TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA `4.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA RBI keeps rates unchanged, warns of higher inflation, deeper fiscal deficit JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DEBATE OVER PLEA TO DELAY 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 astheReserveBankof India(RBI) on Wednesday kept key policy rates unchanged, while flagging 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”. “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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 15 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 model code and flood relief to delay Gujarat polls — but for Jammu & Kashmir, took another line Records show poll panel 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 Gujaratpolls.HesaidtheGujarat Chief Secretary had written to the Election Commission (EC) BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 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 THEIDEASPAGE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 THEEDITORIAL 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 governmentsattheCentreandinUPon notice, saying they will “not be forgiven” if they don’t “clear the Dialogue only way: Abdul Ghani Bhat. Shuaib Masoodi Sharma, the Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu Kashmir, because, according to him, “dialogue is the only effectiveandcivilisedwayof 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 ■Writeanessayonthenature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. ■ Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss. ALLAHABAD, DECEMBER 6 THESE15-MARKquestionswere 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. “Sirhaddictatedtheanswers, and specifically told us that we CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Farooq and Yasin Malik, had issuedastatementagainstanyengagement with Sharma. “...ForanyKashmiritobepart 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD DESPITE WARNINGS, TRUMP RECOGNISES JERUSALEM AS ISRAELI CAPITAL way for temple construction”. Addressing a gathering in Karsevakpuram, Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das said: “Now, the lineisclear.Wehaveourgovernments 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” “Yadikisiprakarsedheelaihui, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shashi Kapoor, the misfit hero BY CHANDAN MITRA Hurriyat leader breaks ranks to talk, speak up ‘Military being politicised, SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 6 11 start in September... They have suggested that the Model Code of Conduct should be imposed for a reasonable time, so that theydonotfaceproblemsincarrying out relief and rehabilitation work,” he said at a 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 sopswereannounced,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 wasnotitsmemberandSibalnot itslawyer—butinGujarat,Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked onSibal’splea,praisedtheSunni Wakf Board and attacked the Congress for “the sin of keeping importantissuesunresolved”for electoraladvantageand“making a mess of the country”. He told a poll rally in Dhandhuka that Sibal “appears fortheMuslimcommunity”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 keep army out of politics’ from traffic affects foetal PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 growth: study ARMYCHIEFGenBipinRawaton Wednesday said there was a politicisation of the armed forces andthemilitary“shouldbesomehow” 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. “Themilitaryshouldbesomehow kept out of politics. Of late, we have been seeing that politicisation of the military has been takingplace.Ithinkweoperatein a very secular environment. We have a very vibrant democracy wherethemilitaryshouldstayfar 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 BIPIN RAWAT political entity comes in then... that is best avoided,”hesaid.Thearmychief 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 theArmybeingaskedtobuildfoot overbridges following the stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station in October, Rawat saidthereisacharterofaidtocivilians under which the armed forces help out in times of crises like floods and earthquakes. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba,whoisalsochairmanofthe CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 6 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. “Thefindingssuggestthatair 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 ● 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 roadside 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 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 12 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,fishesoutasmartphone. 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 SardarVallabhbhaiPateltiedtoa 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 governmentsinthestateandthe 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(astheycalltheNarmada)” 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 rundown 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-equippedgovernmenthospital is at Rajpipla, all of 25 km 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. 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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