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'The Hindu' goes overboard
'The Hindu' has been my favourite/preferred newspaper for more than 15 years now, to the extent that I was subscribed to the newspaper's international edition when I was studying in Singapore. I've stuck with it despite its overly pro-communist stand, primarily because of the quality of the content rather than the stand taken.
Singur is all about context and verifiable fact. There has been a bottled-up demand for industry and consequently industrial land in West Bengal — and the Tata Motors project at Singur is a test case for whether this demand can be met. Under the circumstances, the permanent government of the State has made it clear that it will consolidate and strengthen its agrarian base but will diversify into industry as well.A newspaper has no business to assert that an elected (assuming that Communist governments are indeed elected) state government is a permanent one, despite being in power for nearly 30 years now.
Surely the newspaper has gone overboard in its support of the government in Bengal. The newspaper needs to publish an apology immediately, for insulting the intelligence of the voters of West Bengal. There's a vast difference between kowtowing and providing an objective editorial slant.
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