DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES WILL BE ORDERLY TRANSITION, says Trump; his Facebook, Instagram accounts blocked till inauguration `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 WOMAN SHOT BY POLICE, three others die during violence as rioters scale walls, break windows SMALL NUMBER OF EXTREMISTS, borders on sedition, says Biden; top Republicans blame Trump Trump’s Demockracy US Congress confirms Biden after mob, incited by Trump, breaches Capitol AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 7 PULLED DOWN by a sharp contraction in the services, manufacturing and mining sectors, India’s gross domestic product (GDP)will contract7.7 per cent in the current financial year as against a growth of 4.2 per cent in the previous fiscal, the first advance estimates released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on Thursday show. The slide in growth in a tumultuous year that saw the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic impact of amonthslong nationwide lockdown, is deeper than the 7.5 per cent contraction estimated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in NICHOLAS FANDOS & EMILY COCHRANE WASHINGTON, JANUARY 7 CONGRESS CONFIRMED President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’svictoryearlyThursdaymorning, overwhelmingly repudiating a drive by President Donald Trump to overturn his defeat afteritculminated in amobof loyalists storming and occupying the Capitol in a shocking display of violence that shook the core of American democracy. There was no parallel in modern American history, as insurgents acting with the president’s encouragement vandalized Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, smashing windows, looting art and briefly taking control of the Senate chamber, where they took turns posing for photographswithfistsuponthedais where Vice President Mike Pence had just been presiding. Outside the building, they erectedagallows,puncturedthe tyres of a police SUV, and left a note on its windshield saying, “PELOSI IS SATAN.” The attack by rebels carrying pro-Trump paraphernalia stopped the electoral counting for several hours and sent lawmakersandPencefleeing.Butby the time the Senate reconvened in a reclaimed Capitol,one of the nation’s most polarizing moments had yielded an unexpectedmomentof solidaritythat brieflyeclipsedpartisandivision. Republicans and Democrats locked arms to denounce the violence and express their determination to carry out what they called a constitutionally sacrosanct function. They refused, by resounding bipartisan majorities, to deliver Trump the election reversal he demanded. Pence, breaking with the President he has loyally served, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 7 AS SOUTH Block watched the unprecedented scenes of chaos in Washington DC, with proTrump supporters storming the US Capitol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday joined a chorus of world leaders in expressing concern over the turn of events and said that “orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue”. “Distressed to see news THE FIRST advance estimates of GDP, obtained by extrapolation of seven months’ data, are released early to help officers in the Finance Ministry and other departments in framing the broad contours of Union Budget 2021-22. The second advance estimates of GDP will be released on February 26. An explosion caused by police munition after US President Donald Trump's supporters breached the Capitol Building on Wednesday. Reuters The Invasion: ransacked House, screams, broken glass — and some surreal glee ZOLAN KANNO-YOUNGS, SABRINA TAVERNISE & EMILY COCHRANE WASHINGTON, JANUARY 7 Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th... This represents end of the greatest first term in presidential history...” DONALD TRUMP US PRESIDENT BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY A supporter of President Donald Trump inside the Capitol Building, Washington DC, on Wednesday. NYT THE EDITORIAL PAGE AMERICAATTACKS AMERICA BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA THE MOB of Trump supporters pressed through police barricades, broke windows and battered their waywith metal poles throughentrancestotheCapitol. Then, stunningly, they breached the “People’s House” itself, forcing masked police officers to draw their guns to keep the insurgents off the chamber floor. “I thought we’d have to fight our way out,” said Representative Jason Crow, Democrat of Colorado and a former Army Ranger in Iraq, who PAGE 10 US AMBASSADOR to India Kenneth I Juster said Thursday that he was “very sad” to see the violence in Washington DC and describedthestormingof theUS Capitol as a “horrific scene” that was “not America at its best”. Speaking to The Indian Express during a detailed interview on his three-year stint in India,theoutgoingUSenvoyalso said that lawlessness and rioting is“alwaysunacceptable”andhas no place in any democracy. “It was very sad to see the P6 SHUBHAJIT ROY Don’t just blame the mob. Trump lit the fire VIOLENCE JOLTS U.S., TRUMP ISOLATED FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 14 EXPLAINED ANATOMY OF INSURRECTION BY AMITABH MATTOO NEW DELHI, JANUARY 7 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW KENNETH I JUSTER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO INDIA FarmersduringatractormarchfromDelhi’s Singhuborder toTikrionThursday. Abhinav Saha REPORTS,PAGES3,5 HARIKISHAN SHARMA & KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR EXPERT EXPLAINS P13 found himself captive in the House chamber. What unfolded at that point, at times on national television, was a tableau of violence and mayhem that shocked the nation, one of the most severe intrusions of the Capitol since the British invaded during the War of 1812 and burned it down. An armedstandoff ensued in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Horrific scene... not America at its best, says US envoy as he wraps up JANUARY 6 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR ForBudget calculations Talks today, Tomar meets sect head, farm unions say no link Democratic process can’t be subverted by unlawful protests: PM SHUBHAJIT ROY GDP to contract 7.7% in current fiscal, advance estimates show news coming out of Washington,D.C.whenwewoke up on Thursday morning. While protests in our country are part of our democracy, it is unacceptablefortheretobeviolenceassociatedwiththem,andthestorming of the US Capitol was a horrific scene. This is not America at its best. Lawlessness and rioting in the United States — or in any country — is always unacceptable. It has no place in any democracy,” Juster said. TheAmbassador'scomments are significant as he is a political appointeewhowaspickedbythe Trumpadministrationforthejob CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, AMRITSAR, JAN 7 A DAY ahead of the eighth round of talks with farmer organisations to break the deadlock over the new agricultural laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday met religious leader Baba Lakha Singh, one of the headsof theNanaksarSikhsect based in Punjab. While Baba Lakha Singh, who has been organising langar at the protest sites, said he wished to mediate between the government and the protesting farmers, Tomar played down the meeting and the farm unions said the religious leader wasn't speaking for them. Friday's talks will be betweenaministerialcommittee includingTomar,FoodMinister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash, and 41 representatives of farm organisations. The Agriculture MinistryofficialsThursdayheld informal internal talks to prepare for the meeting. Sources said before the talks in the afternoon,theministersmaycall on Home Minister Amit Shah. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Looking into facts of Srinagar gunfight that killed 3, says J&K L-G ARUN SHARMA & BASHAARAT MASOOD JAMMU, SRINAGAR, JAN 7 J&K L-G Manoj Sinha said Thursday that he is “looking into the facts” related to the alleged gunfight on theoutskirts of Srinagar city late last month in which security forces killed three youths who, they claimed, were “militants”. “I want to say this with all responsibility that if anything is found suspicious in the matter, I will definitely get it Manoj Sinha INDUSTRY PACKAGE CLEARED FOR J&K PAGE 5 probed,’’Sinhasaid.Hewasrespondingtoquestionsfromreporters during an interaction CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thane shows the way, slum marks a room for menstrual hygiene MAYURA JANWALKAR MUMBAI, JANUARY 7 IN THE grimy, narrow alleys of Thane’s Lokmanya Nagar, a onestorey toilet block stands out for its freshly painted outer wall in shades of green and yellow, and a message: “Menstrual cycle is a naturalprocess.Tyabaddallajjaspad ase kahihi nahi (There is nothing shameful about it).” One of the 10 toilets in the women'ssectionisnowa‘period room’, the first of its kind in a publictoiletinaslum,whichwas opened to users on Monday. The ‘period room’ has a urinal, a jetspray, a toilet-roll holder, soap, running water and what public toilets needed most — a dustbin. Thane Municipal Corporation is planning to have such a room now across its public toilets. "Thisisalow-costinnovation thattookonlyRs45,000.Wewill replicate this in all our toilets, which would mean a minimum of 120 community toilets," says DeputyMunicipalCommissioner Manish Joshi. With awareness low, not many have started using the Lokmanya Nagar period room yet. Muse Foundation, an NGO that assisted the Thane Municipal Corporation in creating it, said it will inform women in the slum about it during their regular menstrual hygiene sessions. Says founder Nishant Bangera, “We realised that there are no urinals designed for women anywhere. The urinal we have installed in the period room is fashioned out of a wash basin." In 2019, Muse Foundation hadcarriedoutasurveyinthe15 slums of Thane and found that of the 1,004 women it talked to, 67 per cent did not have a toilet athome.Thesurveyalsoshowed The toilet complex in Thane with the ‘period room’. Deepak Joshi that in the absence of dustbins in public toilets, many women who used them had no option but to dispose of sanitary products anyway they could. Mamta Vishwakarma, 30, says most women have a mohri (small washing area) in their homes and use that to change their sanitary products. But when it comes to disposing them, they must do it in a way that no family member notices. "Ihave notusedthe period room yet but I am sure it will be very useful, especially for those who don’t have a toilet at home,” she says. Dipali Nikam, a domestic help who has been living in Lokmanya Nagar for 25 years, saystheperiodroomshowshow much things have changed. Planning to talk to her friends whohavedaughtersaboutit,she says, “When we were young, we didn’t have the sanitary pads that we have now. Most of us used cloth." Nehali Jain, a volunteer with Muse Foundation, says they will be meeting women around the Lokmanya Nagar toilet complex to tell them about the period room. The attendant of the toilet block, Jyoti Shinde, 30, is also doing her bit. Extra careful these days against thefts due to "the things installed in the period room", she says, "A few girls have come and seen it. I try and tell them about its benefits if they ask. I told a few other women too." Joshi says all it will take is for women to start using the period room. "This is a behavioural changeandbehaviouralchanges don't happen very fast. When womenwhohavebeenchanging their sanitary pads at home see thisisabetter,cleanerplace,with water, they will start using it."
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.