eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE In Other Worlds, Other Wonders MUMBAI,LATECITY MAY16,2021 Jhumpa Lahiri on complexities of identity, the nature of fame and why translating one’s own work can be a lonely exercise 14PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 11, 12, 13 ‘POSITIVITY’ LECTURE SUNIL JAIN People, govt, officials, all lowered guard, says RSS chief No time for blame game, fight pandemic based on science and truth; need to be prepared for a third wave: Bhagwat DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, MAY 15 DESPITE ITS knowledge and warning signs, the Government, theadministration,andthepublic, all lowered their guard after the first Covid wave and this led to the current crisis, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Saturday. Underlining that science and truth are the “foundation” for a strategy to tackle the second wave, Bhagwat cautioned against use of Ayurvedic medicines or spreading misinformation without any scientific examination. “Pehli wave ke baad hum sab log zara ghaflat mein aa gaye. Kya janata, kya shashan, kya prashasan.Maloomtha,doctorlog ishara de rahe the, phir bhi thodi ghaflat mein aa gaye. Isliye ye sankat khada hua (Following the RSS chief was speaking at event organised by Sangh THE SECOND SURGE CM MAMATA LOSES BROTHERTO COVID PAGE 6 first wave, we all lowered our guard. People, government, administration alike. The information (about a second wave) was there, doctors had been hinting at it, yet we lowered our guard. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 1963-2021 Financial Express Managing Editor Sunil Jain dies fighting Covid ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, MAY 15 People line up for remdesivir, used against Covid, outside Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai Saturday. The crowd started building Friday night following reports of a government outlet set up there to meet demand. PTI REPORT,PAGE5 PM urges states: report numbers ‘transparently’ KAUNAIN SHERIFF M ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, MAY 15 CYRUS POONAWALLA, chairman of the Poonawalla Group which includes vaccine-maker Family said to be looking at sites in Ukraine as well. File Mumbai gears up for heavy rain, 580 Covid patients shifted from jumbo units NEW DELHI, MAY 15 SANJANA BHALERAO ADAYafterhecautionedthatthe second wave of the pandemic is spreading to villages at a rapid place, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said “states should be encouraged to report their numbers transparently without any pressure of high numbers showing adversely on their efforts”. Withtheextentof thespread indicated by data showing that CONTINUEDONPAGE2 FROM SHIFTING 580 patients from its jumbo Covid-19 facilities to contemplating a possible shut down of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai onSaturday worked on taking several precautionary measures in view of India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warning that Cyclone Tauktae is likely to pass close to Adar’s father Cyrus joins family in London, ‘looking at units in Europe’ Routine summer break, he asserts: ‘Malicious to say I have left India’ CYCLONE TAUKTAE Serum Institute of India, has joined his son Adar Poonawalla and his family in London a few days ago but rejected suggestions that he had “left” the country. Speaking to The Sunday Express from London, Cyrus Poonawallasaidhewasonaroutine “summer vacation”, something that he takes every year in May. Any suggestion that he, or his son, had “left” the country in this time of crisis was “false and malicious”, he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, MAY 15 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 8 BRITISH OIL company Cairn Energy Plc has initiated the processtoseizeIndianassetsand has brought a lawsuit in the US against national carrier Air India to enforce the $1.2-billion arbitration award it won against the Indian government in a longstanding tax dispute. SourcesinNewDelhisaidthat theCentrewilltake“allnecessary steps to defend against any such illegal enforcement action”. Cairn filed the lawsuit Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking to make disinvestmentbound Air India liable for the judgment that was awarded to FOR THE LACK OF From a mother, a new father to a granddad, stories of lives cut short deprived of oxygen THREE DAYS after the Bombay High Court in Goa observed that the situation was “quite grim” at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), with oxygen issuesreportedbehindthedeath of Covid-19 patients, its Medical SuperintendentandactingDean S M Bandekar Saturday said therecannotbe acorrelation between the drop in oxygen supply in the Covid wards and deaths of patients. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who had first highlighted the deaths, also said Saturday “youcannotco-relateaparticular death to a particular situation”. This was hours after GMCH saw eight more deaths between 2 am 6 am, the time during which most oxygen-related deaths are said to have occurred at the hospital. Bandekar concurred that eight Covid-19 patients had died during these hours on Saturday morning, but CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Challenges like in the ‘70s… most judges can’t be pressured’ Dialsup heaton ● Govt APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, MAY 15 THE GLOBAL precedents allowing seizure of overseas assets to recover dues, including from arbitration awards, means that Cairn’s move could dial up the heat on the Government. And bring Air India’s disinvestment process under a cloud. Cairn, Reuters reported. The lawsuit argued that the carrier, as a state-owned company, is “legally indistinct from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Goa govt has rethink: Can’t link deaths, O2 PANAJI, MAY 15 E E X P L A I NE D NEW DELHI, MAY 15 the city on Sunday. The BMC on Saturday night shifted 580 patients from BKC MAYURA JANWALKAR For getting its $1.2-bn arbitration, Cairn sues Air India in US PRANAV MUKUL Ambulances wait outside BKC jumbo centre to shift patients. Ganesh Shirsekar (243),Dahisar(183)andMulund (154) jumbo Covid-19 facilities to state and civic-run hospitals in Mumbai. The civic body had onFridayalertedthehospitalsto avoidlast-minuteconfusionover beds and availability of oxygen devices. TheMumbaiPoliceisexploring the option of shutting down the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, as heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the city on Sunday and Monday. “Depending on the situation, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 STOP PRESS Israel gave an hour’s alert before hitting a building housing AP, Al-Jazeera, other media offices in Gaza Saturday. PAGE10 SUNIL JAIN, Managing Editor of The Financial Express, whose insightful and unsparing commentary on business and economywasoftenalightning rod for many an intellectual and policy debate, passed away Saturday at AIIMS due to post Covid-19 complications. He was 58 and is survived by his wife Namita and son Abhinav. Over the last 24 hours, Jain suffered multiple organ failure, said doctors at AIIMS, where he was admitted on May 3 with his oxygen evels dropping. He had a cardiac arrest earlier today, was revived, but passed away after a second cardiac arrest around 8.30 p.m. That day, he said in what was his last tweet: “Thank you everyoneforallthehelpIdon’t even know whom all to thank. Am in AIIMS emergency now. So I’m safe hands." President Ram Nath KovindsaidJainwasknownfor his candour and forthright views.“Itwasatreattoreadhis columns. After his untimely demise, his absence will be deeplyfeltintheworldof journalism. My condolences to his family and friends,” he tweeted. “You left us too soon, Sunil Jain,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I will miss reading your columns and hearing your frank as well as insightful views on diverse matters. You leave behind an inspiring range of work. Journalism is poorer today, with your sad demise. Condolences to family and friends. Om Shanti.” “Sunil’s passing has numbed us all in the Express family,” said Viveck Goenka, chairman, Express Group. “His razor-sharp intellect and uncompromising integrity defined his editorial leadership. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CHALLENGES facing the judiciary are reminiscent of the early 1970s in the face of a “majoritarian Executive”, but it was courts that pushed back then and it’s his belief that most judges today are independent and cannot be pressured, said Justice Govind Mathur, who retired as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court last month. Speaking at Idea Exchange from his Jodhpur home, in an interactionwith The IndianExpress newsroom, Justice Mathur un- Justice Mathur at the Idea Exchange session. Express derlined the need forthejudiciaryto be free, fair, not vulnerable to pressure from the government and more representative of women and minorities. Whenaskedaboutthelackof Muslim judges on the bench, Justice Mathur minced few CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sunil Jain at The Financial Express office. Express Didn’t tolerate fudge; pro, anti, in between, he said it like it is SANJAYA BARU NEW DELHI, MAY 15 SUNIL JAIN, managing editor, The Financial Express, who passed away Saturday night, wasajournalistparexcellence. A true professional and honest tothecore,Sunilcombinedthe journalist’s instinct for news with a researcher’s penchant for verifiable facts. His shocking and utterly premature departure has deprived Indian journalism of ahighlytalented analyst and a true team leader. A Master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Sunil began his media career at India Today after a brief tenure at FICCI where he worked on export policy.MyfirstprofessionalassociationwithSunildatesback towhen wewerecolleagues at The Indian Express group in 2000-2004. He was then business and economics editor of The Indian ExpresswhileIwasChief Editor of the Financial Express. We teamedupagainin2009when I became Editor, Business Standard, and Sunil was the senior associate editor in charge of the newspaper’s opinion pages. Sunil authored a hugely popularcolumntitledRational Expectations that professional economists, policy makers, business leaders and students of economics read with great interest. His professional integritywasondisplaywhenhe crossed swords with policy makers and business leaders calling a spade a spade, refusing to be browbeaten on a variety of policy issues. Hewasanearlyandconsistent critic of India’s telecom CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Arrested for anti-PM posters: daily wagers, printer, auto driver ` 76 per kilo PAGE 1 ANCHOR ` 104 per kilo ` 127 per kilo ` 65 per Dozen INSIDE FAMILIES OF JAIPUR GOLDEN DEAD RALLY ON WHATSAPP PAGE 5 MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL & ASHNA BUTANI NEW DELHI, MAY 15 A 19-YEAR-OLD school dropout, a 30-year-old e-rickshaw driver, a 61-year-old maker of wooden frames — they are among the 25 arrested by Delhi Police, in the middle of a raging pandemic, for allegedly pasting posters with comments critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the Covid vaccination drive. The string of arrests from across the capital started late on May 12 after the Special Branch informed Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava about the posters that read: “Modijihamarebachonkivaccine videsh kyon bhej diya (Why did you send our children’s vaccines abroad?)”. The Sunday Express visited the homes of two of those arrested and tracked police stations across the capital to find that many of those who were pickedupwereeitherdailywage workers who put up posters and banners for a living or jobless youths — and had no idea about the content or politics involved. At Mandawali in East Delhi, one of the districts from where four were arrested, Rahul Tyagi (24), said he was given 20 banners by staff at AAP councillor Dhirender Kumar’s office on May 11, and promised Rs 600 for putting them up in Kalyanpuri. When contacted, Kumar denied the allegations and said he was only involved in “working for the people”. AAP did not re- One of the posters, put up at Dwarka, since removed spond to the allegations, but tweeted on Saturday night — “Modijihamarebachonkivaccine videsh kyon bhej diya” — the same line as in the posters. “Sofar,25FIRshavebeenregistered, and police are registering more after receiving complaints,” a senior officer said. Tyagi was bailed out by his family Friday. So were the three others arrested with him from Kalyanpuri. “My parents are disappointed and won’t let me work anymore. I only do this for sustenance,” Tyagi said. According to him, another personwhowasarrested,Rajeev Kumar(19),doesthesamework. The other two, Dilip Tiwari (35) and Shivam Dubey (24), “were given posters while Rajeev and I were given banners”, he said. “I did not get the money promised.Policetooktheposters, and my bike is still at the police station.Policesaidwecannotput up posters and banners during the lockdown,” Tyagi said. Neighbours recognise Tyagi asthe“boywhodoesbannerand poster work”. Said his aunt, Neelam Tyagi: “His father is an auto-rickshaw driver and has hardly been making any money since the lockdown. They have topayrentandRahulwouldgive his earnings to his family.” The arrests across Delhi have beenmadeoncomplaintsbypolice personnel. The FIRs have been lodged under IPC Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), and those under the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act and Epidemic Act. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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