eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Defence Against the Dark Arts KOLKATA,LATECITY OCTOBER7,2018 18+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 (EX KOLKATA `7, `12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA SUNDAY STORY PAGE 12 The lesser force First time a target of militants, ill-trained, ill-paid SPOs are resigning, leaving uneasy calm in Valley before polls 5 BENGAL WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM BIG PICTURE PAGES 8-9 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 MANINJUREDIN MAJHERHATBRIDGE COLLAPSEDIESOF ‘UNKNOWNCAUSES’ ● Bagree market fire: ‘No demolition, will shut building till safety is ensured’ THEDIRECTORof celebratedfilm Queen, Vikas Bahl, best-selling author Chetan Bhagat, and formerexecutiveeditorofTheTimes of India and ex-DNA editor-inchief Gautam Adhikari were among those accused of sexual harassment, as allegations againstnamesfromthefilm,mediaandentertainmentindustries 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 shotsofsocialmediachatsshowing persistent propositioning, identifyingwiththe#MeTooand #TimesUpcampaigns,theallegations set off a debate on how manyofthoseaccountsfellwithin the definition of sexual harassmentatworkplace.Organisations linked to many of those named said they were taking action. Among them was Phantom Films,aproductionhousefounded byAnuragKashyap,Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena and Bahl. In a HuffPost India report, a former woman employee of PhantomaccusedBahlofsexually assaultingherinMay2015ataho- telinGoa.Shetalkedaboutherordeal, said she had confided in Kashyap,andsaidhehadn’ttakenaction.Shequitthecompanyin2017. Confirming the incident, Kashyap said in the report, “Whatever happened was wrong. We didn’t handle it well, wefailed.Icannotblameanyone but myself. But now we are determined to do better. We believehercompletely.Shehasour CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TANUSHREE DUTTA FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST PATEKAR P 4 ● Two arrested for running fake job racket in Kolkata Jaitley says scope to link Aadhaar with mobile phones 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 Squeezeintobuseswithchildrenandbasicpossessionstomakelongjourneys home;say‘neverencounteredsomethinglikethisinourmanyyearsinstate’ 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 hometoUttarPradesh,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,seeminglyangryoverthe alleged rape of a 14-month-old girl, started to attack “nonGujaratis” earlier this week. Insomecases,landlordshad 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 Chandlodiyaarea.Severalother migrant families who are their neighbours, are fleeing too — in their seven years in Gujarat, noneof themhaseverfeltafear 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. Some20buses,eachpacked with more than 80 passengers, left for UP, MP and Bihar Saturday. Normally, no more thanahandfulof busesleaveon these long-distance routes every week. “A bus would leave for UP, Bihar, or MP once in two days, withperhaps25passengers.But now, I am having to accommodate80or90peopleineachbus. 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 a19-year-oldforallegedlyraping 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 directedatthegovernmentandindustry for “not complying with theruletoemploy80percentlocals 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 fromoutsidethestate,mostlyUP and Bihar”. Inspector General of Police, Gandhinagar range, MahendrasinhChavdasaidtherapehad 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, MPandChhattisgarhareruledby 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 3 ● AT AJMER RALLY, PM SLAMS CONG’S ‘VOTE BANK POLITICS’ P6 In election year, Facebook set to verify political ads KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 WITHTHE ElectionCommission announcingdatesforpollsinfive states and Lok Sabha elections scheduledfor2019,socialmedia giant Facebook plans to implement a version of the political ads transparency portal in India. Facebook ads with political content in the US came under sharp criticism after reports that foreigners bought political ads on the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election. MISSING INTERPOLCHIEF HELDINCHINAFOR QUESTIONING Beginning May 2018, political adswereviewableinapublicadvertisement archive and included information about funding. And advertisers of political content have to go through an authorisationprocessbeforedisplaying ads. The transparency portal is currentlydeployedintheUSand Brazil and is being rolled out in England in the next few weeks. Facebook is currently determining the form in which the political ads system will be implemented in India, according to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 KAVANAUGH SET TO BE CONFIRMED WORLD TO US SUPREME COURT Kohli wants board to change rule: let wives stay for full overseas tours Currently, BCCI restricts the stay of wives of players and support staff with team to just two weeks DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, OCTOBER 6 INDIA CAPTAIN Virat Kohli has requestedthecricketboardtoallow 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 broachedtheissuewithatopBCCI 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 nowaskedIndianteammanager Sunil Subramaniam to make a formalrequesttochangetherule 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. “Therequestwasmadeafew weeksbackbutasitisaBCCIpolicy decision, the manager will CoA has asked for a formal request to change the rule. PTI have to submit a formal request first.Anushkahasbeentravelling 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.Atpresent,mostcountries have restricted family time. In 2007, after an Ashes disaster, the England and Wales Cricket Board asked an independent sports administrator to determine the reasons for the 5-0 whitewashagainstAustralia.The report recommended a limit on the time wives and girlfriends should be allowed on tour. This did not go well with players and England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen had called the suggestion a “load of nonsense”. During the 2015 Ashes, formerAustraliawicket-keeperand reputed commentator Ian Healy blamed wives and girlfriends for Australia’s dismal showing. On this tour, reports of an alleged bust-up between the wives of MichaelClarkeandDavidWarner surfaced. After Healy’s remarks, Warner’swifeCandiceFalzonhad reiteratedtheimportanceoffamilies on a long tour. “I think a lot of them would beveryunhappyif theirkidsand their partners weren’t here. There’s a lot of things we do behindthescenesthatpeopledon’t know to help get the boys on the field,” she had said.
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