TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, MAY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PRIME MINISTER INAUGURATES EASTERN EXPRESSWAY AN EXPRESS INVESTIGATION On bypoll eve, Modi targets Congress: Bihar’s prohibition crackdown: 2 years They worship family, not country later, OBC, EBC, Test for Oppn unity, BJP strength in UP today AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE No longer sea-blind BY C RAJA MOHAN Politics is not about hatred; BJP not afraid of Oppn unity: Rajnath Singh LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, MAY 27 AMID THE opposition’s allegations of “fear and insecurity” in the country under the Narendra Modi-led government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said politics should not be done by “breakingsocietyintopiecesand creatinghatred”.Singhhasurged “all those who are indulging in such politics” to introspect, and saidthattheBJP-ledNDAgovernment has followed a policy of “justice to all and appeasement of none” in the last four years. The Home Minister spoke to The Indian Express on the day the Modigovernmentcompletedfour years.Helistedtheachievements of the government, and said that the opposition parties were getting together as they “need each other’ssupport”,buttheBJP“isnot scared”.Goodgovernancewould prevailovercasteequationsinthe elections of 2019, Singh, a former presidentof theBJPandoneof its most senior leaders, said. The Home Minister denied that the BJP-led government was indulging in the “politics of hatred”. “You may have seen there is anincreaseinsuchincidentsand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INTERVIEW PAGE 3 VIRTUALLY PICKING up from where he had left off in Cuttack a day earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted a scathing attack on the Congress Sunday,sayingthepartythathas “worshipped only one family cannot worship democracy”. “Unke liye unka parivaar hi desh hai, aur mere liye desh hi meraparivaarhai(Forthemtheir family is their country, while for me the country is my family), Modi said in Baghpat in western UttarPradesh,whereheinaugurated the 135-km greenfield Eastern Peripheral Expressway. The Congress, Modi said, had no faith in democracy and constitutional institutions, referring to the move to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India. “We have recently seen how they put the faith in the country’s highest court in danger. The country has seen that they have suspected the Election Commission, EVMs, the even the RBI and its policy,” he said. On what was the first day of the final year of his government, LALMANI VERMA thePrimeMinisterseemedtobe firmly in election campaign mode, listing the achievements of his government. “You can gauge the speed of our government’s work by this: in 10 years, the Congress could connect only 59 panchayats with optic fibre network. We have connected 1 lakh panchayats in just four years,” he said. The Congress, he said, had lost its bearings seeing this kind of development work. Modi said the people should assess carefully the kind of people that are there on both sides of the political divide, in an apparent reference to a united opposition against the BJP. “You must see carefully what kind of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Baghpat, BJP songs set 2019 tone: Lion vs jackals AVISHEK G DASTIDAR BAGHPAT, MAY 27 AUNITEDOppositionis“unityof destruction”,a“marriageamong thieves”. Numerous songs on themes such as these set the tone in UP’s Baghpat Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and other BJP leaders converged to declare open the Eastern Peripheral Expressway. With a day to go for bypolls across the country, including in Kairana about an hour away, these songs also gave a glimpse into how the emerging unity in Opposition ranks might be used in the BJP’s campaign for the 2019 general elections. “Yeh bandhan toh naash ka bandhan hai, choron ka sangam hai,” went one song. Describing the Opposition alliance as one made of disparate entities — “Kahin ka eit kahin ka rora, Bhanumati ne jaise kunba ho joda” — another song tried to illustrate how inorganic the association is. “Majboori mein yeh gatbandhan banaya hai” (the alliance is a result of compulsion), it said. The songs, all set to popular Bollywood tunes, even borrowed from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s iconic qawwali “Mere rashk-e qamar” to fit in the lines “Mere Modi dear, tu ne angrezon par aisa jadoo chalaya, maza aa gaya” (My dear Modi, you have castsuchaspellontheEnglish,it made us happy). The song was abouthowtheBJPisfullof tigers, while Modi is a lion. Poking fun at the Congress, BSP’s Mayawati and the Samajwadi Party, the lyrics claimed that those who could not do any development in 70 yearswouldnotbeabletodoany now. “Sher ko harane ke liye geedad ek-jut ho rahe hain (The jackals have come together to defeat a lion),” went another song. The songs were performed by Santram Banjara, his daughter Chanchal and their group, all regulars at BJP events in this region, with party workers joining in at Baghpat. The Opposition alliance NEW DELHI, MAY 27 FIVE INTERNATIONAL cricketers — two from Australia and three from England — were allegedly involved in spot-fixing in Test matchesinvolvingIndia,according to a purported sting operation conducted by Al Jazeera. The Doha-based news channel did not identify the five players but said their names have been forwarded to the ICC, which has launched an inquiry. Overall, three Test matches involving India were tainted by spot-fixing, claimed the channel which broadcast the results of the purported sting in the form of a 51-minute documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’. These Tests were identified bythechannel’sinvestigativereporterDavidHarrison,whocon- Former Pakistan player Hasan Raza (left) and ex-Mumbai Ranji player Robin Morris in the Al Jazeera documentary ducted the purported sting, as the England Test in Chennai (December 16-20, 2016), the Australia Test in Ranchi (March 16-20, 2017) and the Sri Lanka Test in Galle (July 26-29, 2017). No Indian international has been mentioned in the documentary.Butthepurportedsting shows former Mumbai Ranji cricketer Robin Morris, former Pakistan international Hasan Raza,aDubai-basedIndianbusinessman Gaurav Rajkumar, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD USWARSHIPS NEARISLANDS ONSOUTH CHINASEA ON APRIL 6, marking two years since he introduced prohibition in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that “it’s the poor people from the SC, ST and OBC class who have been benefitted the most”. But figures compiled by jail officials show that these same groups — among the state’s weakest and the marginalised — also faced the brunt of the government’s crackdown. Their share of inmate populationintheeightcentral,32district and 17 sub jails across Bihar, after they were arrested for violating prohibition laws since April 2016, far outstrips their share in the state’s population, according to the figures that were accessed by The Indian Express. Scheduled Castes, for example, account for 27.1 per cent of arrests while their share in population is just 16 per cent. Scheduled Tribes make up 6.8 per cent of those arrested but formonly1.3percentof thepopulation. And the OBC share is 34.4 per cent of the arrests, and 25percentof Bihar’spopulation. A senior jail official told The GUWAHATI, MAY 27 THE DAY after he retired, Assam DGPMukeshSahaywentbackto school. Sahay, who has been in the police force for 34 years, is now a fulltime Mathematics teacher at the Sonaram Higher Secondary School in Guwahati’s Bharalumukh area. Sahay was DGP till April 30. But the seeds of his new career was sown in 2016 when Sahay visited the school as the guest of honour for a tree plantation programme. “I happened to tell him that we were in need of a Maths teacher,” says Dwinjendra Nath Barthakur, principal, Sonaram Higher Secondary School. The school, EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org established in 1894, counts former Assam Chief Minister Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi and eminent literary figure Hemchandra Goswami among their former headmasters. However, despite being one of the oldest and the most reputed schools in Assam, the students have managed without a fulltime Maths teacher since 2016. “Even though I teach Chemistry, I would pitch in and Former Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay at Guwahati’s Sonaram Higher Secondary School. Express teach them Maths. So did the Statistics teacher,” says Borthakur, “And that is how we managed for two years.” Sahay expressed an interest in the job the moment he heard THE FALLOUT PART I INSIDE ● DEMONETISATION: NITISH KUMAR SLAMS ROLE OF BANKS, PAGE 4 IndianExpressthat“80percent” of those who have been held in hisjailoverthelasttwoyearsunder the new law were “regular users or alcoholics”. Former inmatesandsocialactivistsalleged thatthegovernmentcrackdown has not targetted the big fish “who run liquor mafias across the state”. The Indian Express accessed detailed records (see box) of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHAT NUMBERS SHOW: OBC, SC, ST FACE HEAT POPULATION ARRESTS: 2016-2018 10,38,04,637 1,22,392 34.4% 25% 14.4% 12.5% 27.1% 26% 19.2% 16% 1.3% NORTH KOREANS ARE COMMITTED TO SUMMIT, DENUCLEARISATION, SAYS SOUTH other men allegedly tied to wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahimtalkingaboutwaystofix matches and doctor pitches. Morris and Raza, who famously made his international debut as a batsman at the age of 14, played T20 cricket together forMumbaiChampsinthenowdefunct Indian Cricket League. Morris had denied any wrongdoingwhenhisnamewas linked to fixing in a teaser releasedbyAlJazeeraSaturday.On Sunday,theBCCIsaiditsanti-corruption unit is “working closely” with the ICC on the channel’s claims. “The BCCI has a zero-tolerance approach to any activity or act that brings the game of cricket to disrepute or mars the integrity of the game,” it said. The purported sting also shows the alleged involvement of Galle stadium curator CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASSAM’S EX-TOP POLICE OFFICER IS TEACHING CHILDREN A LESSON — IN SCHOOL TRACKING CHANGE» BIHAR Share in population vs share in arrests ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TORA AGARWALA PROHIBITION IN SANTOSH SINGH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 Australia cricketers, 3 from England involved in fixing in India: Al Jazeera sting EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Monday’svoteforthevacantLok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh will test the potential of a united opposition in the state that the BJP swept in 2014 and 2017. The Lok Sabha byelection in Kairana — and the Assembly byelection in Noorpur in Bijnor district, which too, is scheduled for Monday — is a prestige battle for the BJP afterthedefeatsatthehandsof the SP-BSP alliance in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March. In Kairana, Tabassum Begum of Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is contesting against the BJP’sMrigankaSingh,thedaughter of the late BJP leader Hukum Singh, whose death in February has necessitated the byelection. Tabassum Begum has the 6 In 3 jail circles with 67% arrests, their share is far more inside than outside PATNA, MAY 27 NEW DELHI, MAY 27 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at their roadshow i n New Delhi, Sunday. Renuka Puri SC, ST face brunt of this requirement. “He even asked me to send him textbooks,” says Borthakur. This was inAugust2017.Thisyear,theday after he retired, May 1, Sahay calledtheprincipal.OnMay7,he began his new career. “I have never worked as a teacher before but I am a certified police trainer and that helps,”saysSahay,whowasborn into an economically disadvantaged family in Bihar. “I used to workasapart-timetutortosupplement my income in my younger days,” he says. Sahaynowteacheseveryday of the week, holding one-hour lessons on Calculus. “The new Class XI batch will join a couple of months later, and perhaps I will begin to teach two lessons CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur 6.8% ST SC OBC EBC Gen Gen:Generalcategory(uppercaste),OBC:OtherBackwardClasses, EBC:ExtremelyBackwardClasses,SC:ScheduledCaste,ScheduledTribe Source: Census 2011, jail survey of arrests from April 2016 to March 2018
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