eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY Defence Against the Dark Arts OCTOBER 7, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 8 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM BIG PICTURE PAGES 10-11 The lesser force First time a target of militants, ill-trained, ill-paid SPOs are resigning, leaving uneasy calm in Valley before polls 4 GUJARAT As Girish Karnad returns with a new play, a look at his legacy and why he still feels the need to voice his dissent WORLD’S LARGEST RECRUITMENT DRIVE 2,37,00,000 Queen director Bahl, author Chetan Bhagat named in India’s own #MeToo firestorm Former editor among many in media, entertainment accused of sexual harassment on social media SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DIES AT 85 DUE TO AGE-RELATED ILLNESS ● BJP councillor held in land grabbing case, P 3 ● Lion deaths: Ahmed Patel writes to PM, PAGE 3 Jaitley says scope to link Aadhaar with mobile phones THE DIRECTORof celebrated film Queen, Vikas Bahl, best-selling author Chetan Bhagat, and former executive editor ofThe Times of India and ex-DNA editor-inchief Gautam Adhikari were among those accused of sexual harassment, as allegations against names from the film, media and entertainment industries swept social media on Saturday. As women shared their stories, that ranged from verbal to physical assault, including snap- Phantom Films co-founders, including Bahl (second from left), announced dissolution of the company Saturday. What Bahl did was horrifying, Anurag Kashyap (far left) said. Express shots ofsocial media chats showing persistent propositioning, identifying with the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, the allegations set off a debate on how many ofthose accounts fell within the definition of sexual harassment at work place. Organisations linked to many of those named said they were taking action. Among them was Phantom Films, a production house founded by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Bahl. In a HuffPost India report, a former woman employee of Phantom accused Bahl ofsexually assaulting her in May 2015 at a ho- tel in Goa. She talked about her ordeal, said she had confided in Kashyap, and said he hadn’t taken action. She quit the company in 2017. Confirming the incident, Kashyap said in the report, “Whatever happened was wrong. We didn’t handle it well, we failed. I cannot blame anyone but myself. But now we are determined to do better. We believe her completely. She has our CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TANUSHREE DUTTA FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST PATEKAR P 6 RAPE BACKLASH Fearing for lives after attacks by mobs, UP, MP and Bihar migrants flee Gujarat At one factory, few migrants on rolls, sacked staff in mob SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 6 Redflags ‘problematic’ parts of SC rulings on 377, adultery EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 UNION FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said that it was still possible to link mobiles to Aadhaar and to allow private sector to use the unique identity, provided there was statutory backing to it and the test of proportionality could be satisfied. Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Jaitley said the Supreme Court had upheld “most of what Aadhaar does”. He added, “What has not been upheld falls in two categories. Bulk of that has been struck down on two principles — one is the principle of proportionality, that Aadhaar will help in these cases, please weigh the pros and cons and then do it by an appropriate law. So this whole argument which was being given, that private companies can’t use it... For instance there is a Section 57 which says you can authorise others either ‘by law’ or ‘by contract’. So what has been struck down is ‘by contract’. By law it can still be done, provided you do it under adequate provision of law and you do it on the basis that, in this field, it is necessary.” Asked if Aadhaar would be extended to bank accounts and mobile phones, Jaitley said, “I don’t know, but in several areas, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Migrants from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar leaving Ahmedabad on Saturday afternoon. Javed Raja MORE REPORTS, PAGE 3 Squeeze into buses with children and basic possessions to make long journeys home; say ‘never encountered something like this in our many years in state’ RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, OCTOBER 6 HUDDLED UNDER Ahmedabad’s Chanakyapuri flyover with their bags and small children, they waited for a bus that would take them on a backbreaking 24-30-hour journey home to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. From Ahmedabad and its neighbouring districts, Hindispeaking migrants who have lived in Gujarat for years, are fleeing — driven by fear after mobs, seemingly angry over the alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl, started to attack “nonGujaratis” earlier this week. In some cases, landlords had asked them to leave, said some of the migrants waiting for a bus in the afternoon sun Saturday. At least 180 people had been arrested in the districts of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Sabarkantha, Patan, and Mehsana for targeting migrants, especially those from UP and Bihar, police had said Friday. “My children were playing in the lane outside our house when the mob attacked on Thursday night. They are still in shock. I took my four-year-old son to the doctor to calm him down that night,” said Rajkumari Jatav, 30, waiting for a bus to return to her village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. Rajkumari’s three children and her husband, who does paint jobs to sustain the family, live in Mahadev Nagar, a colony of migrants in Ahmedabad’s Chandlodiya area. Several other migrant families who are their neighbours, are fleeing too — in their seven years in Gujarat, none of them has ever felt a fear like this, Rajkumari said. Dharmendra Kushwaha, who too is from Bhind and lives in Mahadev Nagar, said some 1,500 UP, Bihar, and MP migrants may have fled from their homes in the colony over the last few days. “Two hundred people left today,” said Kushwaha, 20, a labourer who works with painters, and arrived in Ahmedabad two years ago after spending seven years in Surat. He said masked men had told him to “leave Gujarat before 9 am” Saturday, or he would be dead. Some 20 buses, each packed with more than 80 passengers, left for UP, MP and Bihar Saturday. Normally, no more than a handful of buses leave on these long-distance routes every week. “A bus would leave for UP, Bihar, or MP once in two days, with perhaps 25 passengers. But now, I am having to accommodate 80 or 90 people in each bus. And 20 such buses are leaving every day,” said Pintoo Singh of Satyam Tomar Travels, an agency that has been operating CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SINCE THE September 28 arrest of a 19-year-old for allegedly raping an infant, at least half-adozen factories hiring migrant workers have been attacked across northern Gujarat. One of the first to be run over by mobs was the ceramic factory where the accused, who belongs to Chhapra in Bihar, worked. While Alpesh Thakor, the Congress MLA and president of the Gujarat Kshatriya-Thakor Sena, said their anger was directed at the government and industry for “not complying with the rule to employ 80 per cent locals in factories”, police officials who refused to be named said that in at least one of the attacked factories, Himalaya International Pvt Ltd in Vadodara, of the over 500 workers, “not more than 100 were from outside the state, mostly UP and Bihar”. Inspector General of Police, Gandhinagar range, Mahendrasinh Chavda said the rape had brought to the fore “long-suppressed sentiments”. “The locals had been dissatisfied with the factory owners and were looking for an opportunity.” Officials said that soon after the news of the rape, messages circulated on social media appealing to members of a particular community to “unite and chase non-Gujaratis away”. Officials believe this provoked the more than two dozen incidents of violence in north CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CRUCIAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS Dates out for polls in 5 states, final test before 2019 LS battle Results on December 11, four states to vote in single phase, Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh in two phases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 SETTING THE ball rolling for five Assembly elections, the Election Commission announced Saturday the dates for polls in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana. While voting will be held in November and December, results for all five states, seen as a bellwether for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will be announced on December 11. Barring Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh, the other states will conduct elections in a single phase. South Chhattisgarh, with 18 seats, will vote on November 12 and the 72 seats in north Chhattisgarh will vote on November 20. For 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh and 40 seats in Mizoram, the voting will take place on November 28. And Rajasthan and Telangana will poll for their 200 and 119 seats on December 7. Of the five states, Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh are ruled by BJP Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh, while Telangana goes to polls after TRS chief and CM K Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the Assembly in September, nine months before CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CEC O P Rawat with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora (left) and Ashok Lavasa, Saturday. PTI POLLING DATES Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh Mizoram Rajasthan Telangana COUNTING Nov 12, Nov 20 Nov 28 Nov 28 Dec 7 Dec 7 Dec 11 INSIDE ● CAN’T KEEP WAITING FOR CONG IN MP: AKHILESH P 6 ● AT AJMER RALLY, PM SLAMS CONG’S ‘VOTE BANK POLITICS’ P5 Kohli wants board to change rule: let wives stay for full overseas tours DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 6 INDIA CAPTAIN Virat Kohli has requested the cricket board to allow wives of players to accompany the team for the full duration of overseas tours. The current policy restricts the stay of wives of players and support staff to just two weeks. It is learnt that Kohli first broached the issue with a top BCCI official who in turn conveyed the team’s request to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji. Sources said that the CoA has now asked Indian team manager Sunil Subramaniam to make a formal request to change the rule but that they would not be taking a decision any time soon. Since this will require a shift in the BCCI’s stance, the CoA is expected to postpone the decision to a time when the new BCCI body will be in place. “The request was made a few weeks back but as it is a BCCI policy decision, the manager will have to submit a formal request first. Anushka has been travelling with Kohli overseas, however, Kohli now wants the old rule to be abolished and a new policy should come up where wives should be allowed to travel with the Indian team,” a source said. The cricketing world for long has been divided on allowing wives and girlfriends on long tours. At present, most countries have restricted family time. In 2007, after an Ashes disaster, the England and Wales Cricket Board asked an independent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Only 18 students completed Gandhian Studies course in 5 years in Saurashtra University GOPAL KATESHIYA RAJKOT, OCTOBER 6 A Master’s degree course launched by Saurashtra University (SU) here to promote the study of Gandhian values and ideals has found very few takers. An RTI query has revealed that in five years, since the course was launched, only 18 candidates have completed the course and awarded degrees. With an aim to “promote YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION Gandhian philosophy and Gandhian values among students and to prepare future citizens having the best qualities,” the SU had introduced the Master’s in Gandhian Studies course for external students The university had launched the course in 2014 from academic session 2013-14. To make suggestions for the proposed course and devise a syllabus for the two-year course, SU had formed an ad-hoc committee. The five-member committee included Gandhians like Dhiru Dobariya and a few professors of the varsity. The syllabus for the four-semester course includes study of books authored by Mahatma Gandhi, his thoughts on various subjects, his lead in the Freedom Movement of India, among oth- ers, and books on Gandhi written by authors like Narhari Parikh, Acharya Kriplani, Janardan Pandya, Ronald Terchak, Pyarelal, Adharsh Kumar Mathur, RC Majmudar etc. But information accessed by The Sunday Express through an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveals that number of students enrolling for the course have never touched 50 in any given year. Only 44 candidates took the maiden examination for the Semester-I of the course in January, 2014. The following year, the number slid to 42. In the examination conducted in December, 2015, only 23 students appeared. A year later, only 12 students took the examination of Semester-I. In November, 2017, this number dipped to a single digit as just eight students took the test. Numbers for Semester-IV for all the years, the last semester of the course, are worse, as per the RTI query. Only 19 students took the examination in May, 2015. The figure improved to 21 in the examination conducted in May, 2016. But since then, only four students have appeared in three examinations conducted between April, 2017 and April, 2018. In all, the SU has conducted Semester-IV examination for five times and only 44 students have appeared in it. Out of those 44, only 18 have qualified for the degree, the information reveals. Overall, in five years, only 129 students have appeared in Semester-I examinations, 77 in Semester-II, 60 in Semester-III and 44 in Semester IV. Amit Parekh, controller of examination of SU, says that the number of students appearing in the Semester-I examination indicates almost the actual number of students enrolling for the course. Dhiren Pandya, registrar of SU, concedes that the number of students enrolling for the Gandhian Studies course, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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