CHENNAI FRIDAY OCTOBER 11, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 52 LATE CITY EDITION AFTER SEX SCANDAL, DOUBLE NOBEL FOR LITERATURE Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Prize, which was delayed over a sex abuse scandal, while Peter Handke took the 2019 award OLGA TOKARCZUK PETER HANDKE CROSSING BOUNDARIES AS A FORM OF LIFE ■ 15th ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITER IN EUROPE’ The double prizes came after a year’s hiatus due to sex abuse allegations that rocked the secretive Swedish Academy, which selects the laureates. Polish novelist Tokarczuk, 57, won for her works that explore the “crossing of boundaries as a form of life”, while Austrian writer Handke, 76, was hailed for exploring “the periphery and the specificity of human experience” ■ Tokarczuk’s books portray a polychromatic world perpetually in motion. Her 900-page magnum opus The Books of Jacob spans seven countries, three religions and five languages The son of a German soldier he only met in adulthood, Handke is considered one of the most influential writers in Europe | P15 TOKARCZUK IS THE 15TH WOMAN TO WIN NOBEL LITERATURE IN A CENTURY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI EXPRESS READ TN stand on Mekedatu clear: EPS Days after K’taka renewed its efforts to get Central approval for building a reservoir across Cauvery at Mekedatu, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday, reiterated Tamil Nadu’s stand on the issue | P5 Shivinder arrested in fraud case New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested ex-Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh and three others for allegedly misappropriating funds of Religare Finvest worth `2,397 crore, officials said | P11 TN, 7 others barred from BCCI AGM The BCCI’s electoral officer has ruled Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra, UP, Manipur, Railways, Services and Universtties ineligible to attend the Oct 23 AGM. The matter is set to reach the Supreme Court now. | P18 K-pitch may not define talks Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi begin their informal summit in Mahabs today; Ambassador Sun Weidong plays the good cop, says the two nations pose no threat to each other P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi All ready for the big show INDIA and China may not see eye-to-eye on Kashmir but the issue is unlikely to overshadow Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mamallapuram for the second informal summit meeting, with Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong even emphasizing that the “two countries pose no threat” to each other. In an interview to a news agency on the eve of Xi’s visit, Sun said: “We believe that the summit will take bilateral relations to a higher level.” The Indian side did not issue any statement except announcing the schedule of the two-day meeting, which will begin with a guided tour of three monuments, a cultural programme followed by a dinner Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host for Xi. The substantive part will be on the second day when the two leaders , will have a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation level talks. Most retired diplomats and experts said there was no need for India to read too much into the Chinese statements on Kashmir after Xi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Wednesday “It is disappointing that people . give emphasis to issues on which India and China do not see eye-to-eye. Kashmir is one such issue, but the leaders are mature enough to put it behind them and have cooperative discussions,” said Kishan Rana, a former Ambassador and visiting fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies here. A research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University said China has been an allweather ally of Pakistan but it also realises that India is an important regional partner. “Both realise that there is no need for publicity when it comes to bilateral issues and they will not let one issue hamper their potential to work together,” he said. Another China watcher, however, disagreed. “The statement favouring India was given by the foreign ministry while the one against was issued by the Chinese President himself. This is indication enough of how important Kashmir is for them,” said a Sino-India relations research scholar at the Indian Council for World Affairs. P3 Mamallapuram is all decked up for its tryst with history. Roads have been renovated, new signages erected and all public property painted. A Buddha statue has been placed near the shore temple. Work on wooden walkways too is over FREE TRADE AGREEMENT India to join RCEP despite objections from RSS outfit J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi INDIA said on Thursday it would go ahead with final negotiations to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), despite objections from India Inc and RSS arm Swadeshi Jagran Manch, which flagged a surge in Chinese imports. The announcement comes a day ahead of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s informal summit at Mahabalipuram where the mega pact is expected to figure as part of the talks. To assuage the jittery Indian inSafeguard dustry, the commerce ministry ismeasures sued a statement on Thursday sayIndia wants an ing the focus of negotiations would auto-trigger be on putting in place safeguards for mechanism, domestic companies. These will inwhich will allow clude an auto-trigger mechanism India to charge against any surge in imports. higher import Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal duties for any is expected to travel to Bangkok later unexplained this week for final negotiations. A surge in imports. Leaders’ summit is scheduled on NoNegotiators also vember 4, in which Modi is expected want to backload to attend. Officials said these meettariff reductions, ings come at a crucial stage as which could “RCEP is scheduled to be announced lower duties on as concluded” in November. 74% of imports “The thinking is that it is better to to nil over a be inside than outside as there is 20-year period more to lose if we are out of the pact,” said Ambassador Pinak R Chakravarty ex- secretary (economic relations), MEA. , RCEP is a free trade agreement being negotiated among 10 Asean members and their six trading partners including China, Japan, India and Australia. Once in place, it will become the largest trading bloc globally , accounting for 40% of world GDP . CONTINUED ON: P17 WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 52 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) The lit-up sculpture depicting Arjuna’s Penance at Mahabs on the eve of the Modi-Xi summit | SHIBA PRASAD SAHU Leaving nothing to chance Every street has been occupied by the police and movement of locals is being closely monitored. Locals have been asked to carry Aadhaar or any other identity proof while stepping out of home Lower courts adjourned Lower courts in Chennai have adjourned cases till Saturday since the bulk of the city’s police force is on security duty at the Mahabs WILL DAMO HELP NAMO AND XI AT MAHABALIPURAM? I T is strategic civilisational diplomacy at its symbolic best. Narendra Modi found that his second informal summit with Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram in 2019 had been fixed 1,500 years ago by a prince of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled Mahabalipuram from Kanchipuram. The Pallava prince from Kanchipuram renounced the throne, became a Buddhist monk, known as Bodhi Dharma in India and DaMo in China, almost like how prince Siddhartha became Buddha. His guru asked him to go to Zhen Dan — today’s China. Bodhi Dharma, who became India’s first spiritual ambassador to China, also S GURUMURTHY The author is a commentator on political and economic affairs emerged as its chief mentor. Regarded as Buddhaabdara (Buddha’s Avatar), he expounded Zen Buddhism and founded the famous Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan province. Revered as the first Patriarch of China, the rest of the Buddhist world listed him as the 28th in line from Buddha. Modi is now reviving memories of Bodhi Dharma, to position him as the TOP OF THE WORLD MARY CONFIRMS RECORD 8TH MEDAL MC Mary Kom became the most successful boxer — male or female — in the history of the World Championships by ensuring her eighth medal after entering the semis in the ongoing edition in UlanUde, Russia, on Thursday. The six-time champion was joint-top with Cuba’s Felix Savon, who has seven medals to his name, before Thursday. | P19 icon of India’s civilisational outreach to China, which is integral to his overarching strategic civilisational diplomacy. Bodhi Dharma’s foray was not limited to China. Popular as DaMo in China, as Dalma in Korea, Daruma in Japan, Dharmottara in Tibet, with his name echoing in Vietnam too, he ended up as India’s cultural ambassador to most of Asia. Just as Modi began gradually changing the secular narrative of India into a civilisational narrative within after his historic victory in 2014, he extended it to foreign relations as well. In 2015, he began writing a strategic Hindu-Buddhist civilisational narrative to give thrust to India’s Look East philosophy . CONTINUED ON: P8 Moody’s slashes India growth projection to 5.8%, lower than RBI’s E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE race to the bottom of India’s FY20 GDP estimates has begun. On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service slashed its 2019-20 growth forecast for India to 5.8% from 6.2% projected earlier, citing pronounced slowdown led by weak investments and consumption. It comes barely a week after the Reserve Bank of India lowered GDP estimates to 6.1% from 6.9%. Moody’s revised figure is closer to OECD’s estimate of 5.9%. This is the second time Moody’s is lowering its India growth estimate for FY20. In March, it had reduced the estimate from 7% 6.8% on account of weak momentum of the economy . According to Moody’s, the drivers of deceleration are multiple, but mainly domestic and in part longlasting. What was an investment-led slowdown has broadened into consumption, driven by financial stress among rural households and weak job creation. The ongoing NBFC crisis intensified the problem. There is a silver lining, though, as growth will likely pick up to 6.6% in FY21 and to 7% over the mediumterm. Moody’s notes that while a 5% real GDP growth is considered high by international standards, it is not good enough for India.
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