LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NRC FINAL DRAFT TODAY; ASSAM ON ALERT Fear in a Bengali Muslim pocket: ‘Will they deport us? Was born here, don’t know anywhere else’ No one will go to detention camps, assures CM Sonowal ABHISHEK SAHA KALIKAJARI (MORIGAON), JULY 29 Karunanidhi had ‘transient setback’, but improving, says hospital ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JULY 29 DMK PRESIDENT M Karunanidhi continued to remain under medical supervision Sunday following a “transient setback” earlier in the day. As scores of party supporters gathered outside the hospital in Chennai, doctors treating him said his vital signs are “normalising”. A medical bulletin at around 10 pm issued by the Kauvery Hospital where he is being treated stated: “There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of DMK president M Karunanidhi. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors.” Karunanidhi (94) was rushed to a private hospital in Chennai around on Saturday following a drop in his blood pressure. Addressing the media Sunday, senior DMK leader A Raja repeated the hospital statement and requested that the public and party supporters ignore all rumours about Karunanidhi’s health condition. He also said that Karunanidhi was critical for a short period. “But he is stable now. Critical care treatment is being given now. Do not believe in rumours. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow Sunday. Vishal Srivastav UP GETS 81 PROJECTS WORTH RS 60,000 CR Industrialists no chor-lutere, vital for nation-building: PM ‘Not afraid of being seen with them, not one to meet people behind curtains’ MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JULY 29 WITH THE Opposition often accusing his government of being a “suit-boot ki sarkaar” and being biased towards industrialists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he was not afraid of being seen next to “udyogpati” as they played as crucial a role in nation development as a labourer, a farmer or an artisan. It was wrong to call them “chor-lutere (thieves)”, he added. Modi was in Lucknow for a 8 The dwindling minority THE EDITORIAL PAGE BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & GILLES VERNIERS mega event where he laid the foundation stone for 81 projects, worth overall Rs 60,000 crore. “Agar Hindustan ko banane mein ek kisan ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek karigar ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek banker, financier ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek sarkar ke mulazim ki mehnat kaam karti hai, ek mazdoor ki mehnat kaam karti hai, waise desh ke udyogkaron ki bhi desh ko banane mein bhumika hai (In building Hindustan, if the hard work of a farmer, an artisan, a banker, a financer, a government employee, a labourer, all has a role, similarly industrialists too KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JULY 29 IT IS not just banks that keenly await the resolution of12 companies which have defaulted and are on the RBI’s first list of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) cases. The Indian Navy too is tracking the insolvency proceedings of ABG Shipyard after the Navy was forced last year to terminate shipbuilding contracts worth Rs 1,455 crore five years after it was first awarded to the firm. The failure of ABG Shipyard, which owes close to Rs 19,000 crore to its creditors, to deliver three training vessels has the Navy questioning public-private partnerships in building war- CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 QUESTION IS WHAT KIND OF INDUSTRIALIST, SAYS CONGRESS, PAGE 4 BHOPAL, JULY 29 AS THE Rajasthan government announces its very own cow sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh’s own is gasping for funds. Around five months after it opened its gates to cows, the Kamdhenu Gau Abhayaranya in February this year stopped their entry af- ter realising that it neither had the manpower nor the money to take care of the cattle. Spread over 472 hectares in Salaria village in the state’s Agar district, the sanctuary, opened in September 2017, was touted as the first such for cows in the country. Besides sheltering stray and abandoned cows, it was meant to promote pesticides and medicines derived from cow dung and cow urine. While plans were to accommodate 6,000 cattle in its 24 sheds, the sanctuary currently has around 4,120 cows. But the money it currently gets from the Animal Husbandry Department is used up in providing just fodder for them. “The recurring costs are more than Rs 10 crore but the budgetary allocation is half of that. MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, JULY 29 ONE IS a BJP leader who, according to his 2014 election affidavit, has been charged in numerous criminal cases, including attempt to murder and dacoity. The other is a sports administrator probed by multiple agencies, including the CBI, for his alleged role in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scandal. Last week, the two were named by the Indian Olympic Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh (left) Rajkumar Sacheti Association (IOA) as leaders of the country’s Asian Games contingent. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Mofis Uddin at Dakshin Kalikajari in Assam, on Saturday. Abhishek Saha The final NRC will be a win-win situation for all of us” SARBANANDA SONOWAL CHIEF MINISTER OF ASSAM INTERVIEW PAGE 5 A DAY ahead of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday again assured that no one would be sent to detention camps nor treated as a foreigner if his or her name does not appear in the draft. He said that they would get ample time to get this rectified as “adequate opportunity will be given for filing claims and objections”. In an interview to The Indian Express, Sonowal also said that there should not be any insecurity or fear among people because “the entire NRC is being carried out in an impartial, transparent and meticulous manner, and would continue to remain the same”. The CM, who has held a series of meetings with officials and police top brass in the last few days, said his government has taken all possible steps to ensure that law and order is maintained after the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CRPF man on leave in Valley killed EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, JULY 29 MILITANTS entered a house in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district Sunday and fired at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who was home on leave. The CRPF man, Naseer Ahmad Rather, succumbed at the district As Marathas threaten fresh protest, other groups line up with demands hospital, police said. Rather was the first Kashmiri CRPF personnel to have been killed in the Valley while on leave. Militants had earlier killed an Army Lieutenant in South Kashmir and a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at Hajin in North Kashmir while they were home on vacation. “Terrorists this evening barged inside the house of a local CRPF man Naseer Ahmad Rather at Naira village and shot at him injuring him critically,” a police spokesman said. “Naseer was immediately evacuated to district hospital Pulwama for medical treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.” Rather was with the CRPF’s 182 Battalion, police said. Bihar NGO that got govt cash had ‘ghost’ secy no one ever saw SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, JULY 29 BUSINESS AS USUAL SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 29 an MP from Kaiserganj in UP, has been appointed Chef de Mission of India’s 541-strong team for the August 18 to September 2 event in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. One of the four deputies assigned to Singh is Rajkumar Sacheti, a close aide of disgraced former IOA president Suresh Kalmadi. The Central Vigilance Committee (CVC) had accused Sacheti of misusing his position as joint director general during the 2010 Commonwealth Games. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Leaders of India’s Asiad contingent: Tainted MP, Kalmadi’s ex-pvt secy NEW DELHI, JULY 29 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EVEN AS Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis initiated dialogue with a section of the Maratha leadership to defuse quota anger in the state, the Maratha Kranti Morcha Coordination Committee announced a state-wide agitation starting August 1, while another outfit, the Maratha Coordination Committee, gave a bandh call for Monday. In a meeting held at Latur on Sunday, the Kranti Morcha committee gave the government two days to enforce a decision on Maratha reservation. The Marathas, who constitute 33 per cent of the state’s population, have been demanding 16 per cent quota in education and employment. Fadnavis met with the Sakal Maratha Organisation, along with Maharashtra Swabhiman CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW THE NGO run by Brajesh Thakur, main accused in the case of alleged sexual abuse of girls at a Muzaffarpur girls’ home, had a “ghost” secretary whom no official of the Bihar social welfare department had ever “seen or met”. The NGO was registered as a society with the Registrar of Societies in April 1987. The post of secretary is the most important in a registered society. The social welfare department disbursed grants to several projects allotted to Thakur’s NGO, which would get about a crore of rupees every year for its five Muzaffarpur shelters alone. The NGO also ran two projects at Samastipur and one at Bettiah, now cancelled. Registrar of Societies records name one “Ramesh Kumar” as “secretary” of the NGO, and “Brajesh Kumar” as its “chief functionary”. Muzaffarpur Town DSP Mukul Kumar Ranjan, who prepared the supervision report BY UNNY CBI TAKES OVER CASE PAGE 5 of the case, said: “We did not find any person by the name of Ramesh Kumar. Brajesh Thakur, too, did not give us any clue about the NGO’s secretary, who seems to be non-existent.” The police’s FIR and chargesheet mention Brajesh Thakur, who is among the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 7 WORLD ships and officials believe the termination of the contract has set the Navy’s schedule back by at least a decade. The Navy in June 2011, had awarded a Rs 970 crore contract to ABG Shipyard, an Ahmedabad-based company, to build two cadet training ships, approximately 110 meters in length, to provide basic training and to carry out disaster relief, search and rescue operations. Subsequently in December 2012, ABG Shipyard, in a regulatory filing informed the exchange that it had bagged another order from the Navy to build another cadet ship for Rs 485 crore at its Surat and Dahej yard. According to sources, the two shipbuilding contracts were a Rajya Sabha MP; and Sanjeev Puri, MD, ITC. Top executives of business houses like Walmart were also present. The PM drew a parallel with Mahatma Gandhi, talking about his association with the Birlas, and saying that even a man as “pure” as him was not hesitant about this as his intentions were clear. On the other hand, he No funds or manpower: first cow sanctuary says can’t take in more MILIND GHATWAI Why the Navy is closely watching an insolvent shipbuilder have a role),” the PM said. “Hum unko apmaanit karenge, chor-lutere kahenge... yeh kaunsa tareeka hai (We humiliate industrialists, call them thieves, robbers... how is that right)?”. At the same time, those who did any wrong would have to either leave the country or end up in jail, Modi said. “This was not done earlier.” Sunday’s event was attended by industry bigwigs such as Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla group; Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani group; Subhash Chandra, chairman of the Essel group and BROTHERS HAFIZ Uddin and Moin Uddin, both daily-wage labourers in their 40s and residents of Dakshin Kalikajari village in Assam’s Morigaon district, will be among the lakhs of people not likely to find a mention in the draft of the updated National Register of Citizens to be released on Monday in the state. The reason for the exclusion being that 12 members of their family — a chain starting from their grandmother Phulbanu Begum, who died around 14 years ago — were declared foreigners by a Foreigners’ Tribunal two years ago. No doubt has been cast by authorities, however, on the Indian citizenship of Phulbanu’s husband Abdul Gani. In this part of Kalikajari, around 90 km from Guwahati and dominated by Bengali Muslims, almost every household has a person battling the citizenship tangle, in one form or another. Despite assurances, many fear their fate will be sealed when the second and final draft of the NRC comes out at all the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSKs) across the state on Monday, along with the applicants’ names, addresses and photographs. Authorities are expected to WRITING ON THE WALL: GOVT SCHOOLS TURN ENGLISH MEDIUM PALESTINE TEEN PROTEST ICON RELEASED FROM ISRAELI JAIL IMRAN KHAN TO BE SWORN IN AS PAK PM BEFORE AUG 14, HIS PARTY SAYS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JULY 29 THE KARNATAKA government’s proposal to have an Englishmedium section in 1,000 government schools as a pilot project to wean away parents from private schools has provoked protests from Kannada writers and intellectuals, who fear that English will swallow the native language. Minister of Primary and Secondary Education N Mahesh has said the move is needed as students have moved away from government to private schools TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com Incidentally, the medium of instruction in all government schools in J&K is English since 2003, while in Assam, an attempt to convert 20 vernacularmedium government schools to English-medium in 2012-13 was scuttled. Punjab even in rural areas. Students in state government schools at present learn English from Class V. However, across the country, with student numbers in government schools dropping and English seen as the only way forward, states have been introducing English medium. Has started English-medium sections in government schools from this session. Initial plans were to have such sections in 1,886 schools, at middle, high and senior secondary levels, but only 1,424 schools opted for it. The remaining couldn’t due to reasons such as infrastructure An English-medium school of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Over 21,000 students have shifted to its schools in the past five years, since English medium started. Javed Raja constraints, lack of enough students, failure of state board to print enough English-medium books, and lack of teachers. Classes 10, 12 have been kept out for now so as to not “pressure” students appearing for board exams. Even in the English-medium sections though, only Maths and Science are to be taught in English. Social studies would still be taught in Punjabi. Experts have warned this system could be disastrous. Prashant Goyal, the Director General of School Education, said they would move gradually. “Students studying English- medium in Classes 9 and 11 this year can opt for English medium next year in boards.” Uttar Pradesh 5,000 government primary schools have become Englishmedium from this adademic session (April 2018). Depending on the demand, the state has said, every block in every district would have a minimum five and maximum seven such schools. The government had promised training for teachers who volunteered, but only about 40 per cent have been trained to teach in English medium so far. 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.