LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DEBATE OVER PLEA TO DELAY RBI keeps rates unchanged, warns of higher inflation, deeper fiscal deficit Day after SC hearing, Ayodhya heats up Gujarat campaign trail After defendant Haji Mehboob says he doesn’t want delay, PM praises Sunni Wakf Board, slams Kapil Sibal who called for deferral; Board says Mehboob not ours EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AYODHYA, AHMEDABAD, NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 RBI Governor Urjit Patel with deputies B P Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan and Viral V Acharya in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, DECEMBER 6 LENDING AND deposit rates are expected to remain unchanged as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday kept key policy rates unchanged, while flagging off the risk of an uptick in both inflation and fiscal deficit. A moderation in inflation, excluding food and fuel, observed in the first quarter of 2017-18 has, by and large, reversed and “two of the key factors determining the cost of living conditions and inflation expectations — food and fuel inflation — edged up in November”. “There is a risk that this upward trajectory may continue in the near term,” RBI Governor Urjit Patel warned after the monetary policy review. Stock markets were unnerved by the higher inflation projection with the Sensex plunging 205 points to end at 32,597.18, while the broader Nifty finished at 10,044.10, down 74.15 points. The RBI warned that implementation of farm loan waivers by select states, partial rollback of excise duty and VAT in the case of petroleum products, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE REMEMBERING AMBEDKAR Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Manmohan Singh, Mallikarjun Kharge pay tributes to Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary, at Parliament House, Wednesday. Renuka Puri PAGE 11 EC cited model code and flood relief to delay Gujarat polls — but for Jammu & Kashmir, took another line Records show EC exempted relief work in J&K from Model Code YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 TWO FLOODS, two states, two elections — two stories. In October Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti cited “flood relief” while delaying the announcement of Gujarat polls. He said the Gujarat Chief Secretary had written to the Election Commission (EC) BUSINESS AS USUAL E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION seeking more time before the declaration of poll dates as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would hamper flood relief work. “We have received a repre- J&K was hit by floods in September 2014. File sentation from them (Gujarat government) that there have been unprecedented floods in July and relief work could only NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN & BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 6 BREAKING RANKS with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference of which he is an executive committee member, Abdul Ghani Bhat, leader of the Muslim Conference, met Dineshwar THE IDEAS PAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE At a Hindu gathering in Ayodhya Wednesday. Vishal Srivastav On Babri anniversary, Hindu groups to PM, Yogi: build the temple LALMANI VERMA AYODHYA, DECEMBER 6 OBSERVING THE 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid as Shaurya Sankalp Sabha in Ayodhya Wednesday, Hindu outfits, led by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas that spearheaded the temple movement in the 1990s, put the BJP governments at the Centre and in UP on notice, saying they will “not be forgiven” if they don’t “clear the Abdul Gani Bhat, a leader of the Hurriyat. Shuaib Masoodi Sharma, the Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu Kashmir, because, according to him, “dialogue is the only effective and civilized way of addressing issues bedeviling relations between nations or peoples”. Ahead of Sharma’s first visit to the Valley in early November, the Hurriyat’s Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar BHU paper for MA students: GST in Arthashastra, Manu on globalisation Capturing power SARAH HAFEEZ Bring electricity within ambit of GST. This will reduce cost, eliminate cross-subsidisation, restore neutrality of incentives ■Write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. ■ Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss. ALLAHABAD, DECEMBER 6 THESE 15-MARK questions were part of the Political Science pa- per for MA (Master of Arts) students in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Monday. While students said the topics were not part of their course on ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’, Professor Kaushal Kishore Mishra, who set the question paper, said he had “interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation”. “It was my idea to introduce these examples to students. So what if these are not in the textbook? Isn’t it our job to find newer ways to teach,” he said. “Sir had dictated the answers, and specifically told us that we Farooq and Yasin Malik, had issued a statement against any engagement with Sharma. “...For any Kashmiri to be part of this futile exercise will only undermine our internationally acknowledged legitimate and just struggle, nourished by the blood of our martyrs and great sacrifices and hardships rendered daily by the Masses,” the BY CHANDAN MITRA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 19 WORLD DESPITE WARNINGS, TRUMP RECOGNISES JERUSALEM AS ISRAELI CAPITAL CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 keep army out of politics: General Rawat PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 ARMY CHIEF Gen Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said there was a politicisation of the armed forces and the military “should be somehow” kept away from politics. The army chief also said the norm in the “good old days” was never to discuss women and politics in the forces. However, these subjects were gradually “inching” their way into the discourse and this should be avoided, he added. “The military should be somehow kept out of politics. Of late, we have been seeing that politicisation of the military has been taking place. I think we operate in a very secular environment. We have a very vibrant democracy where the military should stay far away from the way for temple construction”. Addressing a gathering in Karsevakpuram, Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das said: “Now, the line is clear. We have our governments at the Centre and in the state. We have sent them to power. Through this sabha, we are alerting the governments that the Prime Minister and Chief Minister should consider Hindu sentiments and clear the way for temple construction” “Yadi kisi prakar se dheelai hui, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shashi Kapoor, the misfit hero Hurriyat leader breaks ranks to talk, speak up Military being politicised, BY UNNY 9 start in September..They have suggested that the Model Code of Conduct should be imposed for a reasonable time, so that they do not face problems in carrying out relief and rehabilitation work,” he said at the press conference on October 12 announcing the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh. The delayed announcement came in handy to the ruling BJP in the state — a slew of financial sops were announced, big-ticket projects were launched across the state and several Central ministers and BJP Chief Ministers travelled to address election rallies. While the EC found merit in POLITICS OVER Ayodhya resonated in poll-bound Gujarat and in New Delhi a day after Congress MP and lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for litigant Iqbal Ansari in the Ayodhya lawsuit, asked the Supreme Court to defer the hearing until July 2019. After Haji Mehboob, one of the defendants, disagreed with Sibal and said he favoured an early decision in the matter — a lawyer for the UP Sunni Central Wakf Board said Haji Mehboob was not its member and Sibal not its lawyer — but in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked on Sibal’s plea, praised the Sunni Wakf Board and attacked the Congress for “the sin of keeping important issues unresolved” for electoral advantage and “making a mess of the country”. He told a poll rally in Dhandhuka that Sibal “appears for the Muslim community” and asked the gathering “should we keep an issue such as Ram Mandir pending in the name of elections”. BJP president Amit Shah too trained guns on the rival party, tweeting about “shameful posturing by Congress on Ram Temple issue”. In Ayodhya, before attending the Yaum-e-Gham (Day of Sorrow) meeting to mark 25 years of the demolition of the DEATH BY BREATH Pollution from traffic affects foetal growth: study ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 polity,” he said. Rawat was speaking at an event organised by the United Service Institution. “Whenever (any) issue (of) linking any military establishment or military personnel where political entity comes in then... that is best avoided,” he said. The army chief declined to elaborate on the statement. PREGNANT WOMEN who are exposed to road traffic pollution are more likely to deliver babies with low birth weight, according to a study conducted in London. Weight at the time of birth has an immediate bearing on an infant’s chances of survival — those with low birth weight are more likely to develop a range of complications. “The findings suggest that air pollution from road traffic in London is adversely affecting foetal growth. The results suggest little evidence for an independent exposure-response CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat in Delhi on Wednesday. PTI ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN THE SHADOW OF STATUE OF UNITY, LOOKING FOR A SCHOOL, HOSPITAL SANDEEP DWIVEDI GORA (NARMADA), DEC 6 THE PRODUCT placement on the cash counter of Kanu Tadvi’s road-side convenience kiosk shows his business acumen. Arranged neatly, under the usual retail-outlet door hangings of flavoured chips, are used onelitre ‘Bisleris’ refilled with petrol. Bottled fuel is one of Tadvi’s best-selling items. Most of his customers, almost everyone from Gora village’s 80 houses, invariably give in to the impulse to buy this extremely essential commodity. As Tadvi pours petrol into the empty tank of a self-start gearless two-wheeler owned by a regular, he checks how far the latter needs to go. “Just about 2 km down the road,” says the helmet-less driver. That’s where most of Gora heads these days. Tadvi likes to talk to his clients. His second question is slightly cryptic, at least to outsiders. “How far has it reached?” he asks. The man points to his knees and looks around, before he spots a mini-truck parked by the road. “The toe nails are as big as that truck,” he says. Eyes widen, jaw drops. Thankfully, Tadvi recovers fast to DECISION 2017 GUJARAT FULL COVERAGE PAGES 4, 6 share his surprise. “Sardar nu putdo (Sardar’s statue)... Statue of Unity,” he drops the 600-feet hint. A less-shocked and more informed bystander, a young Goraite, fishes out a smart phone. He volunteers to show a Tadvi at his shop near the Patel statue site. Sandeep Dwivedi WhatsApp forward, of a picture of a massive bronze head of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel tied to a fork-lift. Not many believe it’s real; they say it’s too small a bust for “the world’s tallest sculpture” — a showpiece project of the BJP government in the state and the Modi regime at the Centre. Gora is good with measurements. They know their milimetres, metres and kilometres pretty well here in this hamlet of the Narmada district of south Gujarat. They need to. They also have a fear of heights, and distances as well. It’s in their DNA. For generations, their life has revolved around the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on “Ma Rewa (as they call the Narmada)” and the acres they have lost because of that. Of late, the narrative has changed. These days the dream is 600-ft tall. As more villagers flock around the run-down shed, that sells everything from vegetables and cooking oil to spices — and if you wish, all put together in a meal and served at a smaller dilapidated hut next door — Gora’s several kilometres’ long complaint list rolls out. The nearest petrol pump from the dam/statue site/Gora is about 12 km at Garudeshwar; closest school after Class VII a further kilometre away still. A well-equipped government hospital is at Rajpipla, a whole 25 km away, and the same is true for a cinema hall. “Miscalculating distances or the mileage of your vehicle can mean the difference between life and death,” says Raipal, who spent his youth in Gora but is now stationed at Rajpipla, where he is an educator. Politicians don’t quite inspire confidence among the locals. The BJP’s Shabdsharnbhai Tadvi is the sitting MLA, with Gora falling in Nandod constituency. The villagers say they haven’t seen him in a while. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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