eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE On a Wing & a Prayer NEWDELHI,LATECITY The insects that hold the world together are on the decline. What could their loss mean for us? PAGES 14, 15, 16 AUGUST22,2021 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BABRI DEMOLISHED UNDER HIS WATCH Blending Mandal and Kamandal, he rose like a meteor — to fade like one ABDULLAH SAYS TALIBAN HAVE PROMISED SAFETY Chaos worsening at airport, two Indian flights with 350 on board take off from Kabul Generations will remain forever grateful for his work towards India’s Govt looks for cultural regeneration: Prime Minister ways to get out all Indians as US tells RAVISH TIWARI its citizens to stay NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 away from airport KALYAN SINGH, who blended UAPA slapped, 15 held in Assam for ‘pro-Taliban’ posts SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 KALYAN SINGH 1932-2021 Singh for his contribution towards India’s “cultural regeneration”. And that he “gave voice to crores of people belonging to the marginalised sections of society”, working for the “empowerment of farmers, youngsters and women”. After his 13-day BJP government in 1996, Atal Bihari Vajpayee returned to power in 1998 with 182 Lok Sabha seats CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 5 Want to provide vaccines to schools, first doses likely by September: Zydus THEIR DEPARTURE delayed because of the chaos at the Kabul airport and the deteriorating situation in the city which fell to the Taliban last Sunday, two Indian evacuation flights flew outaround350peopleSaturday. The flights, sources said, are expected to land in India in the early hours of Sunday. Sources said the departures were delayed owing to “logistics issues”atKabulairport—itisstill under the control of US forces. Thereischaosoutsidetheairport with the Taliban controlling the access points. The first two evacuation flights, operated with IAF C-17 aircraft, flew out around 200 people — over 40 last Monday, and around 150 people, including Indian diplomats, officials, security personnel and some stranded Indian nationals, Tuesday. These missions were accomplished with US support. Following the two evacuation flights, the Ministry of External Affairs said the focus CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TORA AGARWALA GUWAHATI, AUGUST 21 US Marines, coalition forces assist a child during evacuation at Kabul airport on Friday. AP E E X P L A I NE D Mandal with Kamandal — caste identity politics with Hindutva — into a potent political mix that became the fuel for the BJP’s expansion, passed away Saturday evening in a hospital in Lucknow after a prolonged illness. He was 89. Much before the emergence of NarendraModionthenational scene, it was Kalyan Singh who was seen in party ranks as the “Hindu-Hriday Samrat”. His rise in the party was meteoric — its peak marked by the demolition of the Babri Masjid under his watchasChief Minister—andhis fall and fadeout almost as rapid. Incidentally, in 2017, the BJP returned to power in UP after a gap of 15 years riding the same mix of Mandal-Kamandal and is trying to tap into the same coalitions ahead of next year’s polls. Expressing his condolences, Prime Minister Modi said that “generations to come will remain forever grateful” to Kalyan Thepullout,the ● challenge THE CHAOS outside Kabul airport signals the logistics challenge that evacuation flights face. US troops still control the airport, and the pull-out window is open. But the Taliban control access points. FULL COVERAGE PAGE 11 Taliban stop 72 Afghan Sikhs, Hindus headed to India: You are Afghans, so can’t leave DIVYA GOYAL GOPAL LUDHIANA, AUGUST 21 AT LEAST 72 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus,includingtwoMembers of Parliament representing the minority community, were stopped by the Taliban from boarding an IAF aircraft, and returned from the Kabul airport Saturday. EXPRESS NETWORK 1DEAD, 4 CRITICAL AFTER ANARMY ENDURANCE RUN SOHINI GHOSH AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 21 THEZYDUSGroupSaturdaysaid it hoped to make its vaccine that canbeusedforages12yearsand above,andwhichgotemergency use approval Friday, available to institutions like schools and colleges, but the decision would finally depend on talks with the government and its requirements. It also said that if everything goes as planned, by middle or end of September, it could deliver the initial doses of ZyCoV-D. Inavirtualmediainteraction, ZydusManagingDirectorSharvil Patel said, “We will make all efforts to make the vaccines available to institutions, schools, colleges, depending on how they lookatthe vaccinationplan...see to it that some doses are available for the private market.” However, things were at a very initial stage, he added. “We still need to go through a dialogue with the authorities... in terms of the expectations on doses they would like to administer. The decision will be in conjunction with what the government of India decides.” The plasmid DNA vaccine will be the first in the country PAGE 7 STARTING MONDAY, 8 P.M. DEADLINE FOR DELHI MARKETS LIFTS PAGE 3 that can be administered to those below 18. Expecting to hold talks with the government in “five to seven days”,Patelsaidthevaccinepricing — apart from the technology anddelivery devicethatZydusis workingwith—wouldalsobe“a fair reflection” of the number of doses the government commits to. But, given the benchmark of pricing set by existing vaccines, “there is not going to be a very huge difference”, he said. Patel admitted that their target of producing five crore doses by September had been delayed as the second wave of Covid had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAJGHAT RECORD The inundated samadhi as Delhi saw highest one-day rain in 13 years. Prem Nath Pandey PAGE4 If Pak uses gun to shut J&K, what’s wrong if we use stick to counter it: L-G DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, AUGUST 21 SAYING THAT no force was used to show a semblance of normalcyinJammuandKashmiron the second anniversary of the revocation of the state’s special status on August 5 this year, J&K Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha said Saturday that if Pakistan used the terror of a guntoshutthestatedown,there was nothing wrong if he used the stick to counter it. And that as long as he was there, there would be no compromise on this “fine line.” “People told me there would be a bandh on August 5. It didn’t strike me that August 5 was some important date... But with God’sgrace,therewasnobandh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TAKE LESSONS FROM TALIBAN: MEHBOOBA PAGE 5 Forced to flee their villages for revolt against a caste custom in Puri, Dalit families head back PAGE 1 ANCHOR AISHWARYA MOHANTY PURI, AUGUST 21 IN PURI district’s Nathapur village, a barren patch of land, with scattered bamboo houses — walls plastered with mud, with an outer layer of coconut leaves and roofs thatched with tarpaulin sheets to shield from rain — is now home to 40 families, trying to build their lives from scratch. The families, be- Vikramjit Singh Sahney, president of the World Punjabi Organization (WPO), told The Sunday Express that this batch of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, hoping to be evacuated to India along with 80 Indian nationals, had been waiting outside the airport for over 12 hours since Friday. The WPO, together with the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 longing to the Dalit community, who once led a content life in their village, 20 km from here, were driven away from their houses for allegedly refusing to obey the diktats ordered by upper caste villagers. Their home, Brahmapur, a settlement on an island in Chilika, now seems like a distant dream.Aspercustom,members of theDalitcommunitywereexpected to carry the palanquin in wedding processions of upper caste families and escort the groom or bride around the village, in return for a meal at the wedding. In 2013, young men A Dalit family ousted from Brahmapur at their kuchcha house, under construction at Nathapur. Aishwarya Mohanty from the community refused to carry the palanquin. What followed, eventually drove them out of their own homes. “Afterwerefusedtocarrythe palanquin, our access to fish in Chilika was prohibited. For ages, oursourceof livelihoodhasbeen fishing and all of a sudden we were denied our rights of livelihood. This led to the first ever migration from our community in our village. Young men just out of school started migrating to Chennai, Bengaluru to search forwork.Othersstartedworking as farm labourers in nearby CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN 18-year-old B.Com student, a 24-year-old medical student, a 26-year-oldlocaljournalistanda 49-year-old associated with the AIUDFareamong15peoplewho havebeenarrestedbytheAssam Police — almost all of them undertheUAPA—forallegedlyputting up social media posts that “support” the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Talking about the arrests, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had directedpoliceto“actwithoutfear and favour”. Sharing a post by a local news channel on Twitter, Sarma said: “Need cooperation from everyone to maintain peace and harmony." Assam Special DGP (Law and Order) G P Singh tweeted a list of 14 arrested people, belonging to 10 districts -- Kamrup (Rural), Darrang, Barpeta, Dhubri, South Salmara,Goalpara,Hojai,andthe Barak Valley districts of Hailakandi, Cachar and Karimganj.Mostofthemwerearrested between Friday night and Saturday morning. On Saturday evening, one more arrest, from Baksa district, was confirmed. While mostof thepoliceoffi- SUNDAY STORY PAGE 10 5 days, 4 nights IN KABUL Capturing the ordinary lives and the extraordinary collapse of the Afghan capital cials refused to share the exact poststhatwereallegedlyincriminating, Singh told The Sunday Express: “All the posts are such that they attract the penal provisions of Indian law.” He said most of the arrests had been made under IPC Sections 120 (B)/ 153(A)/ 505 (1) (c) / 505(2) of IPC(coveringconspiracy,posting of defamatory content, religious offence) and Section 39 of the UAPA (covering support to a terrorist organisation). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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