TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE AFTER DENIAL & DEFIANCE, COMES HIS RESIGNATION M J Akbar exits the workplace It’s vindication, say the women who called him out, but task unfinished #MeToo’s biggest moment: several women accuse him of sexual harassment October 17 MJ Akbar's exit marks a new benchmark in politics — of women, by women, for women and men. THEEDITORIALPAGE 10 UTTAR PRADESH ● ON RUN, EX-MP’S GUN-TOTING SON: I’M SORRY, DON’T LET MY VIDEO GO VIRAL ● HISTORYSHEETER SHOT DEAD IN PANDAL PG 3 KRISHN KAUSHIK KRISHN KAUSHIK & SOMYA LAKHANI UNION MINISTER M J Akbar, accused by several women of sexual harassment and assault, tried to dig his heels in — but the #MeToo campaign moved the ground beneath his feet, forcing him to step down Wednesday. Over the past week, several women accused Akbar of inviting them to his hotel room, touching them inappropriately, kissing them forciblyormolestingthemwhen he was their Editor. Akbar, MoS, External Affairs, is the first Minister who has had toresigninthisgovernmentafter amediafirestorm,themosthighprofileofthemenwhohavebeen MINUTES AFTER Minister of State(External Affairs)MJAkbar resigned Wednesday over allegationsof sexualharassment and assault, journalist Priya Ramani, who was the first to namehimpublicly,tweeted:“As women, we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar’s resignation. I look forward to the day when I will alsogetjusticeincourt#metoo.” On Monday, Akbar filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Delhi court against Ramani. She was the first to name him in a Twitter post October 8. Thereafter,overadozenwomen, who had also worked with Akbar when he edited the The NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 M J Akbar at his residence in New Delhi Wednesday, hours before he resigned as Minister of State (External Affairs). Amit Mehra called out, primarily in media, film and entertainment, in the growing #MeToo campaign. Rashtrapati Bhavan issued a statement Wednesday night that Akbar’s resignation had been accepted by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. Calling the allegations“fabricated,” Akbar had filed a criminal defamation case Monday CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Milestone in politics: how working women & technology scripted & will script change RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 THE LIST of those who have quit the Union Council of Ministers is one of heavyweights — starting with the first finance minister Devdutt’s Cycle: ‘When insecure men are pathetic, secure women stand up’ ASAD ALI RKShanmukhamChetty(1949), SyamaPrasadMookerjee(1950), B R Ambedkar (1951), Lal Bahadur Shashtri (1956), V Krishna Menon (1962), Jagjivan Ram (1977), V P Singh (1987), George Fernandes (1979 and 2001), Ram Vilas Paswan (2002), K Natwar Singh (2005) and A Raja (2010) among others. Certainly, junior foreign minister M J Akbar’s resignation Wednesday may seem a small step but it could be a big milestone in India’s evolving politics. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 VISHNU VARMA, UMA VISHNU & SHAJU PHILIP NILLAKAL, OCTOBER 17 Devdutt Pattanaik at the Express Adda in New Delhi topics including the #MeToo phenomenon that is sweeping CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Asian Age newspaper in the 1990s, accused him of sexual harassment and assault. Ramani’s lawyer Rebecca John told The Indian Express that Akbar’sresignationisunlikelyto have any impact on the defamation case — it is to come up in court Thursday — as it is up for “cognizance” and “nothing will happentomorrow”.ButJohnsaid now that Akbar has resigned, she does not know “howinterestedhewillbeinfastforwarding the case”. She said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day One: Sabarimala opens to violent protests, no woman gets entry into shrine NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 “MY GOAL in life in all my books, and I write a lot, for over 20 years, has been to get Saraswati out of the closet. She belongs everywhere and she has to flow everywhere.” That was author and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik at the Express Adda on Tuesday where he opened up on a range of ME TOO Prohibitory orders were issued in Sabarimala after violence by those opposed to entry of women of all ages. PTI PROTESTS INTENSIFIED and turned violent Wednesday as the Sabarimala temple opened its doors to devotees for the first time since the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the shrine. And after clashes with devotees and attacks on women journalists along the road to the Lord Ayappashrineandcallsbyfringe groups for a strike Thursday, prohibitory orders were issued at Pamba and Nilakkal. Despite assurances by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINED: ROAD TO SABARIMALA, P 9
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