AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY JULY 29, 2018 22+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 15 ‘NEXT POLL ISN’T ABOUT WHO WILL BE PM... IT IS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF INDIA WE WANT IN FUTURE’ SUGATA BOSE, TMC MP and historian BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 What does it take to be a woman working in Malayalam cinema, where the male stars lay down the terms? A Naya Pakistan? What the Pakistan election results mean — a view from its two bellwether cities Month after report red-flagged abuse at girls’ shelter, Bihar NGO got another govt project SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 28 After Paswan, Athawale seeks Justice Goel’s ouster from NGT ALTHOUGH THE report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), pointing out the alleged sexual exploitation of inmates at the short stay home for girls in Muzaffarpur, was submitted in April, the state social welfare department sanctioned another project to the NGO running the shelter on May 31 — the same day police lodged an FIR against the NGO. While the FIR named 11 people, including Brajesh Thakur, who runs the Muzaffarpurbased NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, it was only after most of them were arrested on June 3 that the social welfare department cancelled the new project — for a beggars’ shelter in Patna. According to documents seen by The Sunday Express, Raj Kumar, the then chief executive officer, State Society for Ultra Poor and Social Welfare, under the social welfare department, on May 31, allotted the beggars’ home project to Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti for a monthly grant of Rs 1 lakh. Three days later, Krishna Kumar Sinha, senior administrative officer with the State Society CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sexual abuse at 6 homes, physical violence at 14: Report to Bihar govt SANTOSH SINGH MUZAFFARPUR, PATNA, JULY 28 Outside the girls’ shelter in Muzaffarpur. Santosh Singh CITING SEXUAL exploitation at six short stay homes, physical abuse at 14 shelters, bathrooms with no latches, and inmates being “always locked up”, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), in its report to the Bihar govern- ment, said abuse is “prevalent in almost all institutions”. The state social welfare department had asked TISS to carry out a social audit of these shelters last August. Based on the report, which was submitted in April, the government has lodged cases against some of the shelters. In a chapter titled “Grave Concerns”, the report, seen by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ROADMAP IN RUN-UP TO 2019 SP to all its leaders: Give feedback on poll alliances Party hands over forms at national executive meet, seeks written views LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, JULY 28 LALMANI VERMA New Panjab University V-C on editorial board of 2 predatory journals NEW DELHI, JULY 28 AFTER RAM Vilas Paswan, another Union Minister has demanded the removal of Justice (retd) A K Goel from the post of National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson. In a statement on Saturday, Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and president of the Republican Party ofIndia, said there was resentment among Dalits regarding Justice Goel’s appointment and he should be “immediately removed”. Justice Goel was one of two judges on a Supreme Court bench — the other being Justice U U Lalit — which, on March 20, laid down stringent safeguards, including provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary enquiry” before registration of a case under the SC/ ST Act. He was appointed NGT chairperson earlier this month, immediately after his retirement from the Supreme Court. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OINDRILA MUKHERJEE CHANDIGARH, JULY 28 KARUNANIDHI IN HOSPITAL DMK spokesperson Tamilan Prasanna outside M Karunanidhi’s residence in Chennai on Saturday. Karunanidhi is reported to be stable. Arun Janardhanan REPORT, PAGE 8 THE NEW vice-chancellor of Panjab University, Dr Raj Kumar, features on the editorial board of at least two publications that figure on an international list of “predatory journals” published by a former librarian from Denver that led to a worldwide investigation by 23 media organisations, including The Indian Express, on pay-and-publish research paper shops. Kumar took over as vice chancellor on July 23 from Dr Arun Kumar Grover. He was earlier dean and head of the Institute of Management Studies at Banaras Hindu University. The 59-year-old Kumar, Bullet train’s first impact: From MD to staff, all in race to learn Japanese TRAI chairman tweets Aadhaar number, with a challenge Mamata’s St Stephen’s event scrapped after minister pressure: TMC AVISHEK G DASTIDAR PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JULY 28 NEW DELHI, JULY 28 ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL & ARANYA SHANKAR IN AN unusual move that outlined the SP’s roadmap for the months leading to the 2019 elections, its national president Akhilesh Yadav asked the party’s top leadership to submit written feedback on forming alliances with other parties in UP and other states. Top party sources told The Sunday Express that the party asked leaders who attended a meeting of its national executive committee in Lucknow Saturday The Express investigation report on July 19 whose CV on the BHU “core faculty” site says he has 35 years of teaching and research experience, is named on the editorial board of International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences (IJEMS) and International Journal in Management and Social Science CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 13 Modi with Adityanath in Lucknow on Friday. MAULSHREE SETH “O genki desu ka? O hai yo go zai masu.” THIS IS how architects of India’s first bullet train project are greeting each other these days — in Japanese — to say “how are you?” and “good morning.” It’s a race to learn Japanese for every employee of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) as they work towards rolling out the Shinkansen — the high speed rail system — from Japan. Every alternate day of the week, for an hour, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, all Indian officials involved in the Mumbai- Indian officials take classes every alternate day Ahmedabad bullet train project sit together with books before a professional language teacher to learn the ninth most-spoken tongue in the world, considered one of the toughest to master. The students range from the managing director to office staff in the headquarters. Those CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TELECOM REGULATORY Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R S Sharma on Saturday tweeted his Aadhaar number, with the “challenge” to show how the knowledge of the 12-digit number could be misused to R S Sharma “harm” him. Responding to his challenge, Twitter users posted his cellphone number, residential address and other personal details. However, Sharma said these details do not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE TRINAMOOL Congress claimed Saturday that an event at St Stephen’s College, where the party’s president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was invited to speak, has been cancelled due to “pressure from a Union minister”. Banerjee’s office received an email Friday from the Planning Forum, a students’ body at the college, stating that the event scheduled for next week was cancelled due to “inadequate infrastructure”. Speaking to The Sunday Express, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien said, “This was Was scheduled to attend event on July 31 fixed nearly six weeks ago. She (Mamata Banerjee) got a letter from St. Stephen’s College, saying ‘Please come’, and asked to select any date. She agreed to the students’ request and chose the date since she was scheduled to visit Delhi. But at 3.20 pm on Friday, they wrote to her, making some silly excuse about inadequate infrastructure and not having a hall.” O’Brien alleged, “It is clear that this is under pressure from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “So where is the Mahagathbandhan that will challenge the BJP? AMIT SHAH INTERVIEW Vishal Srivastav ‘Bhagidar’ remark a compliment: Modi LUCKNOW, JULY 28 NEW DELHI, JULY 28 to fill feedback forms with their opinions on alliances and sharing of seats, along with reasons for supporting or rejecting tieups with specific parties. Sources said that a majority of the members appeared to support the idea of forming alliances while stressing that the “SP’s identity should be maintained”. “The forms filled by the members have been submitted. The party’s national president, Akhilesh Yadav, will study the feedback and take decisions on alliances. Many of us have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A WEEK after Congress President Rahul Gandhi called him a “bhagidar (collaborator)” in connection with the Rafale jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the term saying that he was a “garbeebon ka bhagidar (collaborator in the sufferings of the poor)”. Modi said he was well aware of the struggles of poverty as he had experienced it. The prime minister was in Lucknow to mark the three-year anniversary of his government’s flagship urban development schemes - AMRUT, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna and Smart Cities mission. Modi also credited former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a former MP from Lucknow, for revolutionising urban infrastructure. Rahul’s comments were made during the debate in Parliament on the no-confidence motion, which the government ultimately won. “Aapne suna hoga in dino mujhpar ek iljam lagaya gaya hai... Iljam yeh hai ki main chaukidar nahi hun bhagidar hun ... Main is iljam ko inam manta hun... Mujhe garv hai ki main bhagidar hun... main desh ke gareebon ke dukh ka bhagidar hun... main mehnatkash majdooron ka bhagidar hun... har dukhiyari maa ki takleefon ka bhagidar hun... (You must have heard the latest allegations against me... They say that I am not a “chaukidar (watchman)” but a “bhagidar”... I accept it as a reward, not as a charge... I am proud that I am collaborator CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 At 79, she says bridge has given her all — husband, and now Asian Games slot The cerebral game is set to make Asiad debut in Jakarta NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, JULY 28 “ARE YOU sure I am the oldest member of this Asian Games contingent?” asks 79-year-old bridge player Rita Choksi. Being part of a 24-member team of card players that has an average age of about 60, of which four are 70-plus, Choksi’s question is justified. With the cerebral game set to make its Asiad debut in Jakarta next month, Choksi will be among the handful of athletes who will add a unique shade to India’s squad of close to 550. Choksi has had a long association with the Asian Games. For years, she has been living at the National Capital’s upmarket Asiad Village complex, the one built for the 1982 Games and later sold commercially. Now she gets a chance to get a real Games experience and share space with athletes from several countries. “It is not common for a 79year-old to go to the Asian Games and have an opportunity to win a medal. I have been told that we will be staying at the Games Village along with other athletes. It will be great to be part of the Indian team at the village. But I hope I don’t look my age,” she chuckles. Actually, she doesn’t. Regular exercise — morning walks, breathing exercises and yoga — and a healthy diet of fish, broccoli and salads, and a polite refusal to all eating-out dinner invites are reasons for Choksi’s active life and her almost fivedecade long bridge career. “I don’t have any ailments which are associated with people of my age. I pop Ayurveda pills but that is a preventive measure,” she says, pointing to a bottle with the label ‘Mental Clarity’. Her team mates, though, have much longer prescriptions from doctors. And this had got the team manager Maneesh Bahuguna worried. “Seven players take medication for mild Rita Choksi blood pressure. So I reached out to the World Bridge Federation and the National Anti-Doping Agency just to be sure there was no ban on bridge players taking atenolol, a beta blocker commonly used to treat blood pressure. Atenolol is banned in golf and archery, but in bridge it is fine,” says the manager. Choksi and other senior citizens on the Indonesia-bound squad, say they never imagined that the recreational game they pursued for years would one day become highly competitive and a medal sport. Choksi’s association with bridge has been long and eventful. It has taken her to places and helped her meet interesting people — her second husband being one of them. She can’t recall the exact date of her first nationals, but a well- preserved newspaper cutting that has her name suggests that she has been into serious bridge since 1970. “I used to play table tennis and badminton but got interested in bridge after seeing others play. I haven’t stopped since the 70s,” Choksi says. There was a phase, in her early 20s, when she was tempted to change track. But parental opposition nudged her back to the deck of cards. “I had offers to join the movies, but my father put his foot down. He encouraged me to play bridge. He was proud of me,” Choksi says. It was on the bridge table that she met her now departed second husband, Dr Haren Choksi. Both were married when they crossed paths but they seemed to be fated to be together. “He first saw me at a bridge tournament. We played together. It was love at first sight for Dr Choksi. Where else could he have met me, I have been playing bridge for donkey’s years,” she says. After the death of her first husband, the two bridge players decided to be partners off the table too. Tragedy struck again, Dr Choksi died in the early 90s. It’s the period of life she isn’t too keen to talk about. With her two sons settled abroad, she now lives alone. But there is always bridge for company. Choksi plays close to three hours every day. She has moved with the times and is very active on Bridge Base, an online community of players. “I just log-in via my smartphone and play. One has to stay updated with technology and the brain must be ticking. In bridge you can’t afford for the mind to get rusty,” she says. For the last few days, she has been anxiously following the news. With the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) taking time to clear the bridge team, she was restless, there was also the suspense of the elections in Pakistan. Now, she is relieved: the team cleared and Imran Khan has won. “I had met Imran at a club in London during a bridge tournament. He was very interested in the game and asked us a lot of questions,” Choksi says. “That is why I wanted him to win.”
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