DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019, LUCKNOW, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 MANOHAR PARRIKAR ■ 1955-2019 CM Parrikar loses his battle with cancer; Goa in political turmoil No one has numbers, all eyes are on Raj Bhavan SMITA NAIR PANAJI, MARCH 17 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE EDITORIAL PAGE BADLOANPOLICY IN RIGHTDIRECTION BY MANISH SABHARWAL PAGE 6 NCERT drops 3 chapters from Class 9 history, one on caste struggles GOA CHIEF Minister Manohar Parrikar lost a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer Sunday evening, breathing his last at his private residence in Dona Paula. The four-time Chief Minister and former Union Defence Minister was 63. Parrikar’s health worsened sharply Saturday, sending the BJP into a huddle, after which the party acknowledged that the “chances of his getting better are slim”. At 7 pm on Sunday evening, as relatives and close friends of the family started to arrive, the chief minister’s office posted on its official Twitter handle that Parrikar’s condition was “extremelycritical”andthatdoctors weretryingtheirbest.By7.30pm, the barricades had been erected, DirectorGeneralof PolicePranab Nanda and Chief Secretary Parimal Rai had arrived, and BJP leaders and workers had assembled in large numbers. Oneof thefirsttoconfirmthe news was President Ram Nath Kovind. The official Twitter handle of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid tribute to Parrikar’s “fortitude and dignity” in his fight with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SMITA NAIR PANAJI, MARCH 17 Manohar Parrikar passed away at his residence in Dona Paula, Sunday. He was 63. Archive The Parrikar way: Quick decisions, independent and unobvious style SMITA NAIR PANAJI, MARCH 17 IT MUST have been one of those muggy Goan afternoons when theambitioussonof asmalltown grocer, fresh from his stint at IITBombay,decidedtoscouramarketplace for an opportunity to manufacture and sell jute sacks. Hewasatrainedmetallurgistbut that didn’t matter — in just three months, he made good the loan he took from his mother. This unobvious and independentstyle,backedbyswiftdecision-making, would soon define the political journey of Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar — beginning with Subhash Velingkar, his mentor and RSS guru, handpicking him asthefuturefaceoftheBJPinGoa. NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New trail in Randhawa poaching case: Misuse of sports quota gun licences RITIKA CHOPRA THE NATIONAL Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has dropped three chapters from its Class 9 history textbook, including one that illustrates caste conflict through the struggles of the socalled ‘lower caste’ Nadar womenof Travancore,whowere forcedtokeeptheirupperbodies uncovered. Thedecisionto deletealmost 70 pages from the textbook, titled India and the Contemporary World - I, is part of the curriculum rationalisation exercise initiated at HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s behest to reduce the burden on students. This is the second textbook reviewundertakenundertheincumbent government. The revised textbooks will hit the shelves this month, before the new academic sessionbegins. In 2017, NCERT made 1,334 changes, which included additions,correctionanddataupdate in 182 textbooks. Of thethreechaptersdeleted, one (Clothing: A Social History) is on clothing and how social movements influenced how we dressed. The second chapter (History and Sport: The Story of Cricket) is on the history of cricketinIndiaanditsconnection tothepoliticsof caste,regionand community. The third chapter (Peasants and Farmers) focuses on the growth of capitalism and howcolonialismalteredthelives of peasants and farmers. ‘Clothing: A Social History’ is thelastchapterofthetextbook.It showshowchangesinclothingin England and India were shaped by their social movements. In those days, though, Parrikar had set his mind on establishing his business — he had setupahydraulicsfactorywitha Muslimpartner—andwasreluctant to take the political plunge. Three decades later, his political legacy speaks for itself: Chief Ministerof Goaonfouroccasions and the first Goan to serve as Defence Minister of India. WITHIN HOURS of Manohar Parrikar’s demise, two meetings in separate settings began in the state where weeks of political uncertainty had just entered its widely anticipated final phase. Their government’s future uncertain, BJP MLAs huddled in ahotelinthestatecapital,awaiting the arrival of Nitin Gadkari. The Union Minister was expectedsometimeaftermidnight. In another part of the city, MLAs from the Congress met at the residence of Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar for an impromptu CLP meetingtodiscussthenextsteps in their bid for power. In the Congress, there were apprehensions that the BJP might try to impose President’s Rule on the state. In the BJP camp, there was talk of Speaker MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 THREE MONTHS ago, Jyoti Randhawa was arrested on charges of alleged poaching at a reserve in UP. The international golferandnational-levelshooter is now out on bail but the case hasledofficialsdownanewtrail: the misuse of arms licences issued under the sports quota. So much so, that the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) FLIGHT TO NEW HOME WORLD Pelicans flock to a water body in Vinzol area of Ahmedabad, which is surrounded by industrial units. With drought in many parts of Gujarat, several reservoirs and wetlands have dried up. As a result, this year water birds like pelicans have been spotted in habitats, which till now were not known for hosting them. Javed Raja UTTAR PRADESH Congress leaves 7 seats for SP-BSP-RLD alliance MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, MARCH 17 THE CONGRESS on Sunday decided to leave seven Parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance.Earlier,thealliancehadannounced that it would not field candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethiseats,representedbyUPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and CongresspresidentRahulGandhi, respectively. State Congress president Raj Babbar told reporters, “The Congress is leaving seven Lok SabhaseatsinthestatefortheSP, BSP and RLD alliance. These include Mainpuri, Kannauj and Firozabad. Apart from this, the party will not field any candidate on seats from where BSP chief Mayawati, RLD chief Ajit Singh andhissonJayantChaudharyare likely to contest or may contest.” “TheyannouncedtoleaveRae Bareli and Amethi for us. Today, we have decided to leave seven seatsforthealliancebetweenSPBSP and RLD,” said Babbar. Babbar said the Congress wouldleaveonemoreseatforthe alliance,whichwouldbedeclared later.Hedidnotdenythepossibility of that seat being Azamgarh, which is represented by SP founderMulayamSinghYadavat present. The Congress, meanwhile, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE ATTACKS: TOLL RISES TO 50 HIGH SPEED, FAILED CLIMB FOR CRASHED ETHIOPIA FLIGHT PAGE 10 UTTAR PRADESH I WILL REACH YOU THROUGH UP’S LIFELINE, GANGA: PRIYANKA IN OPEN LETTER TO PEOPLE PAGE 3 As Gulf dream sours, Kerala wakes up to grim homecoming with dip in emigration figures PAGE 1 ANCHOR VISHNU VARMA KOTTAKKAL, MARCH 17 A restaurant offers Arabic food in Kottakkal. Vishnu Varma THE AIR is sultry. And in Kottakkal, a small town in Kerala’s Malabar region, a modest conference hall on the first floorof ahotelisfillingupquickly. As the clock ticks towards 2 pm, closeto300people,mostlymen, are crammed inside. Dressed in formals and standing on a small dais, Hamza Anchumukkil says, “Sorry brothers... We had ex- TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org pected 50-100 people.” Anchumukkil,amotivational speakerandself-madebusinessman,isholdingafreeseminaron the basics of running a business and the strategies to follow. “A lot of expatriate Malayalis who arereturningfromtheGulf toset up businesses in Kerala are failing.Soit’simportanttoknowthe basics before starting an enterprise,” he says. The turnout he is addressing underscoresaproblemthatKerala has long feared: the return of the ‘pravasi’(expatriate)GulfMalayali and the bleak future they face. Theoilboominthe1970sprovided the perfect conditions for the average Malayali to prosper, eager to escape the poverty and joblessness back home. The stream of cheap labour was harnessed by the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Randhawa was granted bail last month. Archive hasformeda“workinggroup”to investigate this trend. “It is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former SC judge Justice P C Ghose all set to head India’s first Lokpal ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 FIVE YEARS after the Lokpal Act receivedthePresident’snod,formerSupremeCourtjudgeJustice PinakiChandraGhoseisallsetto head thecountry’s first Lokpal — thenationalanti-corruptionombudsman. A high-level selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justiceof IndiaRanjanGogoi,Lok SabhaSpeakerSumitraMahajan and Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi,thepanel’s“eminentjurist member”, cleared Justice Ghose’s name at its meeting Friday, official sources said. Congress leader and Leader of the largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, did notattendthemeeting as a “Special Invitee”. Justice Ghose was appointed judge of the Supreme Court in March 2013 and retired in May 2017. He is currently a member of the National Human Rights Commission. In February 2017, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice Ghose was SC judge from 2013 to 2017 What Lokpal canorcan’t do ITS jurisdiction extends to sitting and former PMs, sitting and former ministers and MPs, and all public servants. But not if the allegation relates to international relations, external and internal security, public order, atomic energy and space. Or in respect of anything said or a vote given in Parliament, or any House committee. Chinese envoy says optimistic that Azhar matter will be resolved SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 17 DAYS AFTER China put a technical hold on the proposal to list Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for the fourth time, China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui Sunday expressed optimism that the “matter” would be resolved. “We are optimistic that this matterwillberesolved,”Luosaid onthesidelinesof aneventatthe Chinese embassy in New Delhi when asked about Beijing putting a hold on Azhar’s listing by China’s Ambassador Luo Zhaohui the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 Sanctions Committee. OnWednesday,Chinastalled for the fourth time in a decade the bid in the UNSC to designate Azharbyputtingatechnicalhold on the proposal. India described the Chinese move as “disappointing”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.