eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE The Land of Steady Habits AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY NOVEMBER 18, 2018 20+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 8 ‘WE WILL BACK BSP CANDIDATES... LEFT TO ME, I WOULD MAKE MAYAWATIJI PM NOW’ CHANDRASHEKHAR AZAD, Bhim Army chief 3 GUJARAT Rs 1,300-CR PACKAGE FOR 45 RAIN-DEFICIENT TALUKAS IN STATE ● ESSEL INFRA TO BUILD DESALINATION PLANT, TO SELL WATER TO GOVT Jaitley slams Naidu bar on CBI: Step by those who seek to hide MILIND GHATWAI BIG PICTURE WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Death of Gajaraj Seven elephants died of electrocution in Odisha last month. What is forcing the pachyderms into harm’s way? PNB FRAUD With hug, promises, Modi reaches out to Maldives President ME TOO NCW wants separate law to address gender bias at workplace Ibrahim Solih, who replaced pro-China Yameen, says will fortify ties with India SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 WITH PRIME Minister Narendra Modi among his audience, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldives said Saturday that he would strengthen bilateral relations with India and other neighbouring countries, and would work to ensure stability in the Indian Ocean. Modi, who was seated between former Maldives presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, met Solih and hugged him, after the new President was sworn in. This was the first time that Modi had attended the swearing-in of any foreign leader. Modi and Solih, who had a bilateral meeting just after the swearing-in, “agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being mindful of each other’s concerns and aspirations for the stability of the region”, a joint statement said. This is aimed at addressing concerns stemming from China’s assertive activities in the Indian Ocean region. Three Chinese naval ships had docked CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NATION LOOTED: SOLIH, P 15 SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 Prime Minister Modi greets new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male Saturday. PTI BHOPAL, NOVEMBER 17 A DAY after Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal withdrew their “general consent” to the CBI to investigate cases in these states, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Saturday that “there is no sovereignty of any state in the matter of corruption”, and that “only those who have a lot to hide take the step of not letting the CBI come to the state”. Jaitley, who was addressing reporters after releasing the BJP’s manifesto for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, alleged that the decision by N Chandrababu Naidu’s government was motivated by a general fear of what investigations might reveal rather than by any particular case. In the case of West Bengal, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FINANCE SECY ADHIA RETIRES NOV 30, UIDAI CHIEF PANDEY WILL REPLACE HIM P16 Krishna sings, Krishna is heard DIPANITA NATH & SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 17 ON A crisp winter evening, with a half moon in the sky, T M Krishna did not spend time talking politics. He sang it. “Sangeet ko bantney ke liye aaye hai hum, baatcheet ke liye nahin,so I am not going to speak,” said the vocalist before commencing on the first piece — multi-religious verses put together by Mahatma Gandhi and sung at Sabarmati Ashram. Almost a thousand people had turned up at The Garden of Five Senses at Said ul Ajaib in New Delhi, many of them standing throughout the two-hour concert. Krishna was performing in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT, PAGE 2 In its 50th year, Shrilal Shukla’s Raag Darbari continues to show us how little myths and delicious ironies are a part of Indian democracy PAGES 10-11 T M Krishna performs at the Garden of Five Senses in New Delhi Saturday. Amit Mehra UNDERSCORING THE need to define the boundaries of acceptable behaviour at the workplace, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Saturday decided to look at a separate law or policy that would address all kinds of gender-based discrimination at the workplace beyond sexual harassment. The decision was taken following a day-long consultative meeting to review the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, at the NCW’s office in New Delhi in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has swept the country since October. Justice (retired) Sujata V Manohar, who was part ofthe three-judge Bench that laid down the landmark Vishakha guidelines in 1997 to address sexual harassment at the workplace, co-chaired the consultations with NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma. Justice Manohar said: “The current definition (as per Section 2(n) of the Act) is not adequate to cover all kinds of harassment based on sex. We need a law to address gender-based discrimination in its entirety. After all, the Constitution prohibits discrimination based on sex.” She said that such a comprehensive law should cover “sexbased discrimination that is not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Interpol notice on way, Choksi seeks to make video statement Lawyers file fresh applications, tell court he is ill, will return to India in three months if his health improves SADAF MODAK & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN Mehul Choksi, accused in PNB scam, is in the Caribbean. MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 17 WITH INTERPOL likely to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Mehul Choksi next week, his lawyer told a court Saturday that the fugitive jeweller is not fit to travel, and that his statement could be recorded either through video conferencing or in person if Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers could travel to Antigua. In a fresh application filed through his lawyers Sanjay Abbot and Ashul Agarwal before the designated court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Choksi undertook to appear before the court as soon as he was medically fit to travel to India, “most likely within the next three months”. “It is submitted that the accused (Choksi) is ready and willing to cooperate with the investigating agencies, however, due to his health he is unable to travel. However, this honourable court may direct the investigating officers to travel to Antigua where the accused is currently residing which will enable them to conduct investigation,” the application said. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are under investigation by the ED and CBI for alleged fraudulent transactions worth over CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 PINARAYI VIJAYAN COMRADE UNCOMPROMISE DECISION 2018 Campaign ends today, Jogi says will die but won’t give or take BJP support DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIGARH, NOVEMBER 17 WITH THREE days to go for the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls and one day left for the end of campaigning for the second phase, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) party president Ajit Jogi Saturday “swore an oath” that he would “die” before allying with the BJP. His statement comes a day after the Jogi-led coalition of the JCC(J)-BSP-CPI drew sharp criticism from the Congress after Jogi was quoted by a news channel on November 15 as saying that in politics “you cannot rule out anything”. The same day, BSP chief Mayawati said that the coalition would not ally with anyone and would sit in Opposition if needed. On November 15, asked a question by NDTV on whether he was not ruling out an alliance with the BJP, Jogi had said, “In politics, you can’t rule out anything. Anything can happen. But CHHATTISGARH NOVEMBER 20 I’m quite certain that eventuality will not arise.” While Jogi did say later in the interview that Chief Minister Raman Singh had attacked him over the years, the comment spread quickly throughout the state, with the Congress alleging that it was an admission that Jogi was batting for the BJP behind the scenes. Scrambling to control the damage Saturday, Jogi told reporters in a press conference, “I will die but I will not give the BJP support. I will prefer to hang by the noose but I will neither take nor give the BJP support. I put my hands on all the holy books and swear an oath and I will neither take nor give the BJP support.” The development is significant in seats where Jogi and the BSP have influence, particularly those with a high percentage of Scheduled Caste voters. The coalition forced the state into a three-cornered contest for the first time, with much of this vote, given Jogi’s history, coming from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Chouhan’s bait: Bonus scheme After leaving BJP in Sept, for farmer for new govt to bear Manvendra Singh is Cong nominee against CM Raje HARISH DAMODARAN HARDA, DEWAS (MP), NOV 17 have traditionally supported the BJP, the Congress hopes to corJAIPUR, NOVEMBER 17 ner their votes this time following their disenchantment with THE CONGRESS Saturday an- BJP. As per BJP’s internal docunounced that Manvendra Singh, ments, Rajputs constitute 7.78 son of ailing BJP leader Jaswant per cent of the state’s electorate Singh, will contest the December and form the majority in 21 seats 7 Assembly polls in and have the second Rajasthan against highest numbers in RAJASTHAN Chief Minister 17 other seats, in DECEMBER 7 Vasundhara Raje in state’s 200 Assembly the Jhalrapatan Assembly seat. constituencies. The Congress move is seen as Singh won the 2004 Lok symbolic, following protests by Sabha polls on a BJP ticket from Rajput groups against Raje over Barmer and in 2013, was fielded the film Padmaavat and the en- as an MLA from Barmer’s Sheo counter of gangster Anandpal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Singh last year. While Rajputs MORE REPORTS, PAGE 6 HAMZA KHAN EVEN AS the ruling BJP battles anti-incumbency amongst rural voters ahead of polling for the state Assembly on November 28, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has an ace up his sleeve. MADHYA PRADESH NOVEMBER 28 On October 5, his government declared a Rs 500-perquintal bonus on soyabean and maize sold by farmers in the 2018-19 kharif marketing season, with the announcement Traders sample a farmer’s soyabean produce at an auction at Madhya Pradesh’s Harda mandi this week. Harish Damodaran made just a day before the Model Code of Conduct came into effect. But there is a catch. The bonus — “flat bhavantar”, as it is called — is applicable on the crop sold in regulated market yards or mandis from October 20 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A LY Q U E PA D A M S E E 1 9 2 8 - 2 0 1 8 Always champion, never challenger, he strode ad world like colossus RAMA BIJAPURKAR SPECIAL TO THE EXPRESS THEY JUST don’t make ad men like they used to. The charismatic Subhas Ghoshal, the charmingly intellectual Subroto Sengupta, the visionary people magnet Prashanta Sanyal. And now, joining that list of ad men who have died but will live forever, through legends about them, is Alyque Padamsee. To say that he was brilliant, impossible, dazzling, utterly his own person and the definer of Indian advertising is an understatement. Like he said in his one-line ad brief for Surf, “always the champion, never the challenger”. And no one could even come close to challenging the pedestal that he occupied — the world that he strode like a colossus. Advertising leaders of his generation revelled in their difference from the rest of the mere mortals in the world of market- Adman Alyque Padamsee; two of his iconic creations for Lintas, the Liril and Surf advertisements. Archive ing or business. Unlike subsequent generations, they never aspired to be suits. They pursued their passion as purists and the money followed. Lintas was my first job. A 20year-old graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, from a sheltered Army childhood, I had never set eyes on an ad man until Subroto Sengupta came to teach us advertising. Lintas came recruiting that year. They took six of us, the first MBAs they had ever recruited, in an experiment to put left brains alongside the right brained ones. On the first day in office, I saw a man in cowboy boots, jeans and a Stetson. Thunderstruck, I asked someone who he was. They pointed to a huge poster on the wall drawn by the uber talented Imtiaz Dharker, showing his back with a line that said “Alyque’s back”. I think he had returned from a sabbatical of some kind. The same evening about 6 pm, the peon took a call at the reception and said on the intercom, “Mr Padamsee, Mrs Padamsee is on the line”. He came out thundering, visibly irritated. “Which Mrs Padamsee you idiot, there are three of them.” (including his mother). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT, PAGE 7
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