Nations are built by those with positive mindsets and a national vigour, not by those who are compulsive contrarians The Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected and if the elected are undermined, democracy itself would be in danger MADURAI SUNDAY AUGUST 25, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION ABVP student leader, President of the Delhi University Students Union in 1974 Led protests against Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, jailed for 19 months from 1975-77 Began practicing law in 1977, argued before SC and other courts, later became one of country’s top lawyers Additional solicitor general at 37, under the V P Singh government in 1990, probed Bofors scam Union minister of state during NDA-1 under Vajpayee in 1999, elevated to Cabinet as Law minister in 2000 Rajya Sabha MP for first time in 2000, elected from Gujarat Head of Delhi cricket association in 1999, became vice president of BCCI in 2009 Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha from 2009-14; supported Narendra Modi in his bid to become the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate AMIT BANDRE Lawyer to lawmaker 28 DECEMBER 1952 ARUN JAITLEY 24 AU G U ST 2 0 1 9 NO. 2 IN CABINET Cabinet minister under Modi 1.0 from 2014, held Finance, Corporate Affairs portfolios; also took care of Defence when Manohar Parrikar became unwell BJP’S JEWEL, MODI’S SHIELD Brilliant strategist who was known for pithy one-liners MANISH ANAND C ONSIDERED one of the key architects of an electorallydominant Bharatiya Janata Party former finance minis, ter Arun Jaitley lost a long battle with cancer on Saturday leaving admirers in dis, belief and political foes saddened. In 2009, he and Sushma Swaraj were seen as the BJP’s GenNext leaders. And Jaitley was spoken about as a prime ministerial candidate. Both were earlier brought to the political centrestage by party patriarch L K Advani. But in a twist of fate, both departed in just 18 days, leaving behind their firm imprints. An astute strategist who worked behind the scenes to fuel the rise of the BJP, Jaitley rose from the lower rungs of the RSS, having been the Delhi University Students Union president as an ABVP activist. Jaitley soon rubbed shoulders with tall leaders after taking the plunge into politics during Emergency In less than three decades, he was . a Cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre. A food connoisseur, Jaitley had a tough time dealing with his diabetic condition, which ultimately made him opt for bariatric surgery in 2016. Two years later, he underwent kidney transplant. In the same year, doctors detected he was suffering from soft tissue cancer as well. In view of his poor health, Jaitley opted out of the Modi 2.0 Cabinet. On August 9 after a bout of breathlessness, he was admitted to AIIMS, where he breathed his last. A lawyer par excellence, Jaitley brought deep legal insight for the BJP and senior party leaders during the two-and-a-half decades of bitter political rivalry with ruling dispensations at the Centre. He proved to be an impregnable legal shield for both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah when they were pursued by investigating agencies during the UPA regime. Within the BJP, Jaitley fast emerged as a strategist after Advani drafted him into his core team in the early 1990s. He scripted the alliance between the BJP and the Janata Dal (U) to wrest power in Bihar in 2005 from the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which ruled the state for one-and-a-half decades. During this time he was also the party’s in-charge of Gujarat, which coincided with the emergence of Modi as a national leader. HIS `0 BILLS... P7 1 held in Kochi on suspicion of LeT ties, 3 in Coimbatore EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi/Coimbatore DRAMATIC scenes unfolded in the Ernakulam Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-I hall on Saturday as police detained a man who came to surrender before the court. Abdul Khader Raheem, 39, of Thrissur, was taken into custody by Ernakulam Central police on suspicion of having links with the six-member Lashkar-e-Toiba gang said to have sneaked into Tamil Nadu from Sri Lanka. Raheem’s counsel R O Muhammed Shemeem alleged that a human trafficking racket, with Kerala roots, operating in Bahrain was trying to implicate him for helping a Malayalee woman escape their clutches. Officers said he was detained based on intelligence inputs. Police had picked up a woman from Raheem’s auto garage at Aluva, near Kochi, on Friday Shemeem said Ra. heem came to court to surrender as he suspected a plot to implicate him. Shemeem said Raheem worked as a mechanic in Bahrain since 2000. He returned to Kerala at the end of 2018 but went back to Bahrain on a visiting visa in July 2019. There, he met a woman, who had worked with him earlier, and saved her from the traffickers. The duo landed in Kochi on Thursday . Raheem claimed members of the racket posed as CID agents and took his identity cards using which they implicated him. Raheem reportedly told police he had never visited Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Special Intelligence Unit of TN police detained one man from Chennai and two from Coimbatore, who were allegedly in touch with Raheem, for questioning in Coimbatore on Saturday . EXPRESS READ Rahul, other oppn leaders sent back from Srinagar A multi-party delegation, which included Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, was sent back from Srinagar airport on Saturday due to security reasons. The opposition leaders said they wanted to take stock of the situation in the Kashmir Valley | P7 ALL STRINGS ATTACHED Sumit Nagal sets up dream US Open date with Federer Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal (22) will take on Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the US Open first round after winning the final qualifying game on Saturday. “He is God of tennis. I look forward to it,” Nagal, ranked 190th in the world, said | P12 PLUS 12 PAGES COVER STORY WITH THIS ISSUE Ultimate Lutyens insider, master orator with the gift of the gab S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA F President Ram Nath Kovind consoles former Union minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi, at their residence in Greater Kailash in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI I have lost a valued friend. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels Narendra Modi, PM Jaitley was a leader with deep intellect & knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed Pranab Mukherjee, former President BIG BULLY Markets to roil as Trump hikes China tariffs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HOURS after ordering all American companies to exit China, US President Donald Trump followed up on his quixotic pursuit by increasing the existing and planned tariffs on $550 billion worth Chinese goods. It was a tit-for-tat for levy hikes announced by China on $75 billion of US imports. The ongoing trade war is bound to roil global markets, with Dow Jones plunging 600 points on Friday and S&P 500 registering its fourth straight weekly loss. It remains to be seen how Indian markets will factor in the US-China skirmish while responding to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s economic stimulus package announced on Friday . While China called out Trump’s bullying, Beijing is known to press all the wrong buttons ahead of bilateral and multilateral meets for diplomatic coercion. Why else did it time its retaliatory tariffs against US exports days before the G7 meet? China has tried to needle India that way on multiple occasions. But Trump is not someone who will grin and bear it, even if his country’s economy slips into recession. Won’t acquire land sans green nod: ONGC S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE land acquisition process for drilling of 104 hydrocarbon wells in Cauvery delta region would commence only after environmental clearance is obtained, clarified Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officials in response to a query raised by the Union environment ministry . Usually, the land acquisition process is initiated parallel to obtaining statutory clearances. However, the Office of ONGC’s Sub-Surface Manager of Cauvery Asset in Karaikal, in a letter dated July 29 to Member Secretary (Industrial Project-II) of environment ministry, said, “Land has not yet been acquired for these proposed 104 wells. Land acquisition... will be taken up after obtain- 104 WELLS In June, ONGC submitted a proposal for drilling 104 new hydrocarbon producing wells in 16 fields in the Cauvery basin. These will be development not exploratory wells. The estimated cost of the entire project is `1,560 crore. ing environmental clearance.” On June 25, the ministry sought a copy of land allotment/lease from ONGC. ONGC’s decision might be the result of unrest against hydrocarbon projects and a Madras High Court ruling quashing land acquisition for the Chennai-Salem expressway The . Centre challenged the order in the Supreme Court. When the case came up for hearing on August 22, National Highways Authority of India said getting environmental clearance before land acquisition would be “like putting the cart before the horse”. Everyone in the BJP always depended on him for solutions to complex issues ... He never failed to recommend good restaurants to me L K Advani, BJP leader Had a long innings as Parliamentarian. His contributions to public life will forever be remembered Sonia Gandhi, Congress president ROM the benches of Lodhi Gardens to Supreme Court benches, from inner party chambers to Parliament’s Central Hall — a certain part of New Delhi will not be the same. More than the imposing structural edifices or the grandeur of Rajpath, what breathes life, character and colour to the capital city are the people who inhabit those structures of power and politics. And Arun Jaitley was the ultimate Lutyens insider — the one man who had a deft, definitive influence on what went on across many domains. Though he lived in South Delhi, except for a brief while when he had to reluctantly shift to a Lutyens bungalow earlier inhabited by George Fernandes, he had a sure spinner’s grip on how politics and power equations in the heart of the Indian republic shaped up in tangible and intangible ways. During Jaitley’s brief stint as a resident there, the bungalow was not quite gateless, but his doors were open for friends, followers and colleagues, both from politics, the legal fraternity and yes, the media. , It’s his accessibility and amiable nature that helped him create a charmed circle, something that served the BJP well in those 10 years in opposition. (Although, early during UPA-II, when a BJP return seemed a dim prospect, he confided to some of us at a private function that he was actively considering quitting politics and running for BCCI president!) In government, the jury will be out on his ministerial talent, especially as Finance Minister in Modi 1.0 — but always in evidence was a suave sharpness, wit and ability to analyse anything from world affairs, legal tangles, cut-and-dried economic issues to food with a riveting, anecdotal savoir faire. For those tracking the ups and downs of Indian politics, it was noticeable how the rise of Jaitley’s durbar, so to speak, went in tandem with the slow decline of the Left’s hold over the political discourse, through the phasing out of two such drawing rooms, that of Harkishen Singh Surjeet’s and Somnath Chatterjee’s. And, later the disappearing queues at 10 Janpath. Of course, L K Advani and A B Vajpayee laid the foundation of that shift with their mass appeal, but it was Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj — both 1952-born lawyer-turned-politicians — who built on it and created the atmospherics, with their oratory , gift of the gab and canniness. NOT A MAN FRIDAY... P7
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