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QBullet: BJP’s Bihar Prospects, Death Penalty in India and More

QBullet: Read the best news and views from across the papers. 

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HAM-S leader Jitan Ram Manjhi (left) and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan. (Photo: PTI)

1. Manjhi Questions Paswan’s Status as Dalit Leader, Rocks NDA

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has put the BJP in a difficult position just ahead of the Bihar elections. According to Hindustan Times, Manjhi has demanded that his party, HAM-S be given more than 15 seats, which was what the BJP had promised earlier. When Paswan’s LJP contested this demand, Manjhi questioned the former’s credentials to call himself a Dalit leader.

The LJP has said its leader Ram Vilas Paswan is the only one among the allies to have had a long stint at the Centre, so it should get the lion’s share of the seats left by the BJP.

Manjhi has contested this, saying, “That’s an egoistic statement. How does that (a stint at the Centre) matter among equal allies?”

Read the full report here.

2. Yogendra: BJP Will Emerge Pre-eminent Force in Bihar

Psephologist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav, in an interview to Times of India, says that no matter who forms the government, the BJP will be a pre-eminent force in Bihar.

Q: Who has the edge in Bihar?

A: The manner in which the game is being played it’s BJP versus the rest. In a way , this is a tragedy for Bihar, because it reverses all the gains of social justice politics of the last two decades.

Read the full interview here.

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3. In the Middle of Sheena Probe, Rakesh Maria Shunted

Mumbai top cop Rakesh Maria’s promotion as IG, Homeguards has surprised many top officials. It is also raising questions if he was being overzealous in the Sheena Bora murder probe.

Sources said Maria was in his office at 10.30 am, chalking out the day’s programme, when he got the letter confirming his promotion and transfer. But there were enough indications that it was not a snap decision, with the government having already issued a temporary order to elevate the rank of police commissioner to accommodate Javed who is a DGP.

Read the full report here. 

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4. Death Sentence Rate Highest in Delhi, J&K

A recent study conducted based on data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals the rate of death penalty in different states. The national capital and Jammu and Kashmir top the list.

A person convicted of murder in Delhi or Jammu & Kashmir has a higher probability of being handed the death penalty than anywhere else in India. In J&K, the likelihood is 6.8 times higher than the national average and in Delhi a convict is six times more likely to be put on death row.

Read the full report here.

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5. CWC Meet: Congress Gives Sonia Gandhi 1 More Year, Waits for Rahul Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi will remain Congress President for some more time and Rahul Gandhi will have to wait for his turn to be party President. But the process might begin right after the Bihar elections.

File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: Reuters)
File photo of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: Reuters)

Sonia, in her concluding remarks at the CWC, is learnt to have said that extending the deadline does not necessarily mean the party will have to wait for one year to conduct internal polls.

Sources said the CWC sent out a message that once organisational elections get over, Sonia and most of the current office bearers will stage an exit, paving the way for Rahul, who has already started taking feedback from the old guard before he finalises his new team. They added that if things go according to plan, Rahul will take over as president in January or February 2016.

Read the full report here.

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6. Red Lines on a Green Field: What India Should do at Climate Talks

We are only weeks away from the 21st Conference of Parties (COP-21) in Paris, scheduled in December.

Given the failure to expand the agreed portions of the heavily bracketed Geneva Negotiating Text (GNT), it is unlikely that the five working days allotted in October would be able to come up with a relatively clean text for Paris. We may then be confronted with the familiar ‘dilemma of the deadline’ with pressures mounting in the final hours to reach consensus by having to abandon strongly held positions in a familiar process of attrition.

Having been through the painful experience of the previous climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009, I would offer some personal observations.

Read the full piece here.

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7. Loud of the Rings

Why do we Indians talk so loudly on cellphones so that everyone within an earshot range of 20 metres can hear what we’re saying?

Whatever the reason, the time has come for all concerned to move the powers-that-be to enforce the right to privacy. The right to privacy not from a sneaky sarkar tapping our phone calls and PCs and eavesdropping on our personal doings and sayings but the right to privacy of not having forcibly to be made to hear the endless yakkety-yak and bak-bak of others.

Read the full opinion piece here.

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8. Lessons From Europe’s Shores

Europe, which is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II, is currently under the scanner for the absence of an effective asylum mechanism.

While Europe is grappling with this crisis, its repercussions have brought the plight of refugees to the forefront. This is a moment for all governments, including India’s, to re-examine their preparedness to respond to similar situations. India hosts more than two lakh refugees and is at the centre of refugee movements in the South Asian region. Despite this, India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, nor does it have a domestic asylum framework.

Read the full piece here.

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9. Why Attacks on Mahatma Gandhi are Good

The imperfect Gandhi was more radical and progressive than most contemporary compatriots. Today, in India, South Africa and the US, his legacy provides hope, not an obstacle, for the equality of races and castes.

Read the full piece by Rajmohan Gandhi in The Indian Express here.

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