eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE All the World’s a Stage for Protest NEWDELHI,LATECITY SEPTEMBER27,2020 Why the Belarus Free Theatre remains a voice of dissent 22PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA& RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Dy Chairman said Opp wasn’t in seat when asking for division, RS TV shows otherwise Chaos in House, there would have been division had Dy Chairman not been threatened: officials SUNDAY STORY AGAINST FARM BILLS BJPlosesoldest allyasAkalis walkoutof NDAinprotest Leaving over Centre’s stubborn refusal to give guarantees: Sukhbir PAGE 6 1.09 PM: DyChairmansaysdemand fordivisionshouldbemade fromseat Will this matter in November? MANOJ C G Indian American vote shows friction of politics in India. What this — and Kamala Harris factor — could mean JUSTIFYING his rejection of the Opposition's demand for a division of votes during the chaotic passage of the two farm Bills in Rajya Sabha last Sunday, Deputy ChairmanHarivanshsaidthede- NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 1.10 PM: DMK’s Tiruchi Siva in his seat asking for division mandwasn’tmadebymembers fromtheirseats.Amidtheruckus in the House, he was heard saying that members have to be in their seats to demand division. Officialfootageof RajyaSabha Television, reviewed by The IndianExpress,showsotherwise. Indeed,thesequenceofevents from 1 pm — when the Deputy Moments later, TMC’s Derek O’Brien in Well Chairman extended the sitting — to 1.26 pm, when the House was adjourned for 15 minutes, shows thatatleasttwomembers,DMK’s TiruchiSivaandCPM’sKKRagesh, whohadmovedstatutoryresolutions,motionsandamendments, wereintheirseatswhentheydemanded a division. Consider the following. 1.11 PM: CPM's K K Ragesh in his seat asking for division 1pm: Deputy Chairman tells Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who was replying tothediscussiononthetwoBills, that it was 1 pm. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi proposesextensionof theHouse. Deputy Chairman asks whether the House was ready to sit till the disposal of the Bill. Congress members Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh demand proceedingsbecontinued Monday. They and Siva ask the Deputy Chairman to take sense of the House. The Deputy Chairman saysthere is aconsensus (aam sahmati) and asks Tomar to continue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ADDRESS AT UNGA PM takes swipe at China, questions UN role in pandemic NAVJEEVAN GOPAL CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 26 AS FARMER protests continue to roil Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal,oneof theoldest alliesof the BJP and a founding member of the NDA, announced Saturday it was exiting the ruling coalition at the Centre in protest against the farm legislation pushed through Parliament by the Modi government. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, whose wife and party leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned in protest from the Union CouncilofMinistersninedaysago, toldreporters:"Thegovernment's decisiononthefarmBillsisdeeply injurious to the interests not only of farmers, but also the khet mazdoor (farm labour), traders, arthiyas(commissionagents)and the Dalits who depend on the well-being of agriculture." E X P L A I NE D SPECTRUM OF HOPE FARM BILLS PASSAGE PAGES 10, 11, 12 E More work for BJP & ● friends THE SAD’S decision to exit the NDA leaves the BJP friendless in Punjab, and also forces partners in other states to allay fears over the farm legislation. For them, the task is cut out: farmers need to be convinced that the new measures will not just fetch them the right price for their produce, but also reform their sector. "The highest decision-making body of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the core committee, at its emergency meeting here tonight,unanimouslydecidedto CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nadda picks new team: Ram Madhav, Muralidhar Rao out Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the UNGA. UN Pushing forUNreform,PMsays:India’s vaccinecapacitywillhelpallhumanity SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 AT A time when ties with China have plummeted over the crisis in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe Saturday at Beijing’s debt-trap diplomacy, saying India strengthens its development partnership without any “mala fide intent” of making a partner country “dependent orhapless”. He also questioned the UN's role in the pandemic as he pushed for reforms in the organisation and underlined India's willingness to assume a larger roleinmanagingtheglobalcrisis. InaveiledreferencetoChinaPakistan ties, the Prime Minister told the United Nations General CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LAC: As hopes recede, Army readies troops for winter deployment KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 AWAY FROM the India-China talkstablewhereeffortsareonto dialdowntensionsalongtheLine of ActualControl(LAC) inLadakh, the Indian Army has been preparingforthewinterdeployment of troops in the region because hopes of an early resolutionof thecrisisarefastreceding. India and China have around 50,000troopseachintheregion, backed by tanks, artillery and air defence assets. Army sources said each will calibrate its winter deployment according to what the other side does. Given the harsh Ladakh winter, the two sides, sources said, may have to come down from someoftheheightstheycurrently occupy,andtherecouldbeaslight reductioninthenumberoftroops. A top government official CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh and Raghubar Das made vice-presidents ONE BY ONE Actors Deepika Padukone (above), Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan were questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai on Saturday. Ganesh Shirsekar REPORT,PAGE15 Dalit lawyer killed over ‘anti-Brahmin posts’: police Time for forbearance, not rigid adherence: N K Singh on FRBM SRINATH RAO & SOHINI GHOSH SUNNY VERMA & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER AN EMPLOYEE of a stationery shop in Malad West, Mumbai, was arrested on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he allegedly murdered a Dalit lawyer and activist in Gujarat's Kutch district over his social media posts. The victim, Devji MahesDevji hwari, was a Maheshwari senior activist of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) IN THE backdrop of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, strict adherence to the FRBM (FiscalResponsibilityandBudget Management) law may not be feasible and this is the time for forbearance on the issue, said N K Singh, Chairman, Fifteenth FinanceCommission.Hesaidthe Commission is considering the needtobringinflexibilityonthat front without really “impairing” the “hard-won battle” on fiscal consolidation. The Commission is also debating whether the government should follow a particular “range” on issues of fiscal deficit and debt levels, instead of the “fixed point” targets currently prescribed.Followingarangeon MUMBAI, AHMEDABAD, SEPTEMBER 26 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 N K Singh, Chairman, 15th Finance Commission NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 fiscalparameterswillprovidethe Centre some manoeuvrability depending on the macroeconomic situation of the country. “I don't think that this year, and perhaps even next year, what is necessary for livelihood and what is necessary for addressing the issue of pandemic deserves the kind of constraints which the FRBM places. Perhaps it will be a no-brainer that the rigiditiesembeddedintheFRBM law — this is not a time for that, thisisa timeforforbearance,”he told The Sunday Express. Singh earlier headed a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD TRUMP PICKS AMY CONEY BARRETT FOR SUPREME COURT P 9 LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 26 SEVEN MONTHS after he took charge as national president of the BJP, J P Nadda on Saturday pickedanewteamtopotentially steer the party organisation into the next Lok Sabha election in 2024. The new list is significant as much for the names it leaves out — both Ram Madhav and P Muralidhar Rao, the two general secretaries considered close to the RSS,have beendropped, setting off speculation that some of these leaders could be accom- Ram Madhav, P Muralidhar Rao dropped as gen secys modated in the UnionCouncilof Ministersorintheparliamentary board, the party's apex decision making body. While Nadda has appointed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Three questioned for role as ‘informants’ in Shopian killing NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26 THREEPERSONS,whoaresaidto have been working as informers for the Army, on Saturday deposedbeforetheArmy’sCourtof Inquiry, set up to probe the July 18 encounter at Amshipora, Shopian, in which three labourers from Rajouri were killed and declared militants. Topsourcesintheadministration told The Sunday Express that the three persons are “the last contacts of the three deceased” andarebeingquestionedfortheir role in the incident. On September 18, the Army had confirmed that identities of the three killed at Amshipora matched that of the missing labourers from Rajouri — Abrar Ahmed (25), Imtiyaz Ahmed (20) and Mohammed Ibrar (16). “Thesesuspectsworkedasinformers for the Army,” sources said,addingthattherearepreliminaryindications“oftheirinvolve- ment in the encounter. Their initial version was that a group of militants was supposed to come viatheRajouri-Poonchsectorand thelabourershadagreedtobring themtothecivilianArmysources, whowouldtheninformtheArmy about the infiltrators.” However, the veracity of these claims and whetherthethreelabourersever agreedtosuchanarrangementis in question. The J&K Police had earlier said that “militant links” of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 The respect Isher commanded in the economics world was striking KIRAN MAZUMDAR SHAW ISHER AHLUWALIA was an amazing woman — and you’d know that if you read the book (Breaking Through) that she wrote at the end of her life. She was very keen that she wrote it beforeshepassedaway.Shewas a self-made woman. She came from a middle-class upbringing, a Hindi-medium background and yet she scaled such enormous heights because of her intellectualappetiteandcapability. Shewasoneof themostbrilliant and inspiring minds I have met. (Isher Judge Ahluwalia, 74, economist, urban infrastructure expertandformerchairpersonof the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), passed away inNewDelhionSaturday.Acontributing editor with The Indian Express, Isher Ahluwalia wrote thecolumn‘CitiesAtCrossroads’ for the newspaper. She is survived by her husband Montek Singh Ahluwalia and sons Pavan and Aman.) I metIsher about 15 years ago at a seminar in Delhi. I was a successfulentrepreneurandshewas a renowned economist. The momentwemet,wehititoff.Shebecame one of my dearest friends. I learnt a lot from her. I respected her for her understanding of urbanisation and the economy. EverytimeIwenttoDelhi,Iwould meetherforacupofcoffee.Every time she came to Bengaluru, we would have dinner together. We travelled together to many countries.Shewasalsoaclosefriendof the (N Narayana and Sudha) Murthys and we spent a lot of time together. ISHER JUDGE AHLUWALIA 1945-2020 And then, she invited me to be on the board of ICRIER. She said, “I need you to come on board and bring fresh thinking intoourwork.”Shewasthedriving force behind ICRIER. Singlehandedlyalmost,sherebuiltand steered it into becoming a leading policy think-tank. The respectshecommandedintheentire economics world was striking. She was always thinking of new ideas and looking at issues in a new way. She was engaged with the challenges that a country like ours had. Her mentor was (former Prime Minister) Dr Manmohan Singh. So, it is very sad that it is his birthday to- day. She admired him immensely and they would often have very interesting discussions. She didn’t agree with everything he said, or anyone said. She had a mind of her own. Isher was a whole person, alwaysreadytoenjoylife,whether it was a wedding or something else. She was the life and soul of gatherings. I remember especiallythesangeetof MrMurthy’s daughter (Akshata), which was held at my house. She was marrying a Punjabi (Rishi Sunak), and I still remember how much Isher regaled us with beautiful Punjabi songs. I admired her for her bril- liance, but also for her elegance. She was always dressed beautifully.Shelovedshoppingforsaris andcrafts.If Iaskedherwhatshe wanted on her birthday, she would say buy me a Kanjeevaram.Shewasveryclose to her husband. It was a very warm and a close-knit family — a decent, high-integrity family. I was abroad last December, whenIgotacallfromher.“Ineed to talk to you urgently,” she said. She had been feeling pins and needles in her hands, and found shecouldn’tholda pen properly. She had had a scan done, which showed a lesion in her brain. It CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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