Cut Vishwaroopam

Jamaat-e-Islami's bi-weekly, Daawat (January 28) points out: "This is not the first statement about Hindutva terrorism. The former chief of Maharashtra's ATS, Hemant Karkare, had, following the second bomb blast at Malegaon, gone deep into this network and unmasked it. If he were alive, the entire network of Hindutva (terror) network would have been exposed."

Rahul's New Role

The weekly Nai Duniya, edited by former SP leader Shahid Siddiqui, in its report from Jaipur (January 28), writes: "Rahul Gandhi has been designated the vice president of the Congress, but the fact is that the reins of the party have been handed over to him. Thus, there has been a change of generation in the Congress leadership. The party will now take the field with a new image and slogan. The Congress... could not have made any other move at this point... Its confrontation is with Modi, who is rapidly moving towards Delhi and the present leadership of the Congress does not seem to have the power to stop him."

Inquilab, in its editorial on January 29, writes: "The common perception about Rahul Gandhi is that he has not demonstrated his capabilities on any front and has not succeeded in giving the party any advantage worth mentioning... He needs to come out openly and let people make an assessment of his personality. The other important task is to put an end to the 'culture of sycophancy', bring about credibility with regard to promises made and establish a direct and sympathetic rapport with the people." The daily Hamara Samaj (January 21) writes: "Since the Congress started ignoring minorities, it lost power... If Rahul Gandhi wants to attain stable power, he has to pay special attention to the problems of minorities in the country, especially Muslims."


In an editorial on January 24, Inquilab writes: "The BJP was caught in a catch-22 situation. If Nitin Gadkari had been made the party's president again, the party would not morally be able to utter a word against corruption. And if he was sacked, it would have meant accepting his alleged acts of corruption and eating its words, as the person for whom so much was done to retain as president for two consecutive terms was ultimately unfit for it."

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