PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE THRISSUR l SUNDAY l JANUARY 19, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION STRENGTH OF A WOMAN FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT JOYFUL PLACE OF SULTANS Jung Chang, an exiled Chinese author now based in London, whose books are banned in her own country, opens up about the price she had to pay to become a writer. “It is still dangerous to be a writer in China,” she says Kiran Nadar Museum of Art recently showcased the work of Haku Shah—a driving force behind diluting the elitist perception of art The Mandu Festival in Madhya Pradesh aims to reinvent the complex heritage of an ancient Malwa town in the Vindhya mountain range COVER STORY EXCLUSIVE VOICES HERE’S TO THE FUTURE The rise of foldable smartphones, wireless charging and popularity of 5G will mark the tech narrative of 2020. High on energy, tech researchers are showing us the future you wouldn’t have believed 20 years ago Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ Prabhu Chawla ■ ■ 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 30 years on, Pandits who fled the Valley tell tales of loss F AYA Z W A N I & R I T W I K A M I T R A @ Srinagar/New Delhi TIME is the best healer, they say. Not for Shadi Lal, 58, an ayurvedic practitioner in Jammu. Lal was among the first Kashmiri Pandits to flee the Valley 30 years back after waves of militant threat swept the frigid plains and mountains of Kashmir. Originally from Tangwari Payeen village in Baramulla, Lal, 28 then, and his family boarded a hired vehicle for the long journey to Jammu, where he still lives. “We left for Jammu in the early hours of January 18 and reached here in the evening,” he said. Lal’s family was told by officials supervising relief camps that they would have to stay in the camp for 15 days after which they would be shifted back to the Valley. Days turned into months and months into 30 years and they continue to live in Jammu as displaced people. “We’re on the verge of losing our identity and culture. We’ve been at the crossroads for three decades and our fate hasn’t changed for the good,” he said. Ratan Pandit, another of those who fled the Kashmir Valley in the early days of the exodus, shares Lal’s pain. Living in Greater Noida just outside Delhi, Ratan from Handwara said life changed overnight for him Ratan Pandit | ARUN KUMAR and his family . “We fled to Srinagar in a food supplies truck which had gone to deliver ration to the Army. There was coal in the truck. By time, we reached Srinagar, we could not recognise ourselves. From there, we went to Jammu. At that point, the only thought was we should remain alive. We fled with some gold, `20,000 in cash and our documents,” he recalled, his eyes welling up. “The exodus from the Valley is an event nobody can forget. The day is etched in our memory,” said Ratan’s brother, CONTINUED ON: P9 Ashok. Prepaid mobile restored in J&K The J&K administration on Saturday ordered the restoration of prepaid mobile services in the Valley. Order was also issued to restore 2G mobile internet in two out of 10 districts Amit Shah: Those After confrontation with Guv, state who oppose CAA govt now strikes a conciliatory note are anti-Dalit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram Accuses Cong of pursuing a divisive agenda and creating confusion among minorities P R A M O D K U M A R V A I D YA @ Hubballi I want to tell Muslim brothers that no one can take away your citizenship, no one wants to take away also. You have the same rights as much we have Amit Shah Sibal toes BJP line on CAA Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday echoed the BJP’s position on CAA, saying there is no way a state can stop the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which is passed by the Parliament. “It’s unconstitutional,” he said at an event in Kozhikode. MOUNTING a strong defence of the Citizenship Amendment Act, Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday termed those against CAA as “anti-Dalit”. Addressing a public meeting here on the new Act as part of the BJP’s nationwide ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’, Shah said 70 per cent of refugees in India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who will benefit from the newlyamended citizenship law, hail from Dalit communities. “Are you against offering citizenship to these persecuted Dalits?” he asked the Opposition parties including the Congress. In his half-an-hour speech, Shah lashed out at the Congress for procrastinating on the issue despite promises made by their tallest leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad. Even Mahatma Gandhi had assured the minorities of the neighbouring countries of protection through Indian citizenship, he claimed. But the Congress is not even ready to listen to what Gandhi had promised, Shah charged. He also accused the Congress of dividing the country on the basis of religion and creating confusion among the minority community . The amendment to the Act has been brought to offer citizenship but not to snatch any other, Shah clarified and assured Indian Muslims that they should have no concern about the amended Act. “They (Congress and others) are trying to spread lies. I want to tell Muslim brothers of the country that no one can take away your citizenship, no one wants to take away. You have the same rights in this country as much we have. Nothing will happen to you,” he said. Shah pointed out that these religiously persecuted refugees were living a miserable life. “Narendra Modi’s government has thought of giving citizenship to them to protect their human rights,” he said. AFTER its spat with Governor Arif Mohammed Khan over the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) suit turned ugly and escalated into a major controversy, the state government struck a conciliatory note on Saturday aimed at defusing the ongoing tension. Law Minister A K Balan clarified that the government has never questioned the Governor’s authority. Regretting interpretations to this effect, Balan said steps will be taken to allay the concer ns expressed by the Governor after consultations with le g al experts. However, Balan said the state government filed a suit in the Supreme Court as per Article 131 of the Constitution. The state government is entitled to take legal recourse and there is no backtracking from that stance, Balan told reporters. He said the government need not get the Governor’s sanction on all matters. “Only in matters of confrontation with the Centre or with other gover nments do the need arise. In this matter, there is no such confrontation,” said Delhi polls: Cong’s first list of candidates out Malappuram: A 47-year-old man was arrested for sexually abusing his four minor daughters at Valanchery near here on Saturday. According to the police, the man abused his daughters aged 17, 15, 13 and 10 who are studying in a convent school in the area in Classes of XI, IX, VII and V. The incident came to light when the younger daughter revealed the abuse to school authorities during a counselling session. P5 New Delhi: The Congress has relied on new faces to wrest its lost turf from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital. In its first list of 54 candidates released on Saturday, the party has nominated 40 new faces to take on AAP and BJP which is also making a desperate attempt to end its political exile of 21 years in the city. The remaining 14 candidates are party veterans-a former union minister, Delhi ministers, incumbent councilors and atleast two ex-member of Municipal Corporations. Kapil Sibal criticises Guv Malappuram: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday criticised Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, saying he should read the Constitution one more time to properly understand a governor’s role in democratic system. “The governor is not above the state government,” he said. P4 Industry cheers but BJP jeers at Aaditya’s nightlife move S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai MUMBAI’s hospitality industry is upbeat about the Maharashtra government’s decision to allow shops, malls and eateries in non-residential areas of the metropolis to remain open 24x7 from January 26. “It will truly make aamchi Mumbai a global city gushed Kunal Vardhan ,” who runs the Atria Mall in Worli. His sentiments struck an instant bond with Indian Hotel and Restaurants Association president Niranjan Shetty who , said, “Mumbai is known as ‘the city that does not sleep’ but it sure has lost some of its charm and night life in the past few years. There can still be life if the proposal is adopted for it will boost tourism, generate jobs and revenue for government.” While announcing the move, Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “Indore’s Sarafa Market is open at night. Even Ahmedabad city has No change made some changes in in norms its policy last year. It is up to malls Mumbai, too, should not and shops to lag behind in providing decide if they similar facilities to peo- want to remain ple at night as the me- open round the tropolis functions 24x7.” clock. It is not Aaditya, who has compulsory been batting for all- and no norms night-open eateries and have been other establishments in changed the city since 2013, said the move will boost tourism, generate demand and revive industries. Most importantly, it will create jobs as malls and shopping complexes will have to deploy three shifts to manage a 24X7 shopping demand cycle. Officials said the ‘night life” project will initially be limited to Saturdays and Sundays. Later, as response improves, it will be extended to other days as well. However, the move has run into opposition from the BJP which believes it will , encourage drinking and disturb peace. CONTINUED ON: P9 ATS POLICE STATION SET UP AT ANGAMALY DANCING IN RHYTHM Thekkinkad Maidan in Thrissur witnessed a rare spectacle as more than 6,000 girls from various parts of the state performed a mega mohiniyattom on Saturday. Choreographed by Kalamandalam Dhanusha Sanyal, the 15-minute performance was based on Sree Narayana Guru’s ‘Kundalinipattu’. A Guinness World Record attempt, the programme was organised by the SNDP Yogam | EXPRESS EXPRESS READ Man held for molesting four minor daughters Balan. “The state government has only invoked Article 131 of the Constitution. That should not be seen as an infringement of the rights of the Governor,” he said. According to observers, the government chose to adopt a conciliatory note keeping in mind the upcoming assembly session and the Governor’s policy address. The state government needs the Governor’s assent to re-convene the assembly and any adverse remarks against the government in Khan’s policy address could put the LDF government in a tight spot. MAXIMUM CITY The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) station will have jurisdiction over the entire state to exclusively handle terrorist and anti-national cases | P4 MEETING NEXT WEEK Muslim groups plan to regulate use of loudspeakers in mosques EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Malappuram VARIOUS Muslim organisations in the state have come forward with a call to regulate u s e o f l o u d s p e a ke r s i n mosques, whether it be for namaz calls (baanku vili) or other religious programmes, including speeches and meetings. To take a final call on the matter, the Muslim Service Society (MSS) will hold a meeting of various Muslim organisations in Kozhikode next week. T K Abdul Kareem, MSS state general secretary, told TNIE that the representatives of religious groups, including EK Sunnis, AP Sunnis, Mujahid and Jamaat-e-Islami, will take part in the meeting. According to MSS, the firm stand earlier taken on the matter by Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, state president of Indian Union Muslim League and vice-president of Representatives of Muslim religious groups, including EK Sunnis, AP Sunnis, Mujahid and Jamaat-e-Islami, will take part in the meeting T K Abdul Kareem, MSS state general secretary Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, and C Muhammed Faizy, state Haj committee chairman, had inspired it to organise the meeting. Thangal had in an earlier statement said when prayers and other religious ceremonies are being held in mosques, the sound from loudspeakers should not cause disturbances to those who are not part of the function. Muhammed Faizy had also said some mosques in the state use loudspeakers that are set at a volume much higher than actually required. “Loudspeakers with a capacity to call up to 1,000 people are being used in certain areas, when they actually need to call just about 100 people,” Faizy had said. Explaining the agenda of the meeting, Abdul Kareem said it is aimed at taking a decision to bring in regulation on the use of loudspeakers in ● More on P6 mosques.
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