AMIT BANDRE COIMBATORE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 07, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION People’s minister who was a powerful orator M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi SUSHMA Swaraj’s sudden death at AIIMS, Delhi on Tuesday night after a massive cardiac arrest stunned not just BJP leaders but many across the political spectrum. She was 67. Poetess, lawyer, politician — Swaraj wore many hats. Her humane approach as foreign minister in the first term of the Narendra Modi government separated her from the crowd. Swaraj came from a Socialist background to join the BJP’s earlier avatar, Jan Sangh, just after Emergency was lifted. When she was just 25, she became a cabinet minister in Haryana, the youngest ever to do so. Swaraj’s oratorical skills saw her emerging as frontline spokesperson of the BJP during the 1990s when the party began making a strong mark in Indian politics, with L K Advani charting a hardline Hindutva course with the Ram temple issue. Swaraj was Advani’s protege along with the likes of Pramod Mahajan and Govindacharya. As fate would have it, Swaraj replaced Advani as leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha after the RSS ushered in a genera- tional change in the party’s leadership. With Arun Jaitley leading the charge in the Rajya Sabha, Advani’s two pupils turned the political heat on the Manmohan Singh-led government during 2009-14. True to the mark of a mass leader, Swaraj won seven Lok Sabha elections, while opting out of electoral politics in 2019 polls on health grounds. Jaitley once described Swaraj as a brave politician, saying she set high standard for those in public life by disclosing her health conditions fully That was . when both her kidneys had failed. Afterwards, she received a transplant and recovered. Within the BJP, Swaraj was indeed seen as someone who always took challenges. She happily accepted the task to become chief minister of Delhi when the BJP struggled for leadership ahead of 1998 Assembly polls. She also took the challenge to contest against Sonia Gandhi from Bellary in Karnataka and she even learnt Kannada to connect with the people. Known to mine Twitter for hours, Swaraj brought the human face of the MEA to people CONTINUED ON: P9 in distress. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a Minister we saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world SUSHMA SWARAJ 14 02 1952 - 06 08 2019 1973: Started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court 1977: Cabinet member in Haryana govt as age 25, youngest to do so Oct 13, 1998: Became Delhi Chief Minister Sept 30, 2000: I&B, telecom minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt Jan 29, 2003: Shifted to ministries of health and family welfare, parliamentary affairs Dec 21, 2009: leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha May 26, 2014: Union minister of external affairs in Modi govt Narendra Modi, PM MANY FIRSTS First female BJP chief minister, general secretary, Leader of Opposition. Only female MP honoured with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. Won seven Lok Sabha elections J&K INTEGRATION NOW COMPLETE J&K Reorganisation Bill becomes law after Lok Sabha also passed it; next on the agenda is delimitation of constituencies; Home Minister Amit Shah clarifies the J&K situation will not affect the ongoing Naga talks M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi IN 32 hours flat, Parliament put its stamp on the Modi government’s grand plan to ‘fully integrate’ J&K with the rest of the country, and reorganise it to unveil a demographic and political realignment. That the next course of action before holding Assembly elections for the newly carved out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir would be delimitation of the constituencies for a fair representation of the Jammu and Kashmir regions was hinted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Stating that all laws enacted by Parliament would now come into force in J&K, he withdrew the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha to give effect to the 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections. The Lok Sabha adopted the statutory resolution to defang Article 370 with 366 ayes and 66 noes, while the division of votes for the J&K Reorganisation Bill was passed with 370 ayes and 70 noes. Minutes after the passage in the LS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that J&K would see a new beginning. “I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vest- BCCI CEO gets `5.6 crore hike V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai THE Committee of Administrators (CoA) has given BCCI CEO Rahul Johri performance bonus of around `5.6 crore as part of his salary package. The raise includes incentives and other benefits, making Johri the highest paid staff in the BCCI, more than India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, who gets around `7 crore per year. Johri will get around `10 a year. As per Johri’s contract, his performance is evaluated annually and increments are awarded in the form of variables linked with the increase in BCCI’s revenue out of the efforts of the CEO. But Johri, who earns around `5.77 cr per year, wa sn’t given an increment for two ye ars. He had written to the CoA for an increment for the period between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2018, during which he has overseen the BCCI bag a record IPL deal. “He was supposed to get this hike if there is an increase in the revenue because of his efforts. His role was to promote domestic cricket and get revenue out of it, but that has not happened” an official who played a role in Johri’s appointment said. Analysts had attributed e-auction as a reason for IPL’s bi ggest ever broadcast deal. Incidentally, Johri had opposed the e-auction and was accepted only after Subramaniam Swamy moved the SC. ed interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!” Shah also clarified the J&K actions won’t affect the ongoing Naga talks. To NCP member Supriya Sule’s question on how there could be different yardsticks for J&K and the Naga issue, Shah said, “Nagaland is unique and has a history of its own.” Making the policy stance clear, Shah said there would be no talks with the Hurriyat leadership while adding that the gover nment would reach out to the people in J&K. Introducing the resolution and Bill, Shah said Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is an integral part of India, including the 24 Assembly seats from the region. Arguing against Article 370, Shah asked why J&K didn’t take up the delimitation exercise for fair representation of the people even as it was done across the country. “Former PMs Manmohan Singh and I K Gujral had migrated to Punjab from Pakistan and rose to occupy high offices. If they had migrated to J&K, they wouldn’t have gained even voting rights. Don’t such disenfranchised people have human rights?” asked Shah. PM CHANGES ARTICLE TO VERB TO NATIONALISE KASHMIR History’s child Prime Minister Narendra Modi rewrote the present to define the future by correcting the past, observes Prabhu Chawla | P8 MODI DID WHAT NEHRU WANTED TO, BUT COULDN’T A woman walks on a deserted street during a curfew in Srinagar on Tuesday | AFP On Dec 27, 1963, Jawaharlal Nehru told the Lok Sabha that Article 370 had been “eroded and Kashmir stands fully integrated”, writes S Gurumurthy | P9 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Cong clueless, even Scindia supports govt R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi IF an example was needed on how the Congress’ official line on national issues is completely out of tune with the larger public sentiment, dividing the party down the middle, then the resolution to emasculate Article 370 and redraw J&K would be at the top. On Tuesday as the Lok , Sabha debated the J&K Reorganization Bill and the resolution that re- LEGACY LIVES ON EDUCATIONIST, PSBB FOUNDER Mrs. YGP DIES S U S H M I T H A R A M A K R I S H N A N @ Chennai RENOWNED educationist and founder of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools, Rajalakshmi YG Parthasarathy passed away at a city hospital on Tuesday She was 93. She was admitted to . the hospital on Monday after she complained of breathlessness. She received Padma Shri in 2010 for her contributions to education and literature. Hundreds of students, teachers, friends and family members gathered to pay homage at the PSBB campus on Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar, where her remains were kept. Parthasarathy, along with a few friends, est abl i s h e d t h e f i r s t branch of PSBB School way back in 1958, in Nungambakkam. What started from a thatched shed on the terrace of her residence with 13 Rajalakshmi YG Parthasarathy students, as a venture to teach music and Hindu shlokas to children, soon expanded into a group of schools with six branches across India. In recent years, the total capacity crossed 10,000 students. “We weren’t happy how most schools were imitating the Anglo-Indian system,” Parthasarathy had told Express in 2017. “They were doing so without questioning or tweaking it to suit our context. So we wanted to establish a school that would guide children on our culture and tradition without compromising on contemporary aspects.” Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy was married to dramatist YG Parthasarathy and is survived by her , two sons — actor YG Mahendra and YG Rajendra. ceived wide public support, several Congress leaders, veteran and Young Turks, publicly backed the government’s move. They include young leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora and Deepender Hooda. The seniors who didn’t tow the party line were Janardan Dwivedi, Ashwani Kumar and Anil Shastri. Others who went with the BJP on Article 370 include Congress MLA in UP Aditi Singh, Rajasthan Spor ts Minister Ashok China told off after it bristles on Ladakh UT Chandna and party national spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. Anil Shastri, son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, said Congress must sense the mood of the people and then take a stand. “No doubt the people at large are perceiving revocation of Article 370 as a bold decision... The people are totally with the government on this issue. We opposed Mandal (reservation for backward classes) and lost UP and Bihar and should not risk now of losing India,” tweeted Shastri. CHINA on Tuesday criticised India’s decision to reorganise Ladakh as a Union Territory saying it was not acceptable, and advised it to avoid unilateral actions to change the status quo in J&K to avoid tension. The Ministry of External Affairs was acidic in its rebuttal with spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saying “India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and it expects other nations to do likewise.” In Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan threatened to take the issue to the UN, warning “it would create more Pulwama like situations.” The Chinese and Pakistan reactions came on the heels of the US State Department and the UAE saying J&K’s reorganisation was India’s internal affair. UN chief Antonio Gutteres advised restraint by both sides. China’s strong reaction came on the back of Union Home Minister Amit Shah telling Parliament that India’s J&K was inclusive of PoK and Aksai Chin, which is under Chinese occupation. Aadhaar compulsory for govt, aided school kids SUSHMITHA RAMAKRISHNAN @ Chennai HAVING an Aadhaar card is now mandatory for all students in government and aided schools. A circular issued by the School Education department on Monday has , asked schools to ensure that all students have a unique identification and compulsorily link these details with the Educational Management Information System (EMIS)- a central data repository of the State. The Aadhaar registration and collection of these details for EMIS is done by Samagra Shiksha, which is party funded by the Central Government. However, making Aadhaar mandatory for students is a violation of the Supreme Court ruling, said Raghu Godavar, a member of the Rethink Aadhaar campaign which aims to ensure that people are aware of their rights with respect to Aadhaar. “School admissions are neither a subsidy nor a benefit. It is part of a child’s fundamental right ensured by the Right to Education Act,” he said. PARENTAL CONSENT CRUCIAL, SAY EXPERTS Activists say that as far as children are concerned, it is illegal for schools to take a student for Aadhaar registration or collect such details without parental consent. The government’s circular does not talk about parental consent EXPRESS READ Youth attacked for wearing sunglasses Cuddalore: A 20-year-old Dalit man was attacked near Virudhachalam by a group of caste Hindus, allegedly for wearing sunglasses and riding a bike. While the main accused in the case is absconding, police say they have arrested three others. P5 Para 332 (c) of the Supreme Court’s Aadhaar judgment in 2018 states: “Insofar as the school admissions of children are concerned, requirement of Aadhaar would not be compulsory as it is neither a service nor subsidy .” He also said that as far as children are concerned, it is illegal for schools to take them for Aadhaar registration or collect details without parental consent. While the circular entails 17 guidelines on how schools and officials should register students for Aadhaar and link their information with EMIS, none of them speak about the necessity of parental consent. ‘Beloved’ Morrison takes her final bow Novelist Toni Morrison, known for her writings chronicling the ‘black’ experience and the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize, died on Tuesday at 88 She was 40 when her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published. She went on to write 10 other novels Slavery, misogyny, supernaturalism and colourism were her themes After six novels, she became the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize in 1993 18 02 1931 - 05 08 2019 Her most famous work Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It tells the story of a former slave who kills her baby to ensure it is never enslaved | P11
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