TheIndianEXPRESS LATE CITY CHANDIGARH, SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2014 20+6 (NEWSLINE) + 4 (CLASSIFIED) PAGES Rs. 5.00 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SECULARISM IS DEAD! CHOUHAN LEADS A ALAGIRI SPREADS THE WORD: ‘SCAM DEFEAT THE DMK STATE’: UPA IS A MA-BETE KI SONIA 20 4 THE FEVER BY SHEKHAR GUPTA Reviews NATIONAL INTEREST RAJNATH : WON’T REQUIRE JAYA SUPPORT ELECTIONS PAGE 10 PGS 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 EXPRESS Edit twitter.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com SARKAR, SAYS MODI facebook.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com/Apps 2 STATES ENTERTAINMENT P16, BOOKS P17 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA Bitter Lemon BUTTER CHICKEN WITH SAMBHAR IDLI ChandigarhNewsline ● KHUSHPREET CASE: ALL 3 CONVICTS GET LIFE IN JAIL ● DDF CASE: NO PROGRESS AFTER NOTICE, OFFICER SAYS WAS BUSY WITH POLL Modi sent emissaries to open talks on Kashmir, says hawk Geelani GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ [1927-2014 ] Reality loses a little magic MIR EHSAN AP SRINAGAR, APRIL 18 HARDLINE separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Friday claimed that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, had sent emissaries to him seeking help to resolve the Kashmir issue, but he had rejected the overture. “On March 22, two men came to meet me. They were our Pandit brothers, who sought my help in resolving the Kashmir dispute,” Geelani said but did not identify the men. He claimed the men asked him if he wished to talk to Modi. “They conveyed to me that if I am ready to offer any assistance... I can contact Narendra Modi directly and seek some commitment visà-vis the Kashmir issue,” he told reporters. Geelani said he rejected the proposal and told them that Modi was an RSS man and followed the same ideology, and everyone was aware of the RSS and the Kashmir policy of the BJP, which Modi represented. “I told the men about Modi’s role as chief minister during the 2002 Gujarat riots and how 3,000 Muslims were massacred. I also conveyed to them that Modi can never show any softness or seriousness for a resolution of Kashmir,’’ he said. Geelani, who arrived from New Delhi on April 16, said the BJP was sure that Modi would be the next prime minister of India. “They (BJP) have already started communicating with the separatist leadership of Kashmir. (Modi’s) men are trying to read the minds of Kashmiri leaders and want to convey to them how he will be soft on Kashmir,’’ he said, adding that some separatist leaders have through media statements already said that Modi would be soft on Kashmir. “These leaders actually met the emissaries of Modi,” Geelani claimed. The chairman of the moderate Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, had recently said they were hopeful about Modi, and wished the BJP would take A B Vajpayee’s mission forward. Geelani also asked people to boycott the polls and urged them to observe a shutdown and a civil curfew on the days the three seats in the Valley vote. Geelani (centre) on Friday. AAP volunteers speak to a sadhu at a ghat in Varanasi. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is in the fray for the seat. Modi refers to Muzaffarnagar riots to attack Mulayam ‘Balaatkariyon ke liye Netaji ka mann ekdum mulayam hai’ NEW DELHI, APRIL 18 A DAY AFTER the new Chief of Naval Staff took charge, the BJP cautioned the UPA government against making highlevel appointments like that of the Army Chief until the elections were over. “I am not going into the specifics of any particular TAKING EC TO SC, SAYS AZAM AZAM KHAN on Friday reiterated that he would not apologise for his alleged hate speech, questioned the EC’s decision to lift the ban on campaigning for Amit Shah. THE DECISION smacked of “undeclared Emergency”, Khan said. “Can any commission be above the SC? EC has a misunderstanding that its arbitrary powers can’t be PAGE 7 challenged...” FAISAL FAREED BHARTHANA, APRIL 18 T AKING on Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on his home turf, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi sought to put him on the mat for the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, accusing the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister of failing the victims of the violence. “Hamare Netaji ki ek kathinai hai. Jahaan mulayam hona chahiye wahaan kathor ho jaatey hain aur jahaan kathor hona chahiye wahaan mulayam ho jatey hain (Mulayam has a problem. When he needs to be soft, he becomes tough. And where he needs to be tough, he becomes soft),” Modi told a public meeting. “If our sisters and daughters are raped, he becomes mulayam (soft) on rapists. Riots took place and children died due to hunger, he should have been soft on them and should be worried about their survival but he became kathor (tough),” he said referring to last year’s riots in Muzaffarnagar which displaced thousands of people and forced them to live in relief camps. name but surely on the larger issue of naming the next General and reports about Lokpal appointment, we expect that when we are in the midst of elections, when the Model Code of Conduct is in force, at least till 16th of May, all these things must be avoided,” senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. Prasad was responding to Business as Usual By UNNY Anti-incumbency strong, Akali SOS to BJP: send Modi MANEESH CHHIBBER AMRITSAR, BATHINDA, APRIL 18 THE local leadership of the SAD-BJP has sent an SOS to the managers of Narendra Modi’s campaign, requesting more rallies by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Sources in the BJP said there is realisation that there is no visible Modi “wave” in the state, and that the Congress has managed to strike a chord with voters. There is also acknowledgment of massive anti-incumbency against the SAD-BJP government, seen in the disenchantment of even the SAD’s core voters, especially the Sikh peasantry. Adding to the discomfiture of the ruling alliance is the growing impact of Aam Aadmi Party candidates in the four seats of Sangrur, Ludhiana, Patiala and Anandpur Sahib, where the SAD-BJP is expected to take a bigger hit than the Congress. SAD-BJP sources said an urgent message was sent earlier this week to the BJP leadership, requesting that Modi, who is currently scheduled to address only two CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHUAIB MASOODI Don’t name next Army Chief before May 16, BJP tells govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE OINAM ANAND a question on reports about the government having initiated the process to appoint Vice Army Chief Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag as the successor to incumbent Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh, who retires on July 31. Last year, the appointment of the new Chief was announced three months in advance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Treasure trove: Amicus points finger at temple ‘highest echelons’ UTKARSH ANAND NEW DELHI, APRIL 18 THE Padmanabhaswamy Temple and its treasure trove are back in focus with the Supreme Court-appointed amicus, Gopal Subramaniam, disclosing that he found a gold plating machine inside the temple, suggesting stealth in an organised manner “by the PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE highest echelons”. In his final report, the sen- ior advocate has said that discovery of large amounts of unaccounted gold and silver was a shock to him, and the discovery of the gold plating machine accentuated his suspicion. “This discovery raises a doubt of organised extraction by persons belonging to the highest echelons. In order to prevent any problems... methods JONATHAN KANDELL G ABRIEL García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87. Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House, confirmed the death. García Márquez learned he had lymphatic cancer in 1999, and a brother said in 2012 that he had developed senile dementia. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and by a mass audience. “Each new work of his is received by expectant critics and readers as an event of world importance,” the Swedish Academy of Letters said in awarding him the Nobel. García Márquez was a master of the literary genre known as magical realism, in which the miraculous and the real converge. In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers rekindle their passion after a half-century apart. Magical realism, he said, sprang from Latin America’s history of vicious dictators and romantic revolutionaries, of long years of hunger, illness and violence. In accepting his Nobel, García Márquez said: “Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination. For our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable.” Like many Latin American intellectuals and artists, García Márquez felt impelled to speak out on the political issues of his day. He viewed the world from a leftwing perspective, bitterly opposing Gen Augusto Pinochet, the right-wing Chilean dictator, and unswervingly supporting Fidel Castro in Cuba. Castro became such a close friend that García Márquez showed him drafts of his unpublished books. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Royalty passé, Amarinder sells ex-army tag to Majha voters 1 PAGE ANCHOR Captain’s war room draws up targeted strategies to woo electorate KANCHAN VASDEV AMRITSAR, APRIL 18 T HE scion of erstwhile Patiala state, Captain Amarinder Singh, is being projected as an ex-army officer. His royal tag has been done away with in the heartland of Majha, known as the ‘martial belt’ that contributes considerable manpower to the defence forces. Wherever he campaigns, his team shouts “aa gaya Captain and cha gaya Captain” to strike a chord with the electorate that holds defence personnel in awe. It is part of the election strategy devised by Amarinder’s core team after studying the dynamics of the constituency to see him through a fierce battle against BJP’s Arun Jaitley in Amritsar. The fielding of big guns by the Congress and BJP has brought this constituency in the national headlines as a ‘clash of titans’. During electioneering, Amarinder doesn’t rely on one- ARCHIVE Amarinder puts on a rustic face while addressing rural audiences and sobers down in urban areas. size-fits-all. He puts on a rustic face while addressing the rural audience and sobers down in urban areas. Badal and Majithia bashing remains on top of his agenda with aggressive lingo like “putha tang dewanga” (will hand them upside down) and “je Badalan nu andar de sakdan ta Majithiey nu kyo chaddanga” (if I can put Badals behind bars then why would I spare Majithia), to which the rural masses respond with thunderous applause. With urban voters he talks of sand mafia, unemployment, house tax, civic amenities, roads and industry. Majithia bashing works in urban areas also, here it does not go beyond calling him a “goonda”. A lot of thought has gone into the way he is being projected, the way he addresses the electorate and the election material. Out of nine Assembly segments, Amarinder is mildest in Amritsar-East, represented by CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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