DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `4.00. WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CBI VS GOVT Citing breach of confidentiality, furious SC adjourns Verma hearing until Nov 29 Our effort to maintain the respect of this institution is not being shared by everyone, says CJI bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 THE EDITORIAL PAGE GOVT-RBI: THE NEW BALANCE OF POWER BY SHAJI VIKRAMAN PAGE 10 FURIOUS OVER what it considered breach of confidentiality of CBI Director Alok Verma’s reply to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner’s report on the charges against him, and details of CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha’s petition being made public, the bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Tuesday adjourned until November 29 the hearing on Verma’s petition. The CBI chief has challenged the government’s October 23 decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave. In a stern warning to parties in the case, the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said: “This court is not a platform for people to come and express what they want. This is a place for adjudication of legal rights. This is not right. We intend to set it right.” It also observed: “Our effort to maintain the respect of this institution is not being shared by everyone.” As soon as proceedings began, the bench handed over a news report to senior advocate Fali S Nariman who has been representing Verma. “This is just for you. We are not giving this to you as counsel for Alok Verma... We have given this to you as one of the most respected senior members. What do you say? Please say... Would you like to help us?” the bench said. At this, Nariman said: “I also read about it in the morning papers and I was really upset.” He said the press had to be free as well as responsible. “I am deeply disturbed.” As the bench persisted with its queries, he said: “I would respectfully request your lordships to summon the person who edits it. How can this leak? How can this come?” The bench pointed out that advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, also appearing for Verma, had mentioned the matter Monday, seeking BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY At a polling station in Raipur on Tuesday. PTI In poll-bound MP, Sushma: Won’t be in 2019 election fray CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE MEDIA HAS A ROLE IN QUALITY OF JUSTICE PAGE 10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Lone has company: PDP’s heavyweight Baig offers to join BHOPAL, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 A Gawliwada community member in Naydongri village in Nashik. The clan of buffalo herders needs 50,000 litres of water for its animals every day in this village. Nirmal Harindran Parched villages begin to empty out in drought-hit Maharashtra At UNICEF Children’s Day, 13-year-old skips school to clean toilets SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 20 EXPLAINED E ● ‘People looking for change’ and his party a home, Baig said: “I was a friend of his (Sajad Lone’s) father Abdul Gani Lone (who was assassinated by Pakbacked militants in 2002). I have also prepared the constitution of Peoples Conference.” Lone welcomed his statement: “I am humbled...A person of his stature, experience and intellect can be the defining CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Homecoming may reshape J&K politics THIS IS the clearest signal that the Centre is serious about propping an alternative to the two key regional mainstream parties in J&K, the National Conference and PDP. Muzaffar Baig carries weight as a PDP founding member, former Deputy CM, Finance Minister and Law Minister. His decision to throw his weight behind Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone, who is being promoted by the Centre as its new man in J&K, will bolster Lone’s efforts to cobble a third front to form a government. If Baig exits PDP, others may join him — nephew and MLA Javaid Baig and wife Safina Baig who heads the PDP women’s wing. Baig was once a member of Lone’s party. This homecoming may re-shape politics in the Valley. WORLD NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 FEDERAL JUDGE BARS US FROM ENFORCING TRUMP ASYLUM BAN KABUL: 50 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLAST AT CLERICS’ GATHERING PAGE 14 Rabi crop severely hit; villagers migrate for jobs, animals in tow KAVITHA IYER & PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS NASHIK/OSMANABAD, NOV 20 IN NAYDONGRI village in Nashik’s Nandgaon taluka, water scarcity in the summer months is an annual worry, but in the over five decades that the Gawliwada or community of buffalo herders has been here, distress migration has never been a concern. After all, with 1,800 to 2,000 water buffaloes to care for, the Gawli clan of Naydongri cannot very well relocate at will. This year, however, with summer still four months away and acute water scarcity settling in already, Shankar Umaji Namde, 60, is in talks with landowners in Niphad, nearly 100 km away, to locate an alter- AMONG WORST-HIT AREAS Nashik Aurangabad Parbhani Hingoli Jalna Beed Osmanabad Nanded Latur DRY WAVE PART 1 STATING THAT two convicts in an anti-Sikh riots case had “escaped the process of law” since 1984, a Delhi court Tuesday awarded death sentence to one and life imprisonment to another. This is the first death penalty awarded in cases probed by a PAGE 1 ANCHOR Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted in 2015 to re-investigate “serious criminal cases”. Delivering the sentence on the premises of Tihar Jail where he held court due to security concerns, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Ajay Pandey said the court must “rise” to the demand of society since “unaddressed pain and grievance may bring distrust and disaffection towards the procedure and efficacy of law”. After the verdict Tuesday in New Delhi. Tashi Tobgyal native site for their animals. They plan to leave the children behind in the care of the elderly to make sure a school year is not lost. Some younger women will stay back too. The men will look to quickly establish the market linkages crucial to their business. “Families will be split, all manner of other problems will arise, not to mention that it will be a year of deep losses,” says Namde, a sunburnt man who greets visitors to his home with piping hot cups of fresh, creamy The boy cleaning the toilet at Thyagaraj Stadium. Abhinav Saha CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 First death sentence awarded in 1984 riot cases re-opened by SIT: Unaddressed pain, grievance ABHISHEK ANGAD DECISION 2018 SPRINGING A surprise, External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj 71.93% TURNOUT IN announced Tuesday that she will SECOND PHASE OF not contest the Lok Sabha polls CHHATTISGARH in 2019. POLLS Citing health reasons, 66-year-old Swaraj, who repre- PROHIBITION A POLL sents Vidisha in Lok Sabha and is PEG IN MIZORAM P 12 serving her fourth term in the House, told reporters in Indore: “It is the party which decides, but advised me that I should avoid I have made up my mind not to exposure to dust. Because of this, contest the next (Lok Sabha) I am unable to take part even in elections due to health reasons.” election rallies,” she said. “Due to health reasons, I canShe had undergone kidney not participate in outdoor pubtransplant in 2016. lic programmes... I “After being have also told my elected from Vidisha MADHYA PRADESH party leadership, that as Lok Sabha MP, I was in view of health reaLeader of Opposition. NOVEMBER 28 sons, I have to avoid Later, I was given the responsibility of External Affairs such exposure,” she said. The significance of Swaraj’s Ministry. Despite holding these prime posts, I used to visit all announcement is its place and assembly segments in my con- time — barely a week before stituency every month for nearly polls in Madhya Pradesh eight years. Doctors have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BASHAARAT MASOOD IN Amajor setback to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its veteran leader and parliamentarian Muzaffar Hussain Baig threw his weight behind Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone and said he will “seriously consider joining” the third front. Sources said Baig’s move is also meant to pre-empt moves afoot in the PDP, NC and the Congress to come together and stake claim to form the government in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since the BJP-PDP alliance came unstuck. “There is a possibility of a third front, people are looking for change,” Baig said. “If it emerges, I will seriously consider joining it”. Calling Sajad Lone his son OVER IN CHHATTISGARH He awarded the death penalty to convict Yashpal and life imprisonment to Naresh Sehrawat who were “participants of an unlawful assembly” which murdered Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh in Mahipalpur on October 31, 1984 in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. A fine of Rs 35 lakh each was imposed on the two convicts and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT ABHINAV SAHA & SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 COURT FRAMES SEDITION CHARGE AGAINST HARDIK P 3 GOVT ANNOUNCES MEASURES FOR LION CONSERVATION PAGE 4 INSIDE THE building at Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium, a group of children played football with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar as part of UNICEF’s World Children’s Day celebrations. Outside, the 13-year-old boy sat alone, wearing an orange vest, tired after spending the day cleaning the men’s washroom in the building, and loading and unloading water canisters during the event. Feeling left out from all the excitement inside, the boy said: “Mujhe accha nahin lag raha hai (I’m not feeling very good).” All that he knows, he said, is that his mother sent him to work here for the day. “I have been at the venue since 8 am, and will be here till 5 pm. I will get Rs 350 for this work. This is the first time I am working, I go to school usually,” he said, adding that he stayed near the stadium with his parents, elder sister and two younger brothers. “My father works in the pantry of an office and my mother works as domestic help,” he said. UNICEF “works in 190 countries and territories to save CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Upper-caste backlash makes Twitter cut sorry figure Twitter regrets after photo of Dorsey holding placard that says ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’; US-based poster designer says I have nothing but empathy for Jack SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 SECURITY NET: 10 YEARS LATER, WHAT’S CHANGED AT CST STATION PAGE 8 AN IDEAS SERIES PART 2 PAGE 11 TWO YEARS ago, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, US-based Dalit rights activist and artist, designed a poster of a Dalit woman holding up a placard that read “Smash Brahminical Patriarchy” as part of her work on caste, gender and religious intolerance. That set off a storm on social media Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey being accused of “Hinduphobia” and “inciting violence and hate” for a picture that showed him holding the poster. Just days ago, Dorsey had got the red carpet Left and Right including a meeting with the PM. After all, Soundararajan said, with the #MeTooIndia movement, the country should have been more ready than ever to discuss how “caste impunity perpetuates gender-based violence”. “I have nothing but empathy for Jack. For one day, simply for carrying a piece of Dalit feminist art, he got a taste of violence that Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi (DBA) women and gender non-binary folks face on a daily basis,” Thenmozhi told The Indian Express. Soundararajan was aware that Sanghapali Aruna of Project Mukti, who works on digital literacy among the DBA and Muslim communities, was set to meet the Twitter CEO during his recent India visit and gift him two of her posters (the second reads ‘End Caste Apartheid’). But she says she never antic- Dorsey with the poster ipated the online backlash that led Twitter to quickly clarify: “It is not a statement from Twitter or our CEO, but a tangible reflection of our company’s efforts to see, hear, and understand all sides of important public conversations that happen on our service around the world.” Twitter’s legal head Vijaya Gadde apologised. “I’m very sorry for this. It’s not reflective of our views. We took a private photo with a gift just given to us — we should have been more thoughtful. Twitter strives to be an impartial platform for all. We failed to do that here & we must do better to serve our customers in India,” she tweeted. Twitter’s regret came after a flood of messages that slammed the poster as “Brahminophobic.” Serving IPS officer Sandeep Mittal, Joint Secretary (Parliament), tweeted from his verified handle that the picture has “potential of causing communal riots”...and is a “fit case for registering a criminal case for attempt to destabilise the nation.” Aruna, who had a conversa- tion with Dorsey on the links between caste and gender, said she failed to understand why Twitter needed to apologise when it would never be an apologist for white supremacy. The posters, she said, were meant to call out the institutionalised oppression, both on ground and online. “Caste system doesn’t operate only on ground but also on these platforms. Our communities are new to this platform, especially since many are not familiar with English as a medium. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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