG makes a summary statement that the NDA deal price is lower by 2.86 per cent than the previous agreement.

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The terrorist attack on the convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Pulwama in Jammu-Kashmir has shocked the entire nation.   The explosion is said to be the biggest suicide strike to have taken place in Kashmir in  18 years.  The attack took place on the CRPF convoy that was moving from Jammu to Srinagar,  near Awantipora in Pulwama  District. 

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The floods in Kerala six months ago that indundated virtually the entire state,  was only one of the several natural disasters that hit the country last year.   During the same period the country witnessed other calamitous phenomena similar to,  or more terrifing than that.  Every month in 2018 was a time of some tragedy:  in January,  100 people lost lives in the cold wave that blew across nothern  India;  in the four months that followed,  unprecedented damage was caused by the storm,  snowstorm,  thunder and dustwind tha

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The statement by KPCC President President Mullappally Ramachandran that if CPM eschews violence the Congress is ready for an understanding with CPM in Kerala too,  was quickly followed by disagreements from within the Congress itself.    Former KPCC president MM Hassan commented that CPM and BJP which have politics of violence as their philosophy are the chief foes of Congress.  Another former KPCC President K Muraleedharan also has come out against Mullappally's statement.

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With the strike by the shepherd community of Gujjars in Rajasthan with the demand of five per cent reservation,   having disrupted rail and road transport,  it has affected normal life within the state and outside.   Many trains crossing Rajasthan over the last three days have been cancelled or delayed.  When the agitators set vehicles on fire and resorted to other forms of violence,  it led to even firing on Sunday.

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It has become all too patent that Karnataka politics has become a running model of the worst rot and nauseating decay.   Ever since the assembly election was over,  BJP has been after the ruling coalition's legislators with hefty wallets.  Until today the party has not been able to reconcile to its ouster by the people or to function as a responsible opposition.

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