TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, LUCKNOW, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Need to rethink Vishakha to include incidents from past: Its author Justice Manohar The Indian Express wishes its readers on Vijayadashami. We are closed today. There will be no edition of the paper on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Ailing for long, N D Tiwari dies on birthday ‘Need to relook at Section 509 IPC (gesture to insult modesty), things have changed’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 NARAYAN DUTT TIWARI 1925-2018 PRADEEP KAUSHAL NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 HOURSAFTERheturned93,veteran politician N D Tiwari, died here on Thursday. Tiwari was ailing for a long time, and undergoing treatment at Max Super Speciality Hospital since September last year after a brainstroke.Hebreathedhislast at 2.50 pm. Doctors said the end came after a heart attack. For many years, Tiwari was perceived as potential prime ministerial material just in case the Congress were to look for someone from beyond the dynasty. He had everything working in his favour — mass appeal in the Hindi heartland, Brahmin roots, education, proven administrative competence and wide acceptability. And he almost got his chance, but luck played the spoiler. He lost the Lok Sabha election by only 800 votes in 1991, and P VNarasimha Raobecame Prime Minister after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. ThoughTiwarididnotgetthe topjob, he did occupy important positions during his long career. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The battle after Dussehra BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA At the RSS hqs in Nagpur where Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat delivered his Vijayadashami address. Monica Chatutvedi VIJAYADASHAMI ADDRESS IN NAGPUR In poll yr, RSS chief asks Govt to bring in law for Ram temple Sabarimala verdict did not consider tradition, so unrest... votaries of urban Naxalism eroding fear of law: Bhagwat VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, OCTOBER 18 RETURNING THE spotlight on the Ayodhya issue ahead of the assembly polls in states and the Lok Sabha elections next year, RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat Thursday urged the government to bring in a law for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site, and urgedtheSupremeCourt,where hearing on the title suits are to resume later this month, to expedite its decision. In his customary Vijayadashami address at the RSS headquarters, where Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and K Alphons and Nobel laureateactivist Kailash Satyarthi were among those present, Bhagwat said:“Theplaceof Janmabhoomi is yet to be allocated for the constructionof thetemplealthough all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place. There is an ob- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY vious gameplan of a few elements to stall the judgment by presenting various newer interventionsinthejudicialprocess.It is in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.” “Theconstructionof thetemple is necessary from the selfesteem point of view; it will also pave the way for an atmosphere of goodwill and oneness in the country. This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains. Despite such machinations, the decision regarding ownership of the land should be expedited, and the Government should clear the path for construction of the grand temple through appropriate and requisite law,” he said. On the Sabarimala row over the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages to enter theshrine,theRSSchief said“the nature and premise of the tradition that has been accepted by society and continuously followed foryearstogetherwere not taken into consideration”. “The version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees was not taken into account. The plea by a large section of women, who follow this tradition, was not heard.Thelegalverdicthasgiven rise to unrest, turmoil and divisiveness in society in place of peace, stability and equality. The questions such as why only the Hindu society First time since 2014, Dussehra speech refers to Ram temple LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 THAT ELECTIONS are a political imperative for the RSS too is evident by the fact that the Ram temple which hit headlines Thursday did not find mention in the last four Vijayadashami speeches of the RSS chief. An analysis of past Vijayadashami speeches of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat reveals that the last time he raised the demand for a Ram temple in Ayodhya was in 2012, less than two years before 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The subject of voting, too, raised in Thursday’s speech last found mention in his 2013 Vijayadashmi speech, months ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.“...non-voting or using the provision of None of the Above CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Temple board signals climbdown, CPM relief & welcome NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 NEVER HAS a religious issue cleaved as many fault lines in Kerala’s politics as the continuing impasse at the doors of the Sabarimala temple. Since it opened to the public for the first time Wednesday aftertheSupremeCourtallowed the entry of women of all ages into the Lord Ayappa shrine, violent protests, a state-wide strike and prohibitory orders have dominated the state. Deeper down, the ruling CPM and the Opposition Congress and BJP are aware that Sabarimala has the potential to upendpoliticsinanelectionyear and so each one is carefully calibrating, and even re-calibrating, its stand. Perhaps that’s why with few signs of the protests waning, the CPMThursday signalled a subtle shift. The Sabarimala temple is managed by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), whose president is CPM leader A Padmakumar. So far, TDB has toed the line of the CPM-led government but today it said it was ready for a “climbdown” to bring peace to the hill shrine, including a review petition. Welcoming this, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said: “The board can takeanindependentdecisionon the Supreme Court verdict which allowed entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala. The government does not want to intervene in the decision of the board. The government has not objected to the board move to go with a review petition. The governmentwouldwholeheartedlywelcome if theboard orany PAGE 7 Court agrees to hear Akbar’s case on Oct 31 SOMYA LAKHANI NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 A DELHI court on Thursday took cognizance of the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister and former editor MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani. The court directed him to appear on October 31 when Akbar’s statement will be recorded in connection with the complaint. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal said: “I take cognizance of the offence ME TOO under Section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the IPC. Examination of the complaint andthewitnesseswillhappenat the next hearing.” The court will begin presummoningevidenceinthecase on October 31. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Some perverted minds started #MeToo: MoS Radhakrishnan wisdom PONRADHAKRISHNAN,Minister of State for Finance and Shipping and BJP MP from Kanyakumari, has said that the #MeToo movement has been started by “some pervertedminds”.Healsosaid“if someonesaysthatyoudidsomething wrong while playing with them in Class 5, will you accept such an allegation”. Respondingtoareporterwho, while referring to Minister M J Akbar’s resignation, asked him if this has led to a situation where anyone can level any allegation, Radhakrishnan said: “You forget about the minister and all that. You see this, you are working closely with women, we all are... Butifsomeoneaccusesyouofthe same, if someone says that you didsomethingwrongwhileplaying with them in Class 5, will you accept such an allegation? Will you? This is happening because ofactsbysomepervertedminds.” “This corrupts the purity of ourland,itevendiscreditsthehonour of our women. This is not a good thing. Suppose now men also start it, what an insult it would be. Men can make such accusation about women... and get away with it. Can we go after allthat?Whatjusticeisthis?This is not done,” he said. ‘Was provoked’: Gun-toting son of ex-MP surrenders in Delhi court Under I-T scanner: 7500 Indians who own prime homes in Dubai KHUSHBOO NARAYAN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Outside Patiala House Courts in New Delhi. Tashi Tobgyal MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Congress boxed in, BJP benefits and CPM scrambles for cover in rapidly shifting Sabarimala politics MANOJ C G ASINDIA’Sown#MeToogathers momentum, the lone woman SupremeCourtjudge,partof the three-judge bench that laid down the landmark Vishakha guidelines in 1997 to address sexual harassment at the workplace, said that “it is time to rethink”thelawto address incidents in the past — from framing new norms to relooking penal Justice provisions. Sujata In 1997, Manohar Justice (retired) Sujata Manohar, with then Chief Justice of India (late) J S Verma and Justice (retired) B N Kirpal, delivered the verdict laying downlegallybindingobligations on institutions regarding prohibition, prevention and redressal of sexual harassment at workplace. KSRTC buses lie parked at a bus depot in Ernakulam, Kerala where a bandh was observed Thursday. Harikrishnan K R ONTHErunfortwodaysafterhe was caught on video brandishing a gun at Hyatt Regencyhotel, Ashish Pandey, son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey, surrendered before a Delhi court Thursday. He has been sent to police custody till Friday. On Wednesday, a Delhi court issued a non-bailable warrant against Pandey for brandishing the firearm and threatening a man and a woman following an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 18 THEINCOMETax(IT)department has launched an investigation againstatleast7,500Indianswho haveboughthigh-endproperties in Dubai in the last few years, sources told The Indian Express. TheIntelligenceandCriminal Investigation (I&CI) wing of the tax department has obtained data of Indian nationals who have invested in real estate in Dubai and is probing the source of funds of such investments abroad. Sources said the tax authority is also investigating if SET UP PANELS: MANEKA TO PARTIES Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi Thursday urged all recognised political parties to set up internal committees immediately to look into complaints of sexual harassment. MORE REPORTS PAGE 6 these real estate assets acquired byIndianshavebeendeclaredto the tax agency. In the first three months of 2018, at least 1,387 Indian nationals have invested AED 3 billion through 1,550 real estate transactions in Dubai, according to the Dubai Land Development. In 2017 alone, Indian investors invested AED 15.6 billion in Dubai. As per the Dubai Land Development statistics, in five years between 2013 and 2017, Indian nationals have bought properties worth AED 83.65 billion in Dubai. Under Indian laws, it is not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WAIT ENDS FOR INDIA’S FIRST UTERINE TRANSPLANT BABY: IT’S A GIRL! ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, OCTOBER 18 THE MOMENT Meenakshi and Hitesh Valand had been waiting foreightyears,anda20-member team at Pune’s Galaxy Hospital for 17-18 months, finally passed withinminutesintheearlyhours of Thursday. At 12.12 am, after a 12-minute Caesaran section operation, India had its first baby born following a uterine transplant—a1.4-kggirlwholetouta robust cry at birth. Tearsrolleddownhercheeks as she heard that sound, said Meenakshi, 27. “It was like music to my ears.” So it was for Dr Shailesh Puntambekar,thedirectorof the hospital and a laparoscopic surgeon, too. “We did it,” he said. “Creating life out of a transplanted organ is the biggest medical feat we have achieved. Rest of the organs give life to a patient. We have created life out of a patient — yes, that is the biggest feeling I have.” Thefirstuterinetransplantin the world was done in 2002. Since then, there have been 27 such transplants, with only 11 women going on to have successful deliveries. Meenakshi, a beautician from Bharuch in Gujarat, is now the 12th, points out in-vitro fertilisation specialist Dr Pankaj Kulkarni, who was part of the team monitoring Meenakshi. Nine of the other 11 babieswereborninSweden,and two in the US. InMeenakshi’scasetoo,itwas a roller-coaster ride. On May 18 and 19 last year, she along with ShivammaChalgerifromSolapur in Maharashtra underwent the country’sfirstuterinetransplants. Inbothcases,thewomen’smothers donated their uterus. Shivammawasthefirsttoreceive embryo transfer, in January this year, but lost the child after two She was born 12.12 am on Thursday in Galaxy Hospital Pune. Mother Meenakshi got the transplant last May. Arul Horizon months of pregnancy. In April this year, an embryo was transferred into Meenakshi’swombandresulted inapregnancy.Shehasspentthe past five months now in Room No. 406 at Galaxy Hospital, under strict monitoring. In the middle,aftershedevelopedmild diabetes because of the immuno-suppressant drugs she was on, tests for liver and kidney functions were performed. The maximum doctors wait before they carry out C-secs in uterine transplant cases is 34 weeks. While Meenakshi was in the32ndweekof pregnancy,the C-sec had been already sched- uled for October 21 as she had pregnancy-induced hypertension plus the doctors did not want to take a chance with the transplanted uterus having last seen a pregnancy 25 years ago. On Wednesday, after Meenakshi’sbloodpressureshot up and her amniotic fluid declined sharply, they decided to do an operation immediately. Dr Nita Varty, a Mumbaibased laparoscopic gynaecologist and also part of the uterine transplant programme, was summoned immediately, while a neonatal team headed by Dr Sandeep Kadam came in from Pune’sRatnaMemorialHospital. Dr Varty said the baby was in the breach position, with the head up and feet down. “We were also worried as a transplanted uterus may notbehave like a normal one. Fortunately the uterine transplant was done laparoscopically (with minimum incision) and hence there were no adhesions inside. Itwaslike anormaldelivery,” she said. Gynaecologist Dr Milind Telang said the rest of the process was also smooth. “The uterus was sutured in 26 minutes and the blood loss was barely 100 ml.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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