DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES 12 MINISTERS OUT Six Cabinet ministers, 1 MoS (Independent) and 5 MoS dropped ● `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 KEY ECONOMIC MINISTRIES INTACT Five of 7 big exits are from social sector ministries such as Health, Education NEW FACES IN GOVT Sonowal, Rane, Scindia, Bhupender Yadav among new Cabinet ministers PM hits Delete and Reset New faces at helm in pandemic-hit sectors: Health to Education, Labour to Petroleum LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new Council of Ministers with President Ram Nath Kovind and others at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo credit: Rashtrapati Bhavan In Maharashtra, BJP Jumbo Council: Heads roll in bid plays Rane card to check Shiv Sena to balance politics and governance SHUBHANGI KHAPRE MUMBAI, JULY 7 RAVISH TIWARI & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JULY 7 HIS GOVERNMENT’s image hit by a crisis of capacity and credibility during the second Covid wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday signalled a reset effecting the most sweeping change in his Council of Ministers since he took charge for the first time in 2014. As many as 36 new faces were inducted and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81. The changes mark, arguably, the largest-scale purge in recent times with the Prime Minister divesting six of 23 sitting Cabinet ministers — over one fourth — and one Minister of State (Independent Charge) of their ministerial responsibilities. Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot can draw Reading therejig ■ Almost 50 per cent of Council (36 of 77 Ministers) is new ■ 6 Cabinet Ministers shown the door. Only Health Minister’s exit has a public (Covid) cover. 15 new Cabinet Ministers along with 15 from original list ■ 25 of 36 inducted represent crucial castes and regions in large states UP, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat (account for 200 Lok Sabha seats) ■ Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) unchanged ■ But Gadkari loses MSME portfolio, Piyush Goyal Railways and Pradhan Petroleum CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH THE choice of Narayan Raneasoneof thefourfacesfrom Maharashtra for the new-look UnionCabinet,theBJPappearsto have sent a signal to the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi governmentthatitintendstoup the political ante in the state. With three of the four Maharashtra picks recent entrants to the BJP, the party also seemedtobesendingoutamessage that it rewards “outsiders”. While Rane was formerly with Shiv Sena and Congress, Kapil Patil was with NCP, as was INSIDE NEW ENTRANTS, THOSE WHO QUIT ELEVEN WOMEN MINISTERS IN CABINET, HIGHEST SINCE 2004 POKHRIYAL’S TERM SAW VACANCIES IN CENTRAL UNIVS, IITs PAGES 6, 7 Narayan Rane Bharati Pawar. Even Bhagwat Karad had briefly left the BJP. While Rane was inducted as the minister of micro, small and medium enterprises, Patil got the portfolio of minister of state intheministryof PanchayatiRaj. Pawar was appointed minister of state in the ministry of health and family welfare and Karad as minister of state in the ministry of finance. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Stepping into Prasad’s IT shoes: ex-IAS, BJP via Vajpayee’s PMO Prasad’s surprise exit after he became face of Govt pushback to Big Tech AASHISH ARYAN & APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JULY 7 FORMER IAS officer, alumnus of IIT-Kanpur and Wharton Business School, entrepreneur, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha. Meet Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has taken over as the new Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, and Railways. Born in Jodhpur in 1970, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad at Cabinet briefing on June 30. Anil Sharma In Harsh Vardhan’s exit, a Covid admission and course correction Second wave pushed him to margins as PMO took charge KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JULY 7 Govt came in for flak during 2nd Covid wave OF THE 12 ministers who resignedaheadof thereshuffle,the one that caught the eye was the exit of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. His departure is one of the strongestsignalsonthehandling of theferocioussecondCovid-19 wave — to the government’s detractors, it is an admission of its failure; and to its supporters, a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DILIP KUMAR 1922-2021 He crossed over into a newly formed nation & blazed into our hearts, tragedy to comedy SHUBHRA GUPTA NEW DELHI, JULY 7 MAHARASHTRA ED ARRESTS EKNATHKHADSE’S SON-IN-LAW PAGE 5 HINDI CINEMA is synonymous with Dilip Kumar. The legend whoembodied,embellishedand shaped the biggest film industry in the world, passed away Wednesdaymorning.Hewas98. Along with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, the other two of the famous troika, Dilip Kumar typified the modern Indian who was putting behind the shackles of colonial rule and striding towards a new, confident nation busy creating its own fate and fortune. He made his debut in Jwar Bhata, a 1944 Bombay Talkies film. Amuch-storiedmeeting with the lovely Devika Rani, one of the architects of the production house along withAshok Kumar,persuadedhim to change his name, and Mohammed Yusuf Khan of Peshawar origin became Bombay’s OneAndOnlyDilip Kumar. He crossed over Illustration: Suvajit Dey HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON By SHARMILA TAGORE P 3 into a newly formed nation, and blazed into our consciousness in the 1949 Andaaz, possibly Hindi cinema’s first “love triangle” story. And then it was a steady stream of hits accompanied by critical acclaim and the neverending adoration of a public hungry for stories with substance and resonance, and a star they could both revere and emulate. In 1952 came the very different Aan, and Daag. If you want to see how a swash can be buckled, please watch Mehboob Khan’s lavish spectacle in which Dilip Kumar is a brightly-constumed sword-waggler par excellence. Amiya Chakravarty’s Daag is a very desi romantic drama which has a poor boy trying to make good and win the heart of a fair lady. Dilip Kumar’s character does a lot of drinking in it, and his leading lady, played by Nimmi,iscalledParvatiakaParo. It was almost as if he was prepping for Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955), in which the most famous lover in the movies turns to the bottle whenever he gets a chance, splitting his attention between his “bachpan-kimohabbat” Paro (Suchitra Sen) and adult fancy Chandramukhi (Vyjayanthimala) and spouting CONTINUEDONPAGE2 AS THE second wave of the Covid-19 abates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday handpicked new and young leaders to nurture and energise the sectors ravaged by the pandemic —fromhealthand education to labour, civil aviation, IT and petroleum. In the biggest-ever expansion of the Council of Ministers, he has assigned key responsibilities such as IT and Communication to the Wharton-educated Ashwini Vaishnaw, Health to Mansukh Mandaviya, Civil Aviation to Jyotiraditya Scindia, Education and Skill Development to Dharmendra Pradhan, Environment, Labour and Employment to Bhupendra Yadav, Information and Broadcasting to Anurag Thakur and Law to Kiren Rijiju. All are under 55 years. Hardeep Puri has also been elevated to Cabinet rank and entrusted with Petroleum, Housing and Urban Affairs. With Home Minister Amit Shah taking over the newly-formed Ministry of Cooperation, his role has become more significant since cooperative sectors cut across states and need effective coordination. Keen to leverage technology for transformation in governance and delivery mechanism, Modi has entrusted the ministries of communications, electronics and information technology as well as Railways to the bureaucrat-turned-politician Vaishnaw, the 51 year-old former IAS officer, holding degrees from IIT Kanpur and Wharton Business School. All these sectors touch human lives on a daily basis. The Prime Minister, said sources in the government, wants the new minister to balance nationalist interests (Atmanirbhar Bharat) with the BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY THE BIG UPGRADE Kiren Rijiju Hardeep S Puri Bhupender Yadav Giriraj Singh LAWAND JUSTICE ENVIRONMENT, LABOUR Anurag Thakur I&B, SPORTS HOUSING, PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS RURAL DEV, PANCHAYATI RAJ Mansukh Mandavia HEALTH, CHEMICALS & FERTILISERS imperative to attract foreign investments in the IT and electronic sectors. After his government faced severecriticismoverCovidmanagement, leading to a drop in his popularityanddentingthecredibility of the government, Modi is now turning to Mandaviya, who was the minister of ports, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Judge recuses from case on Nandigram, imposes Rs 5 lakh cost on Mamata ATRI MITRA KOLKATA, JULY 7 JUSTICE KAUSIK Chanda Wednesday recused from hearing the petition filed in the Calcutta High Court by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging the Assembly poll result in Nandigram, but imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on her for “calculated psychological offensives and vilification adopted to seek recusal”. On June 24, the single-judge Bench of Justice Chanda had reserved its order on Banerjee’s plea seeking his recusal and pointing to the “likelihood of bias” on the part of the judge given his association with the BJP during his time as a lawyer. INSIDE AUDIO TAPES LEAK: JAIPUR COURT SEEKS SHEKHAWAT’S VOICE SAMPLES PAGE 8 In his order, Justice Chanda said he was recusing from the case to prevent “trouble-mongers” from creating “newer controversies”. “It is preposterous to suggest thataJudgehavingapastassociation with a political party as a lawyer should not receive a case involving the said political party or any of its members. The past association of a Judge with a political party by itself cannot form apprehension of bias. This CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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