LATECITY, 18 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE LYNCHING DEATHS Mob violence is a crime whatever the motive, states should crack down: SC Whoever they are, they can’t take the law into their hands, says CJI’s bench EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 6 INTERVIEW With ARUN SHOURIE ‘TIME TO FOCUS ON WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW IN J&K’ NEW DELHI, JULY 3 TAKING SERIOUS note of lynchings and mob violence, the Supreme Court on Tuesday put the onus on the states to check such incidents. Saying it would “not confine these incidents to any particular motive”, the court said “this is mob violence, which is a crime”. “We do not want lynchings. We do not want mob violence. We want to protect victims,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The court was hearing a batch of petitions seeking its directions for curbing violence by cow vigilantes. “Whoever they are, they can’t Rumour ki Baat Govt tells WhatsApp to act, will meet social media platforms Will help if PM lends his weight to the cause KARISHMA MEHROTRA THE EDITORIAL PAGE 8 NEW DELHI, JULY 3 10 EXPLAINED Why a rumour loves WhatsApp CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN THE wake of recent mob violence across the country fuelled by rumours of child lifters on social media platforms like WhatsApp, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sent a letter to the WhatsApp senior management, urging action against misinformation circulat- Prasad takes note, WhatsApp says need to collaborate ing on its platform in India. The initiative — which comes as IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad takes notice of the recent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PART II BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY In Gujarat, top Cong man joins BJP and vice versa SANDEEP DWIVEDI NEW DELHI, JULY 3 A DAY after television news channel owner Rajat Sharma’s panel swept the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) polls, chairman of the Supreme Courtappointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, Tuesday warned that the election results could be annulled because of ethical and constitutional inadequacies. Rai told The Indian Express, “Since these DDCA elections took place without a constitution that is endorsed by the Supreme Court, it can get annulled at a later date.” The former CAG, along with former India cricketer Diana Eduljee, was appointed by the SC to implement the Justice RM Lodha recommendations. He also pointed to the DDCA’s failure in putting in place the Supreme Court-advocated checks and balances to avert possible conflict of interest situations. Cong’s working chief Bavaliya made minister; BJP leader returns to Cong Hatred for Modi is sole Oppn glue, says PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 3 DISMISSING OPPOSITIONmoves to put up a united front against the BJP as one “not motivated by national good” but for “personal survival and power politics”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the “Grand Alliance” is merely a “grand race” by his rivals to become Prime Minister. “Hatred for Modi is the sole gluing force for the Opposition,” Modi said in an interview with Swarajya magazine. Any comparison between the Opposition parties uniting against the then ruling Congress in 1977 and 1989 to the present move, he said, is “flawed”. The “common motive of the alliance was to protect our democracy that was under great threat due to the Emergency. In 1989, the record-breaking corruption of Bofors had hurt the entire nation,” he said. “Today, these alliances are not motivated by national good but they are about personal survival and power politics. They have no agenda except to remove Modi... In the Opposition, there is no Grand Alliance, there is just a grand race to be Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi says he is ready to be Prime Minister but TMC does not agree. Mamataji (West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) wants to be PM but the Left has a problem. SP thinks their leader, more than anyone else, deserves to be PM. The whole focus is power politics, not people’s progress,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kunwarji Bavaliya taking oath of office Tuesday. Express GOPAL KATESHIYA & PARIMAL DABHI RAJKOT, GANDHINAGAR, JULY 3 STUNNING THE Congress, its Gujarat unit working president Kunwarji Bavaliya quit the party Tuesday to join the BJP which, within hours, made him a cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani government. Bavaliya’s decision to resign as MLA from Jasdan in Rajkot and cross over to the BJP is considered a setback for the Congress since he is also president of the Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj, and Kolis constitute a sizeable chunk of the OBC votebase. The BJP moved swiftly to give pride of place to 63-year-old Bavaliya — the ailing Parshottam Solanki, minister of state for fisheries, has been its only Koli face. Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda said the party had done all it could for Bavaliya but the “temptation of a ministerial berth” made the MLA join the BJP. Bavaliya, he said, had “betrayed the trust of the people’’ and “people will respond by defeating him in the Jasdan bypoll’’. In a counter move, the Congress welcomed back to its fold Bholabhai Gohel who had joined the BJP last year after the Rajya Sabha elections in the state. The Congress said Gohel will be fielded against Bavaliya when- 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE GUJARAT PAGE 3 ● CONG NAMES GOHEL AS ITS CANDIDATE FOR JASDAN BYPOLL 11 ● BJP KOLI LEADER REMINDS PARTY: SOLANKI’S CABINET STATUS STILL PENDING ever the Jasdan bypoll is held. A former Congress MLA from Jasdan, Gohel was a trusted aide of Bavaliya but they parted ways during the Rajya Sabha elections when he voted against Congress candidate Ahmed Patel — the votes of Gohel and another Congress MLA, Raghavji Patel, were invalidated by the Election Commission because they allegedly showed their ballot to BJP poll agents. Ahmed Patel went on to win the election and Bavaliya called Gohel a “traitor’’. But Gohel soon regretted his decision to join the BJP. He was not given a ticket in the 2017 assembly elections which saw Bavaliya being elected from Jasdan. At the BJP office Tuesday, Bavaliya slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi: “I have been watching the way Rahul CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Worse than UGC BY SATISH DESHPANDE Delhi cricket polls may be invalidated, violations under scrutiny: Vinod Rai WORLD AT 14,500 FEET Pilgrims on way to Mahagun’s Top, highest point on Amarnath Yatra route. Praveen Khanna P 7 SC checks govt: Pick DGP from state names shortlisted by UPSC ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 3 ORDERING A slew of measures to push police reforms, the Supreme Court Tuesday directed states to notify the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at least three months before the post of Director General of Police falls vacant and appoint one from a panel of officers drawn up by the commission. This is intended to check the practice by ruling parties to name their favourites to the top post. “All the states shall send their proposals in anticipation ofthe vacancies to the Union Public Service Commission, well in time, at least three months prior to the date of retirement of the incumbent on the post of Director General of Police; the Union Public Service Commission shall prepare the panel as per the directions of this court in the judgment in Prakash Singh’s case... and intimate to the states. The state shall immediately appoint one of the persons from the panel prepared by the Union Public Service Commission,” a bench ofChiefJustice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud ordered. The bench also restrained states from appointing any acting DGP, saying there was no such concept in its 2006 judgment to usher in police reforms. “None of the states shall ever conceive the idea of appointing any person on the post ofDirector General of Police on acting basis for there is no concept of acting Director General of Police as per the decision in Prakash Singh’s case,” the judges ruled. The court directed that all concerned must make the endeavour to see that the person appointed as DGP continues despite his date ofsuperannuation. “However, the extended term beyond the date of superannuation should be a reasonable period,” it said. The judges said any rule or state law or central law running counter to its direction “shall remain in abeyance”. They, however, granted liberty to states which have made laws on police appointments to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rai raises questions after Sharma is elected “There are very strict conflict of interest norms laid down by the Lodha committee. The ombudsman and an ethics officer ensure that conflict of interest norms are not attracted adversely. These elections took place without the scrutiny of an ombudsman or an ethics officer, so there remains a question mark over the qualification of candidates to fight elections,” he said. Incidentally, the DDCA election was held under the watch of the High Court-appointed administrator, Justice Vikramajit Sen, who took charge at Feroz Shah Kotla after an audit report CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THAILAND WORKS ON RESCUE PLAN AFTER MISSING 13 TRACED Chant Vedic mantra to get a better crop: Goa govt scheme for farmers SMITA NAIR PANJIM, JULY 3 A “VEDIC” technique which requires a farmer to sit, meditate and channel “cosmic energy” by chanting “Om rom jum sah” for at least 20 minutes a day for better yields, got the backing of Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Sardesai Tuesday after he inaugurated a pilot project at a field, close to his residence in Fatorda. The project is named “Shiv Yog Cosmic Farming” and is designed by Dr Avadhoot Shivanand, a former chemical engineer turned godman, in Gurgaon through his Shiv Yog Foundation. Sardesai’s wife, Usha is a follower of this foundation and “shakti” videos have gone viral among farmers across the state on social media. Launching the project, Sardesai said: “There is no money involved and, as an agriculture minister, I will explore every method to increase interest in farming. If you convince me a rock show or a beauty contest will also help get people excited about agriculture, I will pull it in the middle of the fields. We need to now look into methods to get everyone interested in farming.” “My wife Usha is a Shiv Yogi and she is the one who has been promoting this philosophy. I was sceptical at first too, but it’s not magic. There are studies backing this method.” In January, Usha, accompanied by the Director ofAgriculture Nelson Figueriedo, attended an hour-long workshop with Dr Shivanand, where they were told of the benefits of “channelling Shakti into the soil”. Figueriedo could not be reached CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR LIVED IN TENT, SOLD PANI PURI, NOW HE PLAYS CRICKET FOR INDIA UNDER-19 DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, JULY 3 FOR THREE years, he lived with groundsmen in the Muslim United Club’s tent at the Azad Maidan ground in Mumbai. He had to after he was thrown out of a dairy shop where he used to sleep. Yashasvi Jaiswal was just 11 years old then and the only thing that kept him going was a dream - play cricket for India. It’s six years later now and Jaiswal is 17 years old, a middle-order batsman with remarkable temperament and is ready to join the India Under- 19 team for the Sri Lanka tour. Mumbai’s Under-19 coach Satish Samant says Jaiswal has “extraordinary game sense and unflappable focus.” The younger of two sons to a small-time shopkeeper in Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal ventured to Mumbai to pursue cricket. His father did not object since he found it hard to feed the family. An uncle, Santosh in Mumbai, had a house in Worli, but it wasn’t big enough for another occupant. Santosh had requested the owners of Muslim United club, where he was a manager if the boy could stay in the tent. “This was after I was asked to leave the diary at Kalbadevi. After the playing cricket the entire day, I would get tired and go to sleep. One day, they threw out my luggage saying I do nothing, don’t help them and only sleep,” says Jaiswal. For three years, that tent became his home. The teenager took pains to ensure that stories of his struggles never reached Bhadohi, as that would end his cricketing career. Occasionally, his father would send some money but that was never enough. He had to sell pani-puri during the Ram Leela in Azad Maidan and help sell fruits. But there were still Yashasvi Jaiswal will be on India’s tour of Sri Lanka days when he would go to sleep on an empty stomach as the groundsmen with whom he shared the tent fought with each other. Without them cooking, he would drift off with just dreams lulling him to sleep. “During Ram Leela, I earned well. I prayed that my teammates would not come there for pani-puri. Sometimes they did and I would feel bad serving them,” he says. He tried his best to keep some money coming in. He would score and play games with older boys to earn Rs 200300 to survive a week. “I always used to see boys my age bringing food or their par- ents had big lunches with them. As for me, it was — khana khud banao, khud khao. (make your own food, eat alone). No breakfast. Catch hold of anyone around and request them to buy breakfast,” he recalls. Lunch and dinner were at the tent and his job was making rotis. “Every night used to be a candlelight dinner. After all, there was no electricity.” The days were fine, he recalls, since he was busy scrounging around for work and cricket, but the nights sometimes were too long. “I would miss my family and would cry. It was not just being homesick but going to the toilet was a hindrance to sleep. There was no toilet at the maidan, and the one near Fashion Street that I used was closed at night,” he says. Mumbai U-19 coach Satish Samant says Jaiswal will be the next big Mumbai player. “He has this ability to read a bowlers mind and adapt to a situation. Most under-19 players get tempted to play too many shots too early. He does not. The other thing is, he does not have a smartphone, is not on WhatsApp. This is rare for a teenage cricketer these days. He is cut off from social media. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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