‘If India is not secular, then India is not India at all…. Governments will come and go. This nation must remain’: newspapers fire at Modi from Vajpayee’s shoulders

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Today’s front pages of newspapers is, as always, a showcase of the sublime to the mundane. For newspapers like The Telegraph, Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s death is a good occasion to remind readers of his audacious reminder of Raj Dharma to Narendra Modi: “If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.”

The Indian Express underlines the ephemeral nature of power for those strutting around as if there it is eternal: “Governments will come and go. India must remain.”

Only Deccan Herald, the Malayalam dailies Manorama and Mathrubhoomi lead with the flood disaster in Kerala. And the Kannada newspaper Praja Vani lets an advertisement intrude its front page even on a day like this.

Large-circulation dailies like Dainik Jagran in Hindi and Eenadu in Telugu have shockingly but unsurprisingly mediocre display.