eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY JUNE24,2018 Drawing from the Margins 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 10-11 One of the first Indian artists to come out of the closet, Bhupen Khakhar’s art was informed by radicalism. As his genius finds a market, a look at his legacy Inside the ghost villages An Uttarakhand panel has submitted a report on “bhootiya villages” in the state. Here’s why its people moved out SYAMA PRASAD MOOKERJEE RALLY Shah: Mehbooba govt discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 Alleges ideology of Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz similar to LeT’s, Congress hits back ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, JUNE 23 FOUR DAYS after the BJP walked out of the alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shahaccusedthegovernmentof former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of “discriminating” against Jammu and Ladakh, and alleged that her and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah’sfamilieshadaccumulated wealth at the cost of the state’s people. Their “personal wealth” equals that of “the entire state”, the BJP president said in Jammu, while addressing a rally to commemorate the “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. He also attacked the Congress and its senior leaders GhulamNabiAzadandSaifuddin Soz for allegedly echoing the line of the Lashkar-e-Taiba in Jammu and Kashmir. During the time the BJP was inacoalitionwiththePDP,Prime MinisterNarendraModihadvisitedthestateoveradozentimes, and the Centre had given it an economic package of Rs 80,000 crore,Shahsaid.Buteventhough Amit Shah and J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina in Jammu on Saturday. PTI New panel to weigh MP’s claim to GI basmati tag Police said Hapur lynching was not related to cows, new video suggests otherwise ADITIVATSA NOIDA, JUNE 23 A HAND grips his torn, bloodstained kurta, while two others holdhim.Heidentifieshimselfas Samiuddin and shakes his head when he is accused of trying to slaughtercows.Heisthenthreatened with dire consequences if he does not speak the truth. “We are not slaughtering them,” he says only to have his beard grabbed and pulled. He is then slapped across his face and hit in the abdomen. Thisiswhatasecondvideoof the Hapur lynching on June 18 — the incident left a cattle trader, Qasim,deadandSamiuddincritically injured — shows. The minute-long video surfaced on social media Saturday and contradicts the Hapur Police claim that the lynching was not connectedtocowsorcattle.Sofar,police have insisted that the lynching was the fallout of a road rage incident. Asked about the new video, Hapur Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma said: “We are tryingtochecktheauthenticityof thevideosandoncetheyareverified,wewillmakethemapartof our investigation. The FIR has beenfiledonthebasisofthecomplaint that we had received from the victim, Samiuddin’s younger brother Yasin.” The new video comes a day afterthefamiliesofthevictimsalleged that the FIR was not registered “as per our choice”. According to the FIR, Qasim and Samiuddin were hit by a motorcycle and a scuffle had ensued, whichledtotheattackonthetwo men. The Indian Express had reportedonJune19thatnomotorcyclewasrecoveredbythepolice from the scene of the crime and that families of the victims and two men arrested had said that the lynching stemmed from a “cow-relatedmatter”.Thereport also mentioned that a local, SudhirRana,wasaskedbypolice to shelter two cows and a calf for one day immediately after the lynching. Sharma said the FIR was only the start of the investigation. “They have been lodged under the strictest possible sections of the IPC for murder, attempt to murderandrioting.TheFIRisjust the start of the investigation, as moredevelopmentintheinvestigation takes place, the necessary sections will be included. Two people have been arrested so far andeffortstoarresttheothersare underway. More people have been identified,” he said. Policehavearrestedtwomen Yudhishtir Singh and Rakesh Sisodia from Baghera Khurd village. The new video starts with a question: “What is your name?” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 the BJP had “repeatedly exerted pressure for equitable development (of the state), that dream did not come true”, he said. Also, “peacecouldnotberestored,and a time came when (Army) Rifleman Aurangzeb and (Rising Kashmir) editor Shujaat Bukhari werebrutallykilledbyterrorists.” Shah alleged that “while on the one hand pressure groups did not allow the government to function, on the other, discrimination continued with Jammu and Ladakh in matters of development”.Theprojectsmeantfor these regions were not implemented on the ground by the state government, he said. “Woh sarkar kaise chal sakti hai jismey Aurangzeb ko ghar se agwa kar ke maar diya jaye... ek editor ko agwa kar ke mar diya jaye (How can a government on whose watch Aurangzeb and an editor are killed, continue?),” he asked. “Woh sarkar kaise chal sakti hai jo Jammu aur Ladakh ka development na hone de (How can a government that does not allow the development of Jammu and Ladakh, continue)?” Modi, Shah said, had tried to do in four years what successive governments could not do in 70. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHOWING THE DOOR ● MODI HAILS MOOKERJEE, SAYS CONG IGNORED HIM ● ARMY CHIEF REVIEWS J&K SECURITY PAGE 5 VELIAGARAM GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL HARISHDAMODARAN Most students at this Tamil Nadu school are children of labourers. Arun Janardhanan Why they cried over Sir: ‘English is key... He has to be here forever’ ARUNJANARDHANAN VELIAGARAM (THIRUVALLUR), JUNE 23 KARTHICK, 13, short and unusually lean, wants to be a singer. K Kavya, 14 and in Class 9, hopes to become a tehsildar. Anu Ezhumalai, a year senior, has no seriousplansyet,buthermother, a farm labourer who cleans the village’swatertanks,wantsherto become a teacher or a doctor. For the three students of Veliagaram government high school, the road between their goals and their small village, located on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, is long. But one man was supposed to lead them there: their English teacher, G Bhagawan. On Wednesday, Karthick, Kavya and Anu were among the students of the school who wailed, hugged and hung on to Bhagawan, refusing to let him leave, as news broke that the 28year-old had been transferred to anotherschoolinTiruttani,about 40 km away. As their parents approached the local MLA to stop thetransfer,thevisualsofthecrying students and Bhagawan breakingdownwentviral.Singer ARRahmantweetedonthematter, and was retweeted by thousands,whileMDMKleaderVaiko reachedouttoBhagawan“toconsole and wish him the best”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CBDT to EC: Don’t make scrutiny of MP, MLA assets public RITIKACHOPRA NEWDELHI,JUNE23 THE CENTRAL Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT)islearnttohavetold the Election Commission (EC) that the scrutiny of assets declared by lawmakers in their poll affidavits cannot be disclosed to the public. The Commission, in letters written to CBDT in November PENDING A final agreement on apre-pollallianceandseat-sharing, the SP and BSP have entered into an informal understanding to not poach on each other’s ranks. Sources in both parties said the SP will not take in any BSP rebel and the BSP will, likewise, not induct any SP rebel. While neither party has issued a written directive in this regard, seniorleadersof bothpartiesdescribed the informal understanding as a trust-building exercise to ensure that their alliance—seeninbyelectionsfor the Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana Lok Sabha seats and the Noorpur Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh — remains intact for the 2019 elections. SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said no BSP leader had joined his party in the last two months. “Since SP and BSP haveinprincipledecidedtoform anallianceagainsttheBJPforthe LokSabhaelections,theworkers and leaders of both parties have already stopped switching sides,” Chaudhary said. Leaders from the two parties who were planning to join any thirdparty,too,hadchangedtheir minds after the SP and BSP announced their alliance, he claimed.AseniorBSPleaderconfirmed Chaudhary’s statement. “Thelasttimesomeonefromthe SPjoinedtheBSPwasalmosttwo months ago, when a former SP candidatejoinedtheBSPinAgra,” the leader said. “Itisobviousthatanyonewho quitstheBSPtojoinuswillmake statements against the BSP leadership. We do not think that eitherof ourpartiescanstandwith a person who speaks against the other.Itisnaturalgoodwillonour part, and we expect the same goodwillfromtheBSPtoo,”asenior SP leader said. The “most importantthing”,thisSPleadersaid, “is that the SP has decided that it will not approach any BSP leader becauseheappearstobeastrong candidate”. The idea, the leader said, was to make the alliance stronger. A senior BSP leader said that although Mayawati had issued no specific instructions yet, she was not expected to encourage any SP rebel. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jharkhand women were gangraped to teach them a lesson, 3 held: police NEWDELHI,JUNE23 THE TUSSLE over Madhya Pradesh’sseekinggeographicalindication (GI) certification for basmatipaddygrowninthestatehas takenanewturn.Acommitteeof agriculturalscientistshasbeenset upunderRRHanchinal,aformer chairperson of the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority, to study the claims of Madhya Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations. This is the second such committee set up by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)withinthreemonths,onan issue that has taken on political overtones with elections in MP slated in November-December. The earlier panel, constituted in April, was headed by Punjab Agricultural University ViceChancellor B S Dhillon, and includedbasmatibreederssuchasV P Singh (developer of the blockbuster Pusa-1121 variety), DVS Panwar (HBC-19 or Taraori basmati), B Mishra (CSR-30) and A K Singh (Pusa-1509), besides D K Mishra, the director of farms CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No-poaching pact as SP and BSP seek to build trust for 2019 2017 and April this year, had sought clarification on whether the poll panel could allow the public to access reports on the verification of election affidavits bytheDirectorGeneralofIncome Tax (Investigation) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. TheEC,TheIndianExpresshas learnt, is of the view that since a verificationreportisnotaninvestigation report, its disclosure should not be restricted under Section 24 of the RTI Act, which exempts certain organisations from being covered under this law. This includes the Director General of Income Tax (DGIT). The Commission has further argued that such disclosures are in the interest of voters and will empoweraggrievedorinterested persons (such as losing candidates)tofileacomplaintoranFIR againsttheelectedlawmakerunder Section 125A of the Representationof thePeopleAct, 1951forprovidingfalseinformation in the election affidavit. But in its response sent last month, the CBDT has told the EC thatdisclosingtheverificationreport is not “feasible” since it would be in contravention of Section138oftheIncomeTaxAct. Section 138 prescribes a generalprohibitiononfurnishingany information with regard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRASHANT PANDEY RANCHI, KHUNTI, JUNE 23 THE JHARKHAND Police Saturdayarrestedtwoof sixmen allegedly involved in the abductionandgangrapeof fivewomen last week in Khunti district of Jharkhand. Police said the accused had inserted a gun and a piece of wood in the private parts of at least two women and that the entire incident was filmed on mobile phones. Police also said that a member of the management committee of the school, from where the women were abducted, was arrested as he did not try and stop the abduction of the women or inform the police. The five women were part of atroupethatwastostageastreet play against human trafficking in Kochang. According to the police, the crime was pre-planned and carried out with “an intention of vengeance and to teach the victimsalesson”.Theaccusedwere allegedly Patthalgarhi supporters and members of the Maoist splinter group, People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), saidpolice.Accordingtosources, JohanJonasTidu,theallegedsecond-in-command of the Patthalgarhi movement in the region, planned the abduction. Additional Director General (Operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson R K Mullik said:“Wehavearrestedtwopersons for the alleged crime of rape. The Father of the school from where the girls were abducted has also been arrested. The women were later raped nearlyeightkmawayinaforest.” Thearrestedschool management member has been identified as Father Alphons Aind, a member of the management committee of the R C Mission Schoolof Kochangvillage,which has around 900 students. Basil Kido, Secretary, All Churches Committee, said he was not in a position to comment on the developments as he was not aware of the issue. He also said that he has not been in touch with office-bearers in Khunti. “The Father told them (accused) that they were nuns and asked the men to leave them. He even asked the five women to go with the accused, assuring them that nothing would happen to them.Theaccusedthenleftwith the women and male members (of the troupe) to the forest of Chhota Uli, about 8 km from the school,” said Mullik. Aseniorpoliceofficerconfirmedthatthesexualassaultwasbrutalandthatthe accused had inserted foreign objects,likeapieceofwoodandeven a gun, in the private parts of at least two women. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Assam’s growing man-elephant conflict, they all blame ‘Laden’ ABHISHEK SAHA RONGJULI (GOALPARA), JUNE 23 AROUND 3.30 am on June 1, at village Patpara Pahartoli, adjacent to a forest area in Assam’s Goalpara district, Manoj Hajong (25) and his brother Bidyadhar Hajong (28) were woken up by shouts that there was an elephant outside their hut. The Hajong brothers rushed outside to see a lone elephant, about 9 feet in height and without a tusk, walking away after eating the rice crop kept in the verandah of the hut. Manoj,adriverbyprofession, sprinted behind the elephant to chase it away, Bidyadhar on his toes. At the same time, three young neighbours of the Hajongs — armed with sticks which held lit jute twines — ran towards the elephant from the other side. Trapped, the furious elephant turned, let out a cry and sprang towards Manoj. It threw Manoj to the ground, crushed him and went off towards the forest. Bidyadhar ran out of its way. “I saw Manoj die... what could I do? It was ‘Laden’. Had I tried to do anything which offended the giant, I would not have been alive today. We call it A file photo of the tusker, which inhabits Goalpara forests, and is named ‘Laden’ for “leaving people paralysed in fear” ‘Laden’becausepeoplegetparalysed with fear when they see him attacking,” says Bidyadhar, a farmer in his 30s. The elephant he is talking about is around the same age, andGoalparadistrict’sonlyloner elephant.Overtwoyearsandthe 300 sq km of forest area he is rumoured to operate in, ‘Laden’ is accused of killing several people and damaging huts. Villagers in the affected areas do not know much about Osama bin Laden or al-Qaeda. What they do know is that‘Laden’standsfor“someone who scares”. Since 2016, Goalpara district officials have attributed 20-25 deaths to elephant trampling. This year, they have listed eight. Every other day in the past few weeks, ‘Laden’ has hit the headlines in the local press for his “atrocities”. But several forest and district administration officials as well asexpertssayitisunlikey‘Laden’ is responsible for all he is accusedof.“Nodoubtthiselephant has killed people, but so have elephantsinherds.Heistargeted by public because his atrocities are prominent,” says Goalpara Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) A Goswami. Officials name two deaths this year in Goalpara for example — of Tilottoma Nath (50) and Satish Rabha (55) — as not caused by ‘Laden’, unlike what was reported by the local press. Goalpara has around 103 reserve forests, covering 20 per cent of the district’s land mass. Approximately 42 wild ele- phantsareknowntoliveinthese forests, divided into two major herds. Due to anti-elephant barricading in the nearby Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, the area of movement of these elephants has become restricted, increasing the chances of man-animal conflict. Assam itself has been struggling to contain cases of elephants coming into clash with humans, for reasons such as degradation of elephant habitats,infrastructuredevelopment, blocking of traditional elephant corridors and expansion of human settlements. Conservationists say 24-odd people have been killed in the state so far in 2018. On Friday, a woman was trampled to death in Nagaon district. “While moving from one reserve forest to another, elephant herds have to cross villages. The forest is not continuous,” points out DFO Goswami about Goalpara, adding that elephants often land up in paddy or jackfruit fields. Forest officials and guards in the Rongjuli forest range say the reaction of villagers to the sight of any wild elephant further ends up enraging the animal. “They will make hulla (noise). People will flash torchlights at the elephant and try to poke it with sharp objects. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.