eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE KOLKATA,LATECITY JUNE24,2018 Drawing from the Margins 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES &ANDAMAN) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 8-9 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 11 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”, New panel to weigh MP’s claim to GI basmati tag 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 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 CBDT to EC: Don’t make scrutiny of MP, MLA assets public VELIAGARAM GOVERNMENT HIGH SCHOOL HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 THE TUSSLE over Madhya Pradesh’s seeking geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in the state has taken a new turn. A committee of agricultural scientists has been set up under R R Hanchinal, a former 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) within three months, on an issue that has taken on political overtones with elections to the MP Assembly slated in November-December. Theearlierpanel,constituted in April, was headed by Punjab Agricultural University ViceChancellor B S Dhillon, and includedbasmati breeders suchas V 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 DKMishra,thedirectorof farms CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 23 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’ ARUN JANARDHANAN 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 serious plans yet, but her mother, a farm labourer who cleans the village’s water tanks, wants her to 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,islong.Butonemanwas supposed to lead them there: their English teacher, G Bhagawan. On Wednesday, Karthick, Kavya and Anu were among thestudentsof theschoolwho wailed,huggedandhungonto Bhagawan, refusing to let him leave, as news broke that the 28-year-old had been transferred to another school in Tiruttani, about 40 km away. As their parents approached thelocalMLAtostopthetransfer, the visuals of the crying students and Bhagawan breaking down went viral. SingerARRahmantweetedon thematter,and wasretweeted by thousands, while MDMK leader Vaiko reached out to Bhagawan “to console and wish him the best”. Karthick and Kavya’s parents are illiterate. Calling Bhagawan, who joined the school four years ago, their “bestteacher”,Karthick,aClass CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Police said Hapur lynching was not related to cows, new video suggests otherwise ADITI VATSA NOIDA, JUNE 23 A HAND grips his torn, bloodstained kurta, while two others hold him. He identifies himself as Samiuddin and shakes his head when he is accused of trying to slaughter cows. He is then threatened with dire conse- 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 6 quences 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. This is what a second video of theHapurlynchingonJune18 —theincidentleftacattletrader, Qasim,deadandSamiuddincritically injured — shows. The minute-long video surfaced on social media Saturday and contradicts the Hapur Police claim that the lynching was not connected to cows or cattle. So far, police have insisted that the lynchingwasthefalloutof aroad rage incident. Asked about the new video, Hapur Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma said: “We are trying to check the authenticity of the videos and once they are verified, we will make them a part of our investigation. The FIR has been filed on the basis of the complaint that we had received CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER LYNCHING PAGE 5 THE CENTRAL Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is learnt to have told 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 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 by the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The EC, The Indian Express has learnt, is of the view that since a verification report is not an investigation 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 empower aggrieved or interested persons (such as losing candidates)tofileacomplaintor an FIR against the elected lawmakerunderSection125Aof the Representationof thePeopleAct, 1951forprovidingfalseinformation in the election affidavit. But in its response sent last month, the CBDT has told the EC that disclosing the verification report is not “feasible” since it would be in contravention of Section 138 of the Income Tax Act. Section 138 prescribes a general prohibition on furnishing any information with regard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As elephants kill in Assam, blame on ‘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 with- out 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 A file photo of the tusker, which inhabits Goalpara forests, and is named ‘Laden’ for “leaving people paralysed in fear” 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 ‘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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No-poaching pact as SP and BSP seek to build trust for 2019 SHOWING THE DOOR ● BJP MLA TALKS OF EDITOR’S KILLING, WARNS JOURNALISTS ● MODI HAILS MOOKERJEE, SAYS CONG IGNORED HIM PAGE 6 15 WORLD 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 Jharkhand women were gangraped to teach them a lesson, 3 held: police PRASHANT PANDEY RANCHI, KHUNTI, JUNE 23 DAYS AFTER SUMMIT, US EXTENDS NORTH KOREA NUKE THREAT ALERT EXPRESS NETWORK ● SCHOOL KILLING: CLASS 10 STUDENT HELD ● TWO DEAD AFTER EATING AT UP PUBLIC FEAST PAGE 5 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 third party, too, had changed their minds after the SP and BSP announced their alliance, he claimed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 tryand 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 Patthalgarhimovementintheregion,hadplannedtheabduction. Additional Director General (Operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson R K Mullik CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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