TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE At Sangh home, Pranab calls RSS founder great son of Mother India No ordinance on atrocity law, hopeful after quota order: Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SHALINI NAIR FORMER PRESIDENT IN NAGPUR Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat by his side, Mukherjee attends RSS event BUSINESS AS USUAL NAGPUR, NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The same odd coalition BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT INSIDE ● GURGAON: HR HEAD OF JAPANESE FIRM SHOT AT, PAGE 4 STUNNING THE Congress, party veteran and former President PranabMukherjeeThursdaydescribed RSS founding SarsanghachalakKeshavBaliram Hedgewar as a “great son of Mother India” when he visited his birthplace in Nagpur. He also warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” will only dilute the country’s existence. “TodayIcameheretopaymy respect and homage to a great sonof MotherIndia,”Mukherjee wrote in the visitor’s book at Hedgewar’s birthplace ahead of his keenly awaited speech at the RSS headquarters. Welcomed by RSS chief MohanBhagwat,Mukherjeehad towalkthroughlanestoreachthe housewhereHedgewarwasborn. He removed his shoes before enteringtheplace.Thosepresentincluded family members of Subhash Chandra Bose — they hadbeeninvitedasspecialguests. Visiting Hedgewar’s birthplacewasnotpartofMukherjee’s scheduled itinerary and an impromptu decision was taken. Later addressing RSS workers, Mukherjee said: “In India, we derive our strength from tolerance, and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity. I am here to share my understanding on nation, nationalism and patriotism about our country which is ‘Bharat’.” BY UNNY CEASEFIRE REVIEW IS ON PranabMukherjeewithMohanBhagwatatRSSfounder KBHedgewar’sbirthplaceinNagpur,Thursday. Monica Chaturvedi RELATED REPORT P2 “Wemustfreeourpublicdiscourse from all kinds of fear and violence,” he added. The former President, who reached Nagpur Wednesday evening, has been invited by the RSS to address its Shiksha Varg and attend a parade by Sangh workers on completion of the training camp. It is an annual training camp, meant for swayamsevaksintheirthirdyear intheorganisation.TheRSSholds training camps for first, second and third-year swayamsevaks. Mukherjee’s decision to attend the RSS event has already triggered a major political slugfest with several Congress leaders criticising his decision. The Congress said images of Mukherjee at the RSS headquarters had “anguished millions” of party workers and those who believe in pluralism and diversity of the republic. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Koregaon Bhima: Minister Athawale slams arrest of Dalit rights activists, says don’t call them Naxalites SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 SPEAKING OUT against the arrests this week in the Bhima Koregaon case in BJP-ruled Maharashtra, NDA ally and Ministerof StateforSocialJustice Ramdas Athawale has said that itisnotrighttoarrestDalitrights activists after labelling them as Naxalists.Instead,saidAthawale, the police should investigate the roleof HindutvaleaderSambhaji Bhideforinstigatingtheviolence against Dalits on January 1. Speaking to The Indian Ramdas Athawale Express, the RPI (A) leader said: “There should have been no arrests of Dalits in the Bhima Koregaonmatter.Itisnotrightto term the Ambedkarite activists asNaxalitessoastotakelegalaction against them.” Athawale said that he would officially discuss the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. “If there has been injustice done to them, I will extend any kind of help that I can,” he said. Maharashtra Police had earlier booked upper-caste leaders Bhide and Milind Ekbote for inciting violence against the Dalits gathered to mark the 200 year anniversary celebration of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon in Pune on January 1 this year. The investigations have now ‘Forcible sex’ in a marriage ground for divorce, rules HC SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, JUNE 7 THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court has held that “forcible sexual intercourse” in a marriage and “adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse” are valid grounds to seek a divorce while allowing a plea filed by a Bathinda woman for dissolution of her marriage. Almost four years after the lower court turned down her plea saying it was for her to establish that her husband had committed oral and unnatural sex against her, and ruling that there was no medical evidence for it, the High Court in the judgment said the nature of allegations was very serious but same cannot be proved by any corroborative evidence as “the acts of sodomy or unnatural sex or oral sex forcibly committed during difficult periods” can neither be witnessed by any other person or proven by medical evidence. “We find that the claim of the appellant has been wrongly rejected. The act of sodomy, forcible sexual intercourse and adoption of unnatural means which are forced upon the other spouse and result in unbearable pain to the extent that Rajnath Singh with J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and kickboxer Tajamul Islam in Srinagar, Thursday. Shuaib Masoodi one is forced to stay away would certainly be a ground to seek separation or decree of divorce,” the division bench of Justices M M S Bedi and Hari Pal Verma said in the judgment passed on June 01. Observing that a court has to be always cautious before accepting such allegations, the division bench said the marriage can be dissolved in case it is established by evidence and circumstances that one of the spouses has indulged in unnatural acts. “It is not that in every case such allegations levelled would be deemed to be true. In the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 changed tracks with the police Wednesday making five arrests of what they term to be “top urban Maoist operatives”. Three of them were prominentDalitrightsactivistsincluding Sudhir Dhawale, the leader of Mumbai-based Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal (RP), Nagpur-based advocate Surendra Gadling, and Delhibased activist Rona Wilson. Two other left leaning leaders — Nagpur University Professor Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 For talks, need right-minded people: Rajnath BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JUNE 7 APPEALING TO stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to “come forward”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said “it is not necessary to be likeminded” to hold talks but it is important to “be right-minded”. Without taking names but alluding to the separatist leaders, Singh, who arrived in Srinagar to review the law and order situation, said they should refrain from misleading the youth into violence. “Do these people want that the children of Jammu and Kashmir play only with fire and stones? They don’t want the sit- uationtochange...letchildrenbe children... Education for your own sons and stones in the hands of the children of other. What kind of justice is this, what kind of humanity is this?” Singh said he could not rule out the possibility of of extending the unilateral ceasefire beyond Ramzan. Responding to queries from reporters, he said: “The suspension of operations is goingon.Wewillsittogether,we willtalktotheChief Minister,we will have a security review. We can’t rule out any possibility. But whatever we do, we will do it aftertalkingtopeopleandreviewing the security situation.” To questions on talks with the Hurriyat, he said: “What I CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHANDIGARH, JUNE 7 WHEN BJP president Amit Shah visitedSADpatriarchandformer Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at the latter’s MLA flat in Chandigarh on Thursday, oneof thedemandsand“suggestions”madebyBadaltohimwas to“dispeltheperceptionof insecurityamongtheminorities”,according to a senior SAD leader who attended the meeting. Shah held a closed-door meeting with Badal and his son and SAD chief Sukhbir Badal for nearlyonehour.Thiswasimmediately followed by another SHAJI VIKRAMAN & GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JUNE 7 7 WORLD AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CEASEFIRE WITH TALIBAN STATE BANK of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar has raised theredflagfroma“systemicrisk pointofview”onfurthermergers byIndia’slargestbank,whichalreadyhas“over20percentmarket share”. In interview to The Indian Express (page 9), Kumar said: Rajnish Kumar at the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai. Ganesh Shirsekar meeting with the top leadership of SADandBJP.Duringthemeeting, Shah asked SAD-BJP leaders to strategise together for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections by formingacoordinationcommittee of leaders of both parties. Shah’s meeting with Badals comes in the backdrop of strained ties of BJP with some of its allies in the recent past. A sectionof SADleadershiphavebeen complaining that the BJP, which came to power in 2014 with an absolute majority, had not been givingduerespecttothealliance partners. SAD had to toil hard whilepressingfordemandtoget GST waiver for langar items, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TENDULKAR JR GETS AN INDIA CAP, FINDS A PLACE IN THE UNDER-19 TEAM TO SRI LANKA DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, JUNE 7 THE TENDULKAR name is back in Indian cricket. It never stopped doing the rounds despite the legendary batsman’s retirement five years ago but this time, it’s Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun, who’s making the headlines. Arjun Tendulkar was named in India’s under-19 cricket team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka starting next month. The 18-year-oldall-rounderhasbeen pickedinthesquadthatwillplay two four-day matches in July. The team will be coached by former India opener W V Raman. The junior national selection committee had picked a group of 25 under-19 cricketers, including Tendulkar Jr, to attending a camp as part of the Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) in Dharamsala. They then played a few matches in Una, which concluded recently. Thoughheisexpectedtoplay a main role for the four-day squad, Arjun failed to find his name in the one-day squad which will play five matches against Sri Lanka. The selection Arjun Tendulkar. PTI committee of former India spinner Aashish Kapoor, Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh met inBengaluruonThursdaywhere the two separate teams were selected for the Sri Lanka tour. Arjun bowls left-arm pace and bowled to the English Test team in the nets last year. He even managed to strike Jonny Bairstow on his toes with what was reportedly a fast yorker. He has also bowled to the Indian Test team during practice sessions at Wankhede Stadium. Arjun picked 19 wickets in theCoochBeharTrophylastyear. Those included two five- A DAY after the Supreme Court ruledthatthegovernment“isnot debarred from making promotions in accordance with law” till it decides petitions before it, the government said this will notonlyensure quotas in proInterim motion for its order will SC/ST employset at rest ees but also alallegations, low all such says Gehlot employees, whose promotions had been reversedinrecentyears,tobereinstated to the posts. ThaawarchandGehlot,Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, said following consultations with the Ministry of Law and Department of Personnel Training on the implications of the Supreme Court ruling, it is clear that “promotion mein reservation ka raasta khul gaya hai”. “Even though this is just an interimorder,andthematterwill be decided by a larger Constitutional Bench, we will immediatelyimplementitsothat reservationcanbemadeapplicabletopromotionsalso.Also,ifany of the promotions granted to SC/STemployeespost1997were CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SBI chairman says bank already big, risky to grow on back of more mergers Badal’s advice to BJP chief Shah: Dispel perception of insecurity among minorities NAVJEEVAN GOPAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 wicket hauls, against Railways under 19 and Madhya Pradesh under 19, respectively. A few months ago, he decided to skip the inaugural T20 Mumbai League. It was the senior Tendulkar’s call since he felt that his son wasn’t yet fully ready to play in a tournament of that stature or nature. The selection committee has pickedDelhiwicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat to lead the junior India team for the four-day matches. Rawat made his first-class debut for Delhi in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy on October 6. Jaipur “SBI has already become big. My view is that from a systemic risk point of view, it won’t be advisable that SBI grows through merger or acquisition. Our normal growth and maintaining of market share is a different matter. You can’t have a banking institution,whichalreadyhasover 20 per cent market share (go for more mergers)... from the risk management perspective also, it’s not good.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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