NEW DELHI 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard Motherlodes of Power https://epaper.morningstandard.in Metamorphosis in Mumbai PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES Logging into the Mahatma TJS George Shankkar Aiyar K Jayakumar Shinie Antony Anand Neelakantan Anuja Chandramouli S Vaidhyasubramaniam Sathya Saran The Warp and Weft of Ladakh New Lives and Ancient Myths Trip to Double-o Heaven Modi attacks ‘regressive’ Pakistan, China Post shootout, jails on alert to thwart gang war Afghan soil shouldn’t be used for terror, oceanic resources must be protected against expansionism: PM at UN Invites vaccine manufacturers to ‘Make in India’ P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made veiled attacks on Pakistan and China, saying “regressive thinking and extremism are one of the biggest challenges the world faces today .” In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi told the 76th United Nations General Assembly: “Those who employ terrorism as a political tool must realise that it is a threat to them as well. We must ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities and also ensure that no one takes advantage of the vulnerable situation and uses it for its selfish interests.” In a veiled attack on China, Modi said oceans were the lifelines of international trade. “Oceans are our shared heritage. We must use and not abuse oceanic resources. We must ensure that they must be protected against expansionism,” he said and added the consensus reached at the UN Security Council on maritime security must show the way forward. In yet another apparent reference to China and calling for reform of multilateral organisations, the PM said the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus had damaged international organisations themselves. “The UN needs to enhance its reliability. Many questions are being raised with regard to the UN. The coronavirus pandemic, climate change and more recently the Afghanistan situation has only highlighted these questions.” He highlighted how democracy was an important value in India and referred to his own humble beginning as a tea-seller. “It is because of democracy that a person who helped his father sell tea is addressing the UNGA for the fourth time. Democracy can deliver, it has delivered.” Mourning the loss of lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, Modi reiterated India’s commitment to start giving vaccines to the needy. He also gave a clarion call to manufacturers to “Come, Make Vaccine in India”. The people, women and children of Afghanistan and the minorities need help. And we must fulfill our duty by providing them with this help Narendra Modi, Prime Minister LAUNCHING a blistering attack over the Centre’s decision to deny West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee permission to participate in a world peace conference to be held in Italy in October, Mamata alleged the decision was taken out of “jealousy .” At a rally in Bhowanipore, Mamata revealed that she was invited for the conference as a representative of Asia but the central government stopped her from visiting the country. The Ministry of External Affairs did not comment on why she was denied permission to go to Italy. “They (the BJP) talk about peace. But I have been barred from participating in a peace conference. I was invited as a representative from Asia. But the Centre denied permission citing political ground and saying it wasn’t right for the CM to attend this programme. This is total jealousy she said. ,” The Bengal CM slammed the saffron party, labeling it as “Talibani BJP.” Urging the electorate to defeat the BJP in the by-election, she said, “You (the @ New Delhi ‘UN needs to enhance reliabilty for remaining relevant’ Narendra Modi addresses the 76th session of UN general assembly | PTI If the UN wants to remain relevant, it needs to improve its effectiveness and enhance its reliability, he said. Modi quoted Chanakya’s words “when the right action is not taken at the right time, then time itself causes the action to fail” to push his view. ‘Arsonist state where terrorists enjoy free pass’ E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA slammed Pakistan for raking up the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly saying the country was an “arsonist disguising itself as the firefighter” and that terrorists enjoy a free pass there. “We exercise our right of reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country, and going so far as to spew falsehoods on the world stage,” first secretary Sneha Dubey said, referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech. The Indian diplomat said such state- ments deserved the collective contempt and sympathy of the Assembly for a person who utters falsehood repeatedly . “I am taking the floor to set the record straight,” she said. In his address at the 76th UNGA, Khan raked up the Kashmir issue by mentioning the abrogation of Article 370 and also the death of pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Dubey went on to add that Pakistan nurtures terrorists in its backyard. “Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror,” she said. ‘JEALOUS’ BJP STOPPED ME FROM VISITING ITALY: MAMATA E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E BJP) will not be able to stop me. Bhowanipore will show the path to derail the BJP-led central government and the rest of the country will follow it. Talibani BJP cannot run India,” she said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, Mamata said she was not eager to visit foreign countries. “You (Modi) are visiting a foreign country. I have no issue regarding it because a PM has to go overseas for the sake of the country. But why was I barred from going to Italy? You are totally jealous,” she asked. Hitting out at BJP’s Hindutva rhetoric, Mamata said the peace conference will be attended by representatives from Muslim and Christian communities. “The BJP talks about Hindutva and seeks votes. I would have been the face of the Hindu community at the peace conference. But they did not allow me to participate in the event.” The Italian government had requested Mamata to not come with any delegate. She then proposed an industry delegation clearance and requested the Centre for permission, which was denied. You (Modi) are visiting a foreign country. I have no issue regarding it because a PM has to go overseas for the sake of the country. But why was I barred from going to Italy? You are totally jealous —Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister Following Khan’s address, India exercised its right to reply and reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India, including those areas under the “illegal occupation of Pakistan.” Before Khan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue. But, the issue gained no momentum with most member-states maintaining that the matter was an issue that Pakistan and India need to deal with. The Indian diplomat slammed Islamabad for glorifying al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as a martyr. “Regrettably, even today we heard the leader of Pakistan trying to justify acts of terror. Such defence of terrorism is unacceptable in the modern world,” she added. A day after gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi was killed in a shootout by his rival Tillu gang at a Rohini court, the Delhi Police put all jails on high alert as Sunil Tajpuria alias Tillu, who allegedly got Gogi killed, is lodged in a Mandoli jail. According to officials, the Delhi Prisons as well police had put strict rules and protocols in place to avoid any kind of gang war inside the jail among gangsters and gang members. Director General, Prisons, also issued an order on Saturday directing jail authorities to be on maximun alert in all three jails and keep a close vigil on jailed members of the Gogi gang. The three jails are Rohini, Mandoli and Tihar. The jail authorities have been told to identify members of rival gangs and to take proper precautions while taking gang members for court hearings, hospitals or any place outside the jail for any purpose. Further, if the rival gang members are in the same jail their cells should always be locked and the authorities should not allow the rival members to be together. The jail authorities have also been asked to keep their weapons in working conditions for any emergency situation. Para military staff and the police deployed in the jails should be briefed and stay on alert to face any emergency. Jail superintendents have also been asked to inspect cells at odd hours. The Tihar jail has notorious gangsters such as Lawrence Bishnoi, Tillu, Hashim Baba, Sampat Nehra, Neeraj Bawaniya, Nasir, Dhennu, Anil Bhati, Ravi Gangwar, Rohit Chaudhary, Rashid Kevalwala and Rohit Moi. All these gangsters are involved in more than two dozen cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping. Sources said with Gogi’s demise, his close aide Rohit Moi would take over the leadership of the gang and manage the work from inside the jail. Deepak alias Boxer, who is carrying a reward of `2 lakh on his arrest, will handle the g ang’s operation from outside. The sources said the real name of Rahul, one of the assailant’s who killed Gogi, was Nitin of Meerut. It is believed that he had recently killed two members of the Gogi P4 gang in Begumpur. ANNALS OFFICER CHRONICLES FINDINGS FOR FUTURE Following a British era tradition, a collector researches and updates findings of districts in Maharashtra where he serves | P5 Relatives of Jitender Gogi arrive to receive his body at a hospital | PARVEEN NEGI Farm cooperative in every village on the anvil: Shah E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Union home minister Amit Shah is felicitated at an event in the capital | PARVEEN NEGI A new cooperative policy for 202122, amendment of the multi-state co-operative societies act to facilitate the functioning of the multistate cooperative societies was among the key announcements made by Amit Shah on Saturday as he addressed the first Sehkarita Sammelan or ‘National Cooperative Conference’ as the union cooperation minister. Shah also announced that the number of Primary Agriculture Cooperatives (PACs) would be increased to 3 lakh in the next five years. At present, there are about 65,000 PACs. “We will set a target to establish a PAC in every second village in the coming five years...The path of development of crores of farmers, the deprived, the backwards, the Dalits, the poor, the neglected and women can only take place through cooperation,” Shah said. The Union home minister also sought to dispel apprehensions about the ministry of cooperation t h a t w a s c r e a t e d i n Ju l y this year. Addressing the gathering comprising over 2,100 representatives of different cooperatives and nearly 6 crore online participants, Shah said some people wonder why the Centre created this new ministry as the cooperatives are a state subject. Shah said there could be a legal response to it, but he does not want to “get into this argument.” He emphasised that the centre would cooperate with states and “there will be no friction.” “We will work with all states to take forward the cooperative movement,” he said, and stressed that the Ministry of Cooperation has been formed to strengthen and modernise the sector. On the proposed new cooperative policy Shah said a policy was , brought in 2002 by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and now the Modi government would start working on a new policy . Citing the importance of cooperatives, Shah said 29 per cent of farm loans, 35 per cent of urea production and 31 per cent of urea distribution was done through cooperatives. He added that 91 per cent of villages have cooperative societies. MERITOCRACY Bihar clothes hawker’s son, MP forest guard’s daughter join elite services RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR & A N U R A AG S I N G H @ Patna & Bhopal Family struggles shaped dreams Anil Basak is the first graduate from his family, who still live in a rented house in Bihar’s Kishanganj; Nimishi Tripathi’s father told her in childhood how a district collector can bring a change in a district WHERE there’s a will, there’s a way . “I followed this adage with my heart and soul while preparing for the civil services examination,” said Anil Basak, whose father hawks clothes at the weekly haat (market) in Bihar’s Kishanganj. Basak secured 45th rank at the 2020 UPSC examination, whose results were declared on Friday evening. “It was my third attempt at the exam. In the second attempt in 2019 I was ranked 619 but I contin- ued studying. Whenever I felt a bit tense I recalled the smiling faces of my parents and other family members,” he said. Basak is not the only one from a humble background who managed to crack the arguably toughest examination. Joining him in the ranks of the elite services are Niranjan Kumar, son of a tobacco-seller in Bihar’s Nawada district, Prabin Kumar, whose father sells medicines in Jamui, and Nimishi Tripathi, the daughter of a forest guard in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. Basak is the first graduate from the family who still live in a rented , house in Kishanganj. Basak said his parent’s struggles were what kept him motivated. “I have spent my childhood facing hardships, I still remember how my father, who ferries clothes on his bicycle to the local market, used to come home smiling despite the difficulties.” He is the second of four siblings. After school, he went to Kota for coaching and successfully cracked the IIT JEE. He studied civil engineering at IIT Delhi but he continued preparing for the civil services examination. Twenty four-year-old science graduate Nimishi’s father, Avdhesh Tripathi, works as a forest guard. A resident of the obscure Sanawad town in tribal-dominated Khargone of Madhya Pradesh, she has secured 622 rank. Nimishi completed B.Sc (Maths) with flying colours from Delhi University’s Indraprastha College in 2017. “I’ve seen my father sweat and toil hard in the jungles of MP as a temporary employee of the forest department for years before he became a permanent employee in 2017,” she said. “While he was posted at different places, he ensured that my mother, I and my younger sister Nikita remained in Sanawad so that there is no break in our academics. Right from childhood my father talked about how a district collector can bring a change in a district. That is how cracking the civil services exam became my ultimate dream,” Nimishi told this newspaper. “Being from the economically weaker section category I expect to , get into the Indian Revenue Service with 622nd rank. But I would take the exam again,” she said.
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