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 ■ ■ amit bandre tiruchy l thursday l july 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION S hi l ajit M itra W e fell, head first, for D i l i p Ku m a r ’s smile. There’s Dilip, leaping up a window in Azaad (1955). In Kohinoor (1960), he’s a gently grinning prince stuck on Meena Kumari. His prankish nature is well documented by friends and colleagues. There’s nary a public photo of him without that trademark smile. ‘Tragedy King’ is a moniker best suited for history books. Dilip Kumar, who passed away at 98 in Mumbai after a prolonged illness, never missed a good laugh. To understand the Dilip Kumar story is to get a guided tour of the subcontinent’s past. He was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in Peshawar in British India. In the 1930s, his family relocated to Bombay, where his father set up a fruit export business. Though Bombay would forever be Dilip Kumar’s city, he also lived in Deolali and Pune for a while. His career, meanwhile, trailed past the confines of the Hindi film industry . He shot a number of his films in Chennai, and moved to Kurseong near Darjeeling for the 1970 Bengali film Sagina Mahato. Known for his acute, realistic performances, Dilip Kumar is credited for introducing method acting in Indian cinema. He went to incredible lengths to inhabit a character psychologically His naturalistic style cre. ated a fascinating friction with the era-defining films he starred in. It’s startling, even now, to dilip kumar (Muhammed Yusuf Khan ) 11 December 1922 ■ 7 July 2021 A conjurer of tears and smiles watch him refuse to chew up scenery in Mughal-E-Azam, or go irredeemably over-the-top in Ram Aur Shyam or Aan. “I never think of a character as a different person,” he told BBC Hindi in a 1969 interview. “If I’m offered a character aged 30, but the script doesn’t have the data for the 29 years of his life, I try to fill that in within the framework of the story…” As with any great star, Dilip Kumar’s legacy is inextricably tied up with other legends of his time. He was given his screen name by Devika Rani, the Bombay Talkies-head who offered him his first acting job (he debuted with Jwar Bhata in 1944). Since his family was close to the Kapoor clan, he formed a lasting friendship with Raj Kapoor, attending Khalsa College together and later collaborating in the 1949 romance Andaz. In a career spanning six decades, he rarely repeated directors, but when he did it was nothing short of event. Three of his best films – Devdas, Yahudi, Madhumati – were with Bimal Roy Me. hboob Khan punctuated the triangular romances of Andaz and Amar with the swashbuckling Aan. Late in his career, he became a favourite of Subhash Ghai, appearing in blistering blockbusters like Karma and Saudagar. Equally iconic were his collaborations with some of the greatest female leads of Indian cinema. Given their contrasting onscreen personas, he was paired regularly with Vyjayanthimala—their natural chemistry and funny banter, a battle half won for nervy producers. CONTINUED ON: P8 Rijiju gets Law, Mandaviya health Biggies like Javadekar, Prasad among 12 ministers sacked, seven promoted to Cabinet rank; 43 take oath of office; Scindia gets civil aviation; Anurag Thakur I&B Elevated to Cabinet Fresh in Modi Cabinet Bhupender Yadav Kiren Rijiju Jyotiraditya M Scindia Raj Kumar Singh Narayan Tatu Rane Sarbananda Sonowal Ramchandra Prasad Singh Ashwini Vaishnaw Dr Virendra Kumar Pashu Pati Kumar Paras New ministers of state Hardeep Singh Puri President Ram Nath Kovind (right) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the newly-inducted ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Aiming to do an image makeover and making the party poll ready with ample representation from the weaker sections of the society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday carried out a major shake-up of his council of ministers. The adverse impact of the second wave of Covid-19 apparently led to the culling of 12 ministers, including heavyweights Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar. With the government being hauled over the coals by an aggressive higher judiciary during the Covid second wave, Prasad’s possibly lost his place in the Cabinet. The new law minister is Kiren Rijiju, who has been elevated to cabinet rank. Javadekar was seen as not having delivered as the first spokesperson of the Centre in his role as minister for information and broadcasting. The new I&B minister is Anurag Thakur, who has also promoted to the Cabinet. Vardhan, in the firing line for not anticipating the Covid second wave, lost his health portfolio to Mansukh Mandaviya, who, too, was promoted. The axe also fell on Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ (education goes to Dharmendra Pradhan), Sadananda Gowda (chemicals and fertilizers now with Mandaviya as added responsibility) and six ministers of states, which included Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Babul Supriyo. Others who were elevated to Cabinet rank were Hardeep Puri, Youngest ever team picked so far With an average age of 56, the new team is the youngest ever Modi has led so far. The youngest is first time Lok Sabha member from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik (35) while the eldest is 69. The other young ministers are Shantanu Thakur (38), Anupriya Patel (40), Bharati Pawar (42) and John Barla (45) Seven former babus in Modi’s new team The new team has 27 members representing the Other Backward Classes, 12 Scheduled Caste and eight Scheduled Tribe ministers. It also has a Muslim, Christian and Sikh each and two Buddhists. As for professionals, it has three lawyers, six doctors, five engineers and seven former civil servants G Kishen Reddy, R K Singh and Puroshottam Rupala. In all, 43 ministers were administered the oath of office. The first to take the oath was Narayan Rane as Cabinet minister, which indicated the party is not looking to win back the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, and will go it alone in the next Assembly polls while expanding its support base in the Konkan region. He will hold the MSME portfolio, which has been divested from Nitin Gadkari. As expected, former CM of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and the architect of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia got Cabinet rank. Scindia is the new minister for civil aviation. BJP’s national general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a key aide of Union home minister Amit Shah, and a protégé of late minister Arun Jaitely, joined the Cabinet. He will hold the environment and labour portfolios. Shah has been given the additional role of running the new ministry of cooperation. Bureaucrat-turned-politician Ashwani Vaishnaw from Odisha also entered the Cabinet. He had earned his spurs while working in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s PMO. A dozen ministers from the Scheduled Castes were also drafted in, which included A Narayanswamy (Karnataka), Kaushal Kishore (Uttar Pradesh) and L Murugan (Tamil Nadu). With eight ministers hailing from the tribal community, the BJP clearly sought to work out its social engineering with the SCs, STs and Other Backward Castes (OBCs). NDA allies who took took oath included R C P Singh (JD-U) and Pashupati Paras (LJP), both Cabinet rank, and Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal as minister of state. With Gujarat elections due next year, Mandaviya and Puroshottam Rupala, both hailing from electorally significant Patidar community were promoted. , Kishen Reddy’s elevation was in line with the BJP’s political aspirations in Telangana. Adding combative faces, the PM drafted in Shobha Karandlaje (Karnataka) and Meenakshi Lekhi (Delhi), while Bengal was represented by four new faces. After blame game erupts with BJP, OPS-EPS join hands to quell speculation over alliance’s future T M u r u ganandham @ Chennai Two months after the State Assembly elections, former minister CVe Shanmugam triggered a debate in Tamil Nadu, charging that the AIADMK had lost due to its alliance with the BJP The lat. ter reacted sharply to this on Wednesday, blaming the Dravidian major for its electoral loss. Adding fuel to the fire was a unilateral statement from AIADMK coordinator and former Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, asserting that ties between the two parties would continue and that the AIADMK had full faith in the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speculation on a possible widening in the rift between Panneerselvam and former Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami only subsided later in the day, when Palaniswami broke his silence and released a joint statement with Panneerselvam asserting, without naming the BJP, that the alliance would continue. However, the party’s State general secretary KT Raghavan, , had told Express that a decision on continuing the alliance with the AIADMK for the imminent local body polls in the State will be made only after consulting party seniors. continued on p4 Mansukh Mandaviya Parshottam Rupala l Pankaj Choudhary l Anupriya Singh Patel l Dr Satya Pal Singh Baghel l Rajeev Chandrasekhar l Shobha Karandlaje l Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma l Darshana Vikram Jardosh l Meenakshi Lekhi l Annpurna Devi l A Narayanaswamy l Kaushal Kishore l Ajay Bhatt l B L Verma l Ajay Kumar l Chauhan Devusinh l Bhagwanth Khuba l Kapil Moreshwar Patil l Pratima Bhoumik l Dr Subhas Sarkar l Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad l Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh l Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar l Bishweswar Tudu l Shantanu Thakur l Dr Munjapara Mahendrabhai l John Barla l Dr L Murugan l Nisith Pramanik Axed G Kishan Reddy l D V Sadananda Gowda l Ravi Shankar Prasad l Thaawarchand Gehlot l Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ l Dr Harsh Vardhan l Prakash Javadekar Anurag Singh Thakur l Santosh Kumar Gangwar l Babul Supriyo l Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao l Rattan Lal Kataria l Pratap Chandra Sarangi l Debasree Chaudhuri murugan’s meteoric rise to Cabinet berth T M u r u ganandham @ Chennai BJP State president L Murugan on Wednesday took the next step in his political ladder by joining the Union Cabinet as a Minister of State. He was elevated after a 16-month stint as the party’s Tamil Nadu unit president. Two months ago, the 44-year-old had missed the opportunity to become a member of the State Assembly from Dharapuram constituency by a margin of just 1,393 votes. It is a rare Murugan, along with the four BJP opportunity to MLAs from Tamil Nadu, had been serve the people camping in New Delhi for the past few of Tamil Nadu. What is given to days. They called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi first and then, many me is not a senior leaders and ministers of the responsibility party at the national capital. Clad in a but a service white dhoti and shirt, Murugan on L Murugan Wednesday took the oath of office and oath of secrecy in English by swearing on God. Later, speaking to reporters, he said, “It is a rare opportunity to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. What is given to me is not a responsibility but a service.” During his stint as the State unit president, the BJP opened its account in the Tamil Nadu Assembly after a long gap. Ahead of elections, Murugan had also caused widespread discussion by a Vel Yatra, taken out throughout the State. Murugan is also the second leader from Dalit community to head the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, after SP Kirubanithi held the post two decades ago. continued on p4 Elections, caste equations weigh heavy in rejig M anish anand and A n u raag S ingh @ New Delhi/Lucknow Electoral imperatives as well as the BJP’s desire to shed its image as a primarily upper-caste party appeared to weigh heavy in Wednesday’s cabinet reshuffle as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted several faces belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC communities. Given that non-Yadav OBC and non-Jatav Scheduled Castes had played a significant role in the BJP winning 312 of Uttar Pradesh’s 403 Assembly seats in 2017, Wednesday’s cabinet expansion kept in mind the caste arithmetic Jab-o-meter Take your shot 30,42,302 doses July 7 31,04,426 doses Total doses: 36,45,69,414 Over 10.93 crore vaccine doses given to the 18-44 age group july 7 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 34,703 43,733 51,864 47,240 553 930 tamil nadu july 6 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,479 3,855 73 spectively. The only uppercaste member from UP is Ajay Kumar, a Brahmin. Similar social engineering has been attempted in the representation from Maharashtra. Of the four new ministers from the state, only Narayan Rane, a Maratha, belongs to the upper caste. Among the other three, Bhagwat Karad is a Wanjari OBC, Kapil Patil belongs to Agri OBC community and Bharti Pawar is from a Scheduled Tribe. From Madhya Pradesh, the party picked Virendra Kumar—a seven-term parliamentarian— who’s from the Khatik OBC community, which constitutes 15-16% of the state’s population. The humiliation in the West Bengal Assembly elections did not stop the party from inducting two ministers from the state, both from the backward communities. While John Barla is an ST from the tea community in north Bengal, Shantanu Thakur is a Matua, an OBC who are Hindu refugees from Bangladesh. In Gujarat, Patidar community members Puroshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandavia were elevated to the Cabinet rank while Mahendrabhai Munjpara and Darshana Jardosh were made ministers of state. (With Sudhir Suryawanshi and Pranab Mondal) P7 cooum conundrum July 6 NATIONWIDE july 6 of the state. The state also bagged the maximum number of berths with seven of its MPs taking the oath. Of them, six are either from OBCs or Scheduled Caste. Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel belong to the Kurmi community, categorised as OBCs. B L Verma is a LodhRajput, also an OBC. Kaushal Kishore, an eloquent MP considered close to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, belongs to the OBC Pasi caste. The other two from backward communities are S P S Baghel and Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma. They belong to the SC and Kori OBC communities re- july 7 3,366 3,704 64 Clean-up to cause more pollution? N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai Tamil Nadu has spent crores of rupees over the years to clean up the Cooum. Now, in the name of restoring it, the Chennai Metro Water has laid sewer lines over the river, risking further pollution of the Cooum through possible leakages. The Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been implementing several projects as part of the Cooum river eco-restoration project. This includes 10 Interception & Diversion (I&D) systems along the river and three modular Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) at Chetpet, College Road, and Maduravoyal, all under various stages of completion. The projects are implemented under the Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust. While laying pipelines through road cuts is an alternate option which might incur additional costs for the board, it has decided to lay the pipes which will pass a few metres above the river bed. “When there is a leakage, sewage will flow right into the river and the public may not even know. Is this better than the river’s current condition where sewage flows into it from various sources, including stormwater drains?” asked Lakshathipathi A, a resident and civic activist at Mehta Nagar, where an I&D project is being implemented. Continued on p5
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