TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CONSTITUTION BENCH CALLS FOR FULL DISCLOSURE BY CANDIDATE, PARTY SC leaves it to Parliament: Bar from polls those who face serious criminal charges 5-judge Bench cites limitations on getting into law-making, but underlines ‘nation eagerly waits for such legislation’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 THE SUPREME Court Tuesday said it was not within its powers to disqualify politicians facing criminal cases from contesting elections and recommended to Parliamenttoenact“astronglaw” todealwiththissince“thenation eagerlywaitsforsuchlegislation” to“usherinaneraofimmaculate, spotless, unsullied and virtuous We will not let IL&FS collapse, says LIC, largest shareholder Constitutional democracy”. “Though criminalisation in politics is a bitter manifest truth, which is a termite to the citadel of democracy, be that as it may, the Court cannot make the law,” a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ruled. The judgment came on a batch of petitions and applicationsfiledbyNGOPublicInterest Foundation, former Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh, Delhi BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyayandothersseekingdirection to the Election Commission of India to disqualify from polls those candidates against whom charges have been framed in criminal cases. Citing its limitations in venturing into law-making, the Bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, said “in a RULING ON AADHAAR LAWYER-LAWMAKER CAN PRACTISE ACT TODAY A CONSTITUTION Bench will rule Wednesday on the challenge to the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. Verdict was reserved in May. P 8, 11 multi-party democracy, where members are elected on party linesandaresubjecttopartydiscipline, we recommend to the THE SUPREME Court Tuesday ruled that lawyers elected as lawmakers can practise as advocates since they were not full-time salaried employees. P 8 Parliament to bring out a strong law whereby it is mandatory for the political parties to revoke CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES PART I ‘I have been called a sweeper, it hurts... this is a temple, I am doing God’s work’ AANCHAL MAGAZINE & SUNNY VERMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, SEPTEMBER 25 HITTING BACK at the Congress, which continues to attack his party and government over the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the Congress was looking for support outside the country after failing to stitch together a coalition within India. In an apparent reference to a tweet by former Pakistan minister Rehman Malik, who had said that Rahul Gandhi will be “next PMof Indiaif hefollows‘JetGate’ properly”, Modi asked if some other country will decide who will be India’s Prime Minister. “CongresspartyHindustanme gathbandhan karne main safal nahi ho rahi hai. Aur agar mil bhi jaaye to ye mel milap sambhav nahi dikhta hai. Aur isliye Bharat ke bahar gathbandhan khoja ja raha hai. Duniya ke koi desh ab ye tay karenge ki Hindustan me 12 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 STATE-RUN LIFE Insurance Corp of India (LIC), the largest shareholder in debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), on Tuesday said that the infrastructure company will not be allowed to collapse and that all options were on the table towards that objective. “We will all try to see that it does not collapse,” LIC chairman V K Sharma said after a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitleytodiscusstheimplications of thedefaultondebtrepayment by IL&FS group companies. The meeting was also attended by Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Viral V Acharya and State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar. When asked about the government’s response to the IL&FS crisis,Jaitleysaid:“Itisnotnecessary for everyone to speak out of turn.TheLICisashareholderand its chairman has already spoken to you and, therefore, it is not Failing at home, Cong looks at coalition abroad, it’s a burden: PM THEEDITORIAL PAGE MAHATMA PHOTO GALLERY www.indianexpress.com Photos by PARTHA PAUL TOMORROW CHAURI CHAURA pradhan mantri kaun banega? (The Congress party has not been successful in forming a coalition in the country. Even if it finds someone, the coalition does not look probable. That’s whyallies arebeing searched for outside India. Will some country decide who will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rhetoric and reality BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Maharashtra govt leases Film City land to Subhash Ghai’s film school SWACHH BHARAT This October 2 is Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. And the fourth of Swachh Bharat Mission, the flagship cleanliness programme. The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to city, town and village that marked milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring you stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, women and men, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where Mahatma Gandhi once walked. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bhopal, Tuesday. PTI BELIAGHATA, KOLKATA: MAHATMA GANDHI STAYED HERE IN COUNTDOWN TO AUGUST 15, 1947 Rinku Dey, 42, Contract worker Salary: `3,000 Shift: 10 am-5 pm Cleans: Eight rooms, hall, verandah, front yard, garden ESHA ROY KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 25 IT WAS an unlikely choice for Rinku Dey. She was trained as a nurse with a degree in Hindustani classical music. But for the last ten years, she has been working as a cleaner at Hyderi Manzil in Kolkata’s Beliaghata, the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in the countdown to Independence. With the nation marking the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Rinku is one of the countless footsoldiers on the ground of Swachh Bharat, the flagship initiative launched four years ago to turn Gandhi’s vision of cleanliness into reality. For the 42-year-old, who is employed by a private contractor on behalf of the West Bengal Public Works Department, this choice was an act of love — for her husband. “When I got married, my husband was the only staffer at Hyderi Manzil. He would look after everything, from the garden to the cleaning to guarding the property. Seeing him sweep brokemy heart, so Ioffered to do it in his place,’’ says Rinku. HyderiManzilisnowGandhi Bhavan, and Rinku’s eight-hour work, which starts at 10 am, includes dusting the exhibit cases, sweeping and mopping the eight rooms and the large hall in the building, sweeping the front yard of the complex and tending to the garden once a week. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 HYDERI MANZIL On August 15, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was in Kolkata, having left Delhi in the wake of the violence that preceded Partition, to travel in riot-hit eastern India. He moved to Hyderi Manzil in Beliaghata, which had witnessed largescale violence, on August 12 at the request of H S Suhrawardy, the then Bengal premier. When his attempts to bring peace failed, Gandhi embarked on an indefinite hunger strike on September 1. After 73 hours, on September 4, the rioters, Mahatma Gandhi at Hyderi Manzil both Hindus and Muslims, surrendered their arms before the Mahatma. Days later, Gandhi set out for Delhi. SANDEEP ASHAR MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 25 THE STATE government on Tuesday leased a 5.5-acre government-owned land, originally meanttobeusedforeducational training and research, in Mumbai’s Film City to Bollywood film producer Subhash Ghai’s film school, the Whistling Woods International. The move to allot the land to the institute has been justified by the state’s cultural affairs department, which administers the land. It submitted a report from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), dated February 22, 2018, that had stated that Ghai’s school “eminently qualifies as a higher and technical institute (HTI)”, to the state cabinet, which approved the allotment Tuesday. The move, however, stirred an intense debate in the state’s politicalcircles,especiallysinceit was the BJP itself that, while still in Opposition, had questioned the original deal between Ghai’s institute and then Congress-led government in the state for the same land parcel. In 2012, after the Bombay HighCourthadorderedthescrappingofGhai’soriginaldealandthe SupremeCourthadfolloweditup withstingingobservationsagainst former Maharashtra CM (late) Vilasrao Deshmukh. Current Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was then a nationalspokespersonoftheBJP,had evensoughtDeshmukh’sresignation from the Union Cabinet. “One cannot be treated as a blue-eyed boy for whom Chief Ministercanbendorbypassrules togiveawaythelandofthestate,” Sitharamanhadsaidthen,listing out observations made by a divisionbenchof theSupremeCourt. It was on October 24, 2000, when Ghai’s Mukta Arts had originally signed an MoU CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR KHEL RATNA CHANU, MOTHER’S DAY OUT, HER FIRST OUTSIDE MANIPUR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 TOMBI CHANU drapes a shawl to face the breeze on a damp, overcast afternoon. It’s the first time the 55-year-old has travelledoutsideManipur—andshe couldn’thavechosenabetteroccasion to mark her long journey from Nongpok Kakching village, 20 km out of Imphal, to the nation’s capital. On Tuesday, Tombi’s daughter, Mirabai, India’s only current world champion, was conferred withtheRajivGandhiKhelRatna award at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Cricket star Virat Kohli was the otherrecipient,withthegovernmentdecidingtomakearareexception to its rule of awarding just one Khel Ratna in its annual ceremony. “About a year ago, I was quite anonymous in my own village,” says Tombi, who owns a small grocery shop. But now, things havechanged.“WhenIgoformy morningwalks,orforwork,people point at me and say, ‘There goes Mirabai’s mom’,” she says with a smile, clutching her daughter’s hand. At the Delhi hotel — and later at Rashtrapati Bhawan — Tombi beams as strangers walk over to shake the hands of the woman behind India’s champion woman weightlifter. A couple of hours before the ceremony, Mirabai and Tombi were sauntering around the hotel lawns, preparing a ‘to-do’ list. Mirabai wants to take her mother to “as many places as possible” in the one day she has in Delhi. But Tombi has only one item on her wish list. “I want to see what people in Delhi shop for — and how they shop,” she says. Then Mirabai chips in. “Shopping toh hota rahega Khel Ratna awardee Mirabai Chanu with her mother Tombi Chanu in New Delhi on Tuesday. Abhinav Saha (Shoppingcanhappenanytime). But I want to show her the old city, the old houses and India Gate. Despite making so many visits to Delhi, I haven’t seen India Gate myself,” she says. On Monday, Mirabai had caught a glimpse of the monument while travelling to Rashtrapati Bhawan for the awards rehearsal. But then, she went through a “nerve-wracking” experience. “Wait for them to call your name, walk to the President, greet him with folded hands, wait for them to announce your achievement and finally,poseforaphoto,”Mirabai kept telling herself. “I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t make a mistake,” she says. These have been a good few weeks for Mirabai, after a gloomy and uncertain four months. After demolishing the field in the 48-kg class to win gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, shesuffereda“mysterious”back injury.“Itwasdreadful,”shesays. “I couldn’t even bend to tie my shoe-laces. The pain was unbearable.” She consulted multiple specialistsinMumbaiandDelhi,but no one could figure out the rea- son.Allof themhadthesameadvice, though — stay away from weights. Soon, paranoia gripped Mirabai, whofeared thiswasthe “end of her career”. As if the physical pain wasn’t enough, the injury began to crush her psychologically, too. Lifting was second nature for Mirabai, her mother says. As a child, she would lift bundles of firewood from a nearby hill and carryithome.“Itwasverytough, especially when the rest of the team left for the Asian Games while I was in rehab at the National Institute of Sport in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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