TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA RBI keeps key rates unchanged, warns against fiscal deficit, higher inflation JOURNALISM OF COURAGE TEMPLE ECHO IN GUJARAT Sunni board says plea to delay Ayodhya hearing wrong PM praises board, attacks Cong over Sibal’s request to SC, who hits back GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, DECEMBER 6 LENDING AND deposit rates are expected to remain unchanged astheReserveBankof India(RBI) on Wednesday kept key policy rates unchanged, while flagging off the risk of an uptick in both inflation and fiscal deficit. Amoderationininflation,excluding food and fuel, observed in the first quarter of 2017-18 has, by and large, reversed and “twoof thekeyfactorsdetermining the cost of living conditions and inflation expectations — food and fuel inflation — edged up in November”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 Hindu outfits observe Vijay Diwas in Ayodhya. Vishal Srivastav EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AYODHYA, AHMEDABAD, NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 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 EC cited flood relief for delay in Gujarat election dates, but model code did not affect work in flood-hit J&K YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 IN OCTOBER, Chief Election Commissioner(CEC)AKJotihad cited “flood relief” while delaying the announcement of Gujarat polls. He had said that the Gujarat chief secretary had written to the Election Commission (EC), seeking more time before the declaration of poll dates as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would hamper flood relief work. While the EC found merit in BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION the state’s request, documents accessed by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act show that relief and rehabilitation work in Jammu and Kashmir,whichwashitbyfloods barelythreemonthsaheadof assembly elections in November 2014, was not affected by the J&K was hit by floods in September 2014. File model code. Over 300 people were killed and thousands affected by the September 2014 floods in J&K, SARAH HAFEEZ ALLAHABAD, DECEMBER 6 ■ Writeanessayonthenature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. ■ Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss. 9 THEIDEASPAGE Capturing power Bring electricity within ambit of GST. This will reduce cost, eliminate cross-subsidisation, restore neutrality of incentives thought to be the worst in decades. But the poll panel, then headed by V S Sampath and including H S Brahma and Nasim BHU paper for MA students: GST in Arthashastra, Manu on globalisation THESE15-MARKquestionswere part of the Political Science paper 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,whosetthequestionpaper, said he had “interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation”.“Itwasmyideato introducetheseexamplestostudents. So what if these are not in Military being politicised, keep army out of politics: Gen Rawat PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RBI Governor Urjit Patel with deputies B P Kanungo, N S Vishwanathan and Viral V Acharya in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar “There is a risk that this upward trajectory may continue in thenearterm,”RBIGovernorUrjit Patel warned after the monetary policyreview.Stockmarketswere unnerved by the higher inflation projectionwiththeSensexplunging205pointstoendat32,597.18, 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 excisedutyandVATinthecase of petroleum products, and decrease in revenue on account of reductioninGSTratesforseveral goods and services may result in fiscal slippage with attendant Army Chief General Bipin Rawat The questions were allotted 15 marks each 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 would get these questions. They are not part of our textbooks but we took down notes,” said a student. But students of colleges affiliated to BHU claimed they had not been taught the answers, and it was not part of their course material. According to Mishra, “Kautilya’s Arthashastra is the first Indian book which hints at the current concept of GST. The concept of GST primarily says that consumer gains the most. The meaning of GST suggests that the country’s finances and economy be unified and uniform. Kautilya is one such thinker who propounded national economic integration — ekikaran... In fact, Kautilya had specified in his time that taxes on house construction be 20 per cent, gold and other metals 20 per cent, border tax 20 per cent, gardens 5 per cent, singers, dancers and artistes 50 per cent.” Mishra told his students that “Manu was the first thinker to have introduced the tradition of globalisation in the world... Nietzsche has said this in as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Zaidi,haddecidedagainstdelaying elections in the state, which were held in five phases from November 25 to December 20. According to the EC’s official records, ■ Unlike Gujarat, there was no official request from the J&K chief secretary seeking delay in announcement of polls due to flood relief work. ■ On November 5, 2014, the ECwrotetothecabinetsecretary, J&K chief secretary and the state’s chief electoral officer, informingthemthatithadrelaxed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD SHERIN’SBODY WASBUNDLED WITHTRASH: POLICE A DAY after Congress MP and lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for oneof theMuslimlitigantsinthe Ayodhya lawsuit, told the Supreme Court to defer final hearing in the matter until July 2019, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Wakf Board, one of the three parties in the title suit, disagreed with his statement, pointed to his political affiliation and said it favoured an early decision. The Sunni Wakf Board’s decision to distance itself from Sibal’s statement resonated in poll-boundGujaratwherePrime Minister Narendra Modi praised theWakf Boardandattackedthe Congress for “the sin of keeping 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BY CHANDAN MITRA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Woman, daughter murdered in Noida, juvenile son suspect Cash missing, CCTV shows 16-year-old leaving house, bodies found day later, sent for post-mortem examination NOIDA, DECEMBER 6 INSIDE ● EIGHT GET LIFE SENTENCE FOR TERROR ACTIVITIES, P3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shashi Kapoor, the misfit hero ADITI VATSA PLOT TO KILL THERESA MAY FOILED, TWO SUSPECTS HELD importantissuesunresolved”for electoral advantage and “making a mess of the country”. BJP president Amit Shah too trained guns on the rival party, and tweeted “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 Babri Masjid, Haji Mehboob, an influential member of the Wakf Board, told The Indian Express that Sibal should not have said what he said in court. “I don’t like this appeal of Sibal Sahab to adjourn the hearing till 2019. I was in Delhi for three days and I met him on Monday but he did not discuss any such opinion... He is also a Congress leader... Unko aisa nahi kehna chahiye tha (he should not 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 nevertodiscusswomenandpoliticsintheforces.However,these subjectsweregradually“inching” their way into the discourse and thisshouldbeavoided,headded. “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 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. The defence forces, he asserted, do best when they don’t meddle in the political affairs of the nation. Responding to criticism over the Army being asked to build foot overbridges following the stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station in October, Rawat said there is a charter of aid to civilians under which the armed forces help out THE BODIES of a 42-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter,withtheirheadsbludgeoned, were found in their fourteenth-floor home in Greater Noida West, around 11.30 pm Tuesday. Police said the victims were stabbed with scissors on the face and neck, and beaten with a cricket bat. The woman’s 16-year-old son, who was seen leaving their home around 11.15 pm a day earlier, is being treated as the main suspect, police said, adding that the FIR has been lodgedagainstunknownpersons for the time being. Police said the flat was occupiedbythewoman,herhusband, We are looking at CCTV footage... The son is seen leaving the flat around 11.15 pm on Monday night, carrying a backpack. No other person is seen entering or leaving the flat AJAY KUMAR SHARMA POLICE OFFICER theirtwochildrenandtheman’s parents.Thefamily,whichearlier lived in Noida, moved into this home around four months ago. “The woman’s husband runs a tiles business and had left for GujaratonMondaymorning.His parents had left for Dehradun a day earlier,” said Ajay Kumar Sharma, SHO of Bisrakh police station. “The bodies were found in the bedroom on Tuesday night, but the murders appear to have been committed between 8.30 pm and 11.15 pm on Monday. Their heads and faces have been smashed. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination. Some froth was noticed near the girl’s mouth. An FIR against unidentified persons under IPC section 302 (murder) has been registered. Preliminary investigation points to the involvement of the 16-year-old son. We are looking at CCTV footage and electronic surveillance. The son is seen leaving the flat around 11.15 pm CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN THE SHADOW OF STATUE OF UNITY, LOOKING FOR A SCHOOL, HOSPITAL SANDEEP DWIVEDI GORA (NARMADA), DEC 6 THEPRODUCTplacementonthe cash counter of Kanu Tadvi’s road-side convenience kiosk shows his business acumen. Arrangedneatly,undertheusual 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 fromGoravillage’s80houses,invariably give in to the impulse to buy this extremely essential commodity. AsTadvipourspetrolintothe 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 kmdowntheroad,”saysthehelmet-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,Tadvirecoversfastto DECISION 2017 GUJARAT 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 WhatsApp forward, of a picture of a massive bronze head of SardarVallabhbhaiPateltiedtoa Tadvi at his shop near the Patel statue site. Sandeep Dwivedi fork-lift. Not many believe it’s real; they say it’s too small a bust for“theworld’stallestsculpture” — a showpiece project of the BJP government in the state and the Modi regime at the Centre. Gora is good with measurements. They knowtheir 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(astheycalltheNarmada)” and the acres they have lost be- cause 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 dilapidatedhutnextdoor—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-equippedgovernmenthospitalisatRajpipla,awhole25km Jaipur away, and the same is true for a cinemahall.“Miscalculatingdistances 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.Politiciansdon’tquiteinspire 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. Meanwhile,asourTadvireplaces the bottled fuel on the cash counter, you know that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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