TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DRAFT REPORT SUPPORTS IDEA Simultaneous polls: Law panel raises questions, says need for more debate Not possible within existing framework of Constitution; will it tinker with democracy, federal polity: Law panel 12 EXPLAINED BIMSTEC matters: Why and how SEEMA CHISHTI & KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 ONTHEeveof theendof itsterm, the Law Commission put out a draft report on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies with a public appeal to “have further discussions and examination on the matter, involving all the stakeholders” before making final recommendations to the government. It said it was doing this with the “intention to initiate a healthy and sustainable debate ontheissue”sincesimultaneous pollsare“notpossiblewithinthe existing framework of the Constitution”. Justice (retired) B S Chauhan, chairman of the Commission, told The Indian Express: “Our term is getting over on Friday. There was no time to finalise it. This is a serious issue, and needs wider consultation with the public and Constitutional experts. But we did not want our work and research on it wasted. WeareleavingitforafutureLaw Commission to ponder upon.” “We have raised seven fundamental questions and put CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Speaking against Govt is not sedition, right to offend, criticise history is free speech’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 UNDERLINING THAT “singing from the same book is not a benchmark of patriotism” in a democracy and “people should be at liberty to show their affection towards their country in their own way”, the Law Commission has said that a person should not be charged with sedition for “merely expressing a thought that is not in consonance with the policy of the Government of the day”. In a consultation paper on the sedition law (124A IPC) — in which it has spelt out multiple issues that require wider discussion — the Law Commission, headed by Justice (retired) SRINAGAR, AUGUST 30 THE KATHMANDU SUMMIT Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BIMSTEC leaders call on Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, in Kathmandu on Thursday. PIB/ PTI REPORTS, PAGE 5 6 FROM DOCUMENT PUNE POLICE GAVE TO COURT ‘Anti-fascist front seeks to tap militant Dalit & Muslim forces’ BENGAL CHANDAN HAYGUNDE PUNE, AUGUST 30 PREPARINGFORNRC POSSIBILITY,MUSLIM GROUPSURGEPEOPLE TOREADYPAPERS ● Son of woman who won local polls shot at THE EDITORIAL PAGE 8 Sinister homo sapiens BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA ONE OF the documents presented by the Pune police in court Wednesday justifying the arrests of the five activists refers to an alleged plan to implement the Maoist strategy to oppose “Brahminical and fascist Hindu forces” and bring together the “most militant” among “Dalit and Muslim forces.” Thatdocumenttitled,“Aproposal for initiating All India Anti FascistFront,”talksaboutmobilising “militant sections” of people, for which the front needs to come up at all levels, within villages, small towns and cities. This document, like the several from which Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar read excerpts while justifying the arrests and seeking remand, is claimed to have been seized from the earlier set of five activists who were arrested by the PunePoliceonJune6inasimilar multi-city operation and who are now in Yerawada Jail here. This particular part of the document was not read out by the public prosecutor in the BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY House arrest means police move in and watch 24 x 7 SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 court on Wednesday but has been seen by The Indian Express. In the court, Pawar argued that the five arrested people — Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves — were “active members” of the banned CPI-Maoist and part of a conspiracy to set up an “Anti Fascist Front” to overthrow the elected government. The purported document for creating this frontmentions that consolidation of Dalit forces was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR GAUTAM Navlakha and Sudha Bharadwaj, house arrest means sharing their most personal space with policemen and policewomen — Delhi Police for the former, Haryana for the latter — and trying to cope with their constant presence and surveillance. Formerly editorial director with Economic and Political Weekly, civil rights activist Navlakha lives with his partner SahbaHusaininSouthDelhiand it is her two-bedroom house where he is under house arrest. The terms of a house arrest aren’t exactly codified in law but it’s understood that Husain can stay with him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT LEAST four close relatives of J&K policemen were abductedThursdaybysuspected militants in different parts of south Kashmir, police said. Sources said suspected militants “raided” the houses of policemen in the four districts of south Kashmir — Shopian, Kulgam,PulwamaandAnantnag — and abducted “their sons and brothers”. “We are looking into it. We have not received any formal complaint so far,” IGP (Kashmir) S P Pani told The Indian Express. This comes a day after four J&K policemen were killed by suspected militants and follows allegations of the Army setting on fire houses of militants — both in Shopian. The Army has denied the allegations. On the same day, J&K Police also arrested the father of Hizbul Mujahideen’s operations chief Riyaz Naikoo. “This seems to be retaliation against the arrest of militants’ relatives. This is aimed at pressuring the police force,” a senior Rafale talks were on when Reliance Ent helped produce film for Hollande partner CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K policemen targeted again, militants kidnap at least 4 close relatives BASHAARAT MASOOD Francois Hollande with partner and actor Julie Gayet. Reuters 3 INSIDE SALAHUDDIN’SSON ARRESTEDBYNIA police officer said. Sources said two people, both brothers of policemen, were abducted in Arwani, Kulgam. In Tral, a son of a policeman was abducted. The fourth case was that of a policeman’s relative in Yamrach, Kulgam. The four policemen killed Wednesday were part of an officer’ssecuritydetailandwereout getting a police vehicle repaired when they were fired upon. After the attack, the militants tookawaythreeriflesof theslain policemen and escaped. This marked the third high-profile attack on police personnel this year. SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 TWO DAYS before then French President Francois Hollande came to New Delhi as the Republic Day chief guest and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering 36 Rafale aircraft, Anil Ambani’sRelianceEntertainment entered into a deal to produce a filmwithHollande’spartnerand actor Julie Gayet. Later that year, Ambani’s RelianceDefencebecamepartof the offset programme of the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale deal through Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL), in which it holds a 51% stake. Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale, holds 49% stake in DRAL. OnJanuary24,2016,Reliance Entertainment announced that ithadenteredintoanagreement with Gayet’s firm, Rouge International, to jointly produce a French film. On January 26, 2016, both countriessignedtheMoUforthe 15 WORLD purchase of 36 jets in flyaway condition. The deal, called the Inter- Government Agreement, wasexpectedtobesignedduring Hollande’s visit but was delayed due to “some financial issues”. As for the film Reliance helped produce, it was directed by French actor and film-maker Serge Hazanavicius and was released in France on December 20, 2017 under the title, Tout LaHaut. This was eight weeks after Dassault Aviation chairman Eric Trappier and Ambani laid the foundationstoneforDRALmanufacturing facility in Nagpur in the presence of then French DefenceMinisterFlorenceParly; Roads and Highways Minister NitinGadkari;MaharashtraChief MinisterDevendraFadnavisand Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. The 98-minute French film, firstscreenedattheSanSebastian International Film Festival in Spain in 2017, was distributed in eight other countries including UAE, Taiwan, Lebanon, Belgium, Estonia and Latvia. Tout La-Haut has not been released in India. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN PAK, MARCH AGAINST PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST BLOCKED On China, BJP does a hopeful rewrite in party training booklet LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, AUGUST 30 BARELYTWOmonthsafteritcirculatedatrainingbookletinHindi among its Mahila Morcha cadres that described China as a threat to India and Indian interests, the BJP, in the English version of its booklet,hasdonearewrite:“Our borderdisputewithChinaisvery old. However, earlier it appeared thatChinadoesnotwantitssolution, but now there are positive signsonthisfrontafterthemeeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping”. The booklet in Hindi had mentioned that China appeared to be “not interested in resolving the issue” and “although no fir- ing has taken place on the borderafter1962,andnomajortension has erupted either, China is constantly stockpiling ammunition on the border. Recently, China supported Pakistan on a proposal in the United Nations regardingLakhvi”—26/11attack plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The English version has dropped these lines. In the section ‘External Challenges’, the booklet states: “Since then there is peace on the border and there are also no heated arguments. But despite that China continues to amass arms in huge quantity near the Indian border. It also continues to create a competitive atmosphere for India. It continued its anti-India stand on some issues CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 India, China working on hotline for their defence ministries ZEESHAN SHAIKH BEIJING, AUGUST 30 INDIA AND China are holding talks to set up a hotline between their defence ministries and update a 12-year-old defence agreement as part of the confidence building measures, a top Chinesedefenceministryofficial said on Thursday. During Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpartNirmalaSitharaman in New Delhi last week, the two sides held in-depth discussions on how to further implement the important consensus reached between Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, defence ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said. Modi and Xi, during their informalsummitinWuhaninApril, reached a consensus on managingvariousaspectsofIndia-China relations,includingthetwomilitaries, especially in the backdrop of the Doklam standoff. The hotline between the two militaries was regarded as a majorconfidencebuildingmeasure, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR JINSON EMERGES FROM SILVER CLOUD TO GRAB 1,500-METRE GOLD EXPRESSAT ASIANGAMES SHIVANI NAIK JAKARTA, AUGUST 30 BREAD AND butter just wouldn’tdo.Notonthebreakfasttable, not on the track where a routine 1,500m timing might not have secured a gold. So, Jinson Johnson loaded up on rice, paneerandchickeninthemorning. “Rice,” he said, rolling his eyes. And he saved his sizzling run for dessert — the last 40m. Two days ago, Jinson was disappointed after being pipped by Manjit Singh in the 800m. In his head, he had managed a swell race with a timing he had targeted. But a million opinions on him missing that gold reached him even when he shut the door to his room — Twitter is nothing short of nasty notes slipped under the door. “It was my first ever medal at Asian Games. I’d run a good race, it’s just that Manjit ran better. I was happy for him. I honestly didn’t feel very bad, I was grateful I’d run well,” he says, waving away all talk of ego. The 1,500m was a fresh race, andJinsonwokeupThursdayes- Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the gold in the 1500m event at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, on Thursday. PTI chewing all routine plans. “I decided timings wouldn’t matter. Even if I’d run in 4 minutes, I needed to get that gold,” he laughed. He ate that rice, and gobbled up the race in 3:44.72s. Nuances of Tuesday’s 800m race, like how he broke away after staying back, how he picked up pace like an Indonesian scooty ride and how he was chuckling about two Indians denying the rest of Asia the top two medals, all collapsed under this refrain: “Gold!” So gold it was in what is considered a longer, tactical race by experts — chess on spikes. “My endinthe800mhadbeenfaulty, if you really want to pick faults. Since no one cared about how satisfied I was with the 800m, I decided I’ll not focus on timing and only go for gold,” he said. On Thursday, Jinson let the Iraqi runner set the pace, coiling, breathing steady, waiting to explode. It was after crossing the third lap that he effectivelytook off. The national record holder, who was not allowed to feel nice abouthisfirstAsiadmedal,went about eating up the track with such ferocity that he would emerge near the finish line like a cheetah kept hungry. His last kick was a thing of beauty — 800m and 1,500m are not about crunching numbers but out-thinking and knocking out a field, without ever making eye contact. It crossed his mind that now, with two Indians equipped with the nous of plotting athletics’s most cerebral races, the future could be exciting, world-beating, shattering Kenyan and Ethiopian dominance.“Butthen...Iconcentrated on the last spurt, nothing else. It was about calming the mind, and taking off. I can win gold with the right mindset,” he smiled. Post the race, the satisfaction of netting the gold was wiped away for a few moments by his soft-toy rhino going missing. There was this innocence in Jinson looking frantically for the grey stuffed rhino given to the winners, like there was in assuming that a silver was enough Tuesday. Life’s not ideal back home. Jinson’s state, Kerala, is flooded, over 400 have died. It’s nice to live in a bubble rimmed with gold, but Jinson knows there are starker tragedies than winning just a silver and bigger triumphs likesavinglives,thanflashingaV sign and biting into a medal on the podium. “I dedicate this to my state,” he said.
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