NEW DELHI 18 JULY 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in Tokyo 2020 Guts and Glory MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE VOICES TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty Ravi Shankar The Nature of Things The Magic of Sisterhood PLUS: 12 PAGES Cancer Cure Out of the Freezer Stewing in Cultural Juices A Compelling Gaze Anand Neelakantan Shinie Antony Prof Nisha Kant Ojha Madhulika Liddle SADHGURU SPEAKS Packing a Punch The Guru is a Path to the Divine FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, Oppn to grill govt on price rise, Covid RUMBLINGS AT THE TOP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Yediyurappa set to step down after completing two years as Karnataka CM in July end Sidhu likely to become PCC chief, but Amarinder will have his men as working presidents BS Yediyurappa with Home Minister Amit Shah Amarinder Singh with Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi/Bengaluru RICHA SHARMA & HARPREET BAJWA AFTER staving off many attempts to dislodge him, Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa faces an endgame. The 78-year-old CM’s visit to New Delhi has more or less made it official that he will be replaced by a consensus candidate as his successor. “For now I have been asked to continue as the chief minister,” Yediyurappa told reporters on Saturday after he returned to Bengaluru. The operative word is “for now.” Sources in the BJP said Yediyurappa would be allowed to complete two years in office by the end of July after which he will cite health concerns and make way for a replacement. The negotiations for a leadership change that have been going on for months now seem to have finally ended with the party assuring a future for his sons and an honourable exit for him. While some in the party suggested that he might be appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, Yediyurappa has been consistent in reiterating that he would help the party return to power in Karnataka with more number of seats in the next assembly and Lok Sabha elections. In May this year this newspaper had reported that the BJP central leadership wanted an amicable change of guard in Karnataka. The next two weeks will see discussions on who will succeed Yediyurappa. The CM met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, home minister Amit Shah and party chief J P Nadda in Delhi. Emerging out of Shah’s residence, Yediyurappa stated that he had been asked to work hard and help the party win the next elections in the state. The CM was accompanied by his son, BY Bijayendra, which further fueled speculation that he lobbied for passing the baton within the family . While the BJP brass grapples with the leadership change, party insiders said the state government faces the prospect of a lame duck dispensation. There is no Lingayat leader in sight to match Yediyurappa’s status. The party’s attempt to promote Sadananda Gowda, a Vokkaliga, ended in failure after he couldn’t come up to the expectations of Modi despite being given important ministries. MUCH to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s displeasure, arch rival Navjot Singh Sidhu is expected to be named the new state Congress chief with AICC general secretary and trouble shooter Harish Rawat, after meeting Amarinder on Saturday, saying the CM would accept any decision taken by the party high command. But Amarinder’s ostensible climbdown from Friday, when he wrote to Sonia and strongly opposed Sidhu’s likely appointment, came only after the CM extracted his pound of flesh, according to those privy to the developments. Sources said the party will have two or three working presidents under Sidhu but the CM will have a say in their appointments, given a free hand in a cabinet reshuffle and the government’s running and he will also play a key role in the campaign committees for the assembly elections. The working presidents are likely to be from Malwa, Magha and Doaba regions of the state. Amarinder is also understood to have insisted that he would not meet Sidhu until he publicly apologises for his uncharitable comments on social media against the CM and criticism of the state government. In a day of hectic meetings, Rawat flew to assuage Amarinder in Chandigarh. After the meeting, Amarinder’s media adviser Raveen Thukral tweeted on the CM’s behalf: “Had a fruitful meeting with @harishrawatcmuk. Reiterated that any decision of @INCIndia President will be acceptable to all. Raised certain issues which he said he’ll take up with @ INCIndia president.” Rawat on his part said “the CM repeated what he said earlier that Sonia’s decision regarding the PCC president would be acceptable to him.” Even while Rawat was buying peace with Amarinder, Sidhu started his intra-party outreach meetings, an indication that he will soon be elevated. He called on incumbent Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, former party chiefs, cabinet ministers and MLAs. Jakhar later said the party had to put a united face for the 2022 Assembly elections. @ New Delhi/Chandigarh THE monsoon session of parliament starting Monday is expected to see the treasury benches and the opposition locking horns over inflation, fuel price rise, the alleged mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, the farm agitation, the constitution of a ministry of cooperation and some key bills that are proposed to be introduced. Besides these issues, the opposition is also expected to raise the death of tribal activist Stan Swamy the population , control legislation by UP and the Chief Justice of India’s comment on the sedition law. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi has called an all-party meeting on Sunday to discuss key issues. After the meeting, the opposition leaders are expected to discuss coordination among themselves over key the issues that need to be raised on the floor of the house. Joshi informed the meeting that the government had identified 29 bills, including six ordinance replacing Bills, and two items of financial business for the session. He sought the cooperation of all parties for a smooth session. On Saturday, Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting of floor leaders of various parties for coordination and smooth functioning of the House. The floor leaders flagged issues they want to discuss during the session that ends on August 13. “During the all-party meeting on Sunday we will demand , a discussion on various issues concerning the people like the handling of Covid during the second wave, farmer agitation, fuel price hike and misuse of the sedition law. The opposition leaders will also meet informally for better coordination for the session,” said CPI general secretary D Raja. FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN GAMES VILLAGE The delayed Tokyo Olympics saw its first reported case of the coronavirus in the Village on Saturday. Even though it created some panic, the person has since been isolated and the situation is under control. BACH APPEALS FOR SUPPORT FROM JAPAN PUBLIC IOC president Thomas Bach, who is already in Japan, urged the locals to “welcome these athletes here for the competition of their life. I would like once more to ask and to invite the Japanese people, humbly, to welcome and support the athletes from around the world. The German also said fans could yet attend a few of the venues if the virus situations improve in Tokyo. 119 INDIAN ATHLETES TAKING PART IN THE GAMES INDIAN CONTINGENT LEAVES FOR TOKYO A big batch of Indian athletes left for Tokyo from New Delhi late on Saturday. It included both hockey teams. The shooting team is already there. Rowers, sailors and weightlifters who are already in Tokyo, have already started training. The next batch will leave in a few days time. New quad could impact India’s role in region P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi TRAIN HELPING THE YOUTH SERVE THE NATION A retired CISF jawan gives tips to youngsters to join paramilitary and armed forces in Jharkhand | P5 ONE of the major outcomes of the connectivity meeting on Friday was the formation of a new bloc involving Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and the US. Though officially the US termed the block as a pre-requisite to improved connectivity in the region, it has far flung implications in the region, especially for India. Russia-based American analyst Andrew Korybko said the block gives the view that Paki- stan’s version of multi-alignment is more successful than India’s. “It makes the US a stakeholder in Pakistan’s stability which could lead to , America putting pressure on India not to destabilize its rival through proxy Islama. bad accuses India of doing so despite New Delhi’s consistent denial,” he said. In a statement announcing the formation of the block on Friday, the US said the leaders agreed that long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan were critical for regional connectivity and that peace and regional connectivity were mutually-reinforcing. Washington could also have kept the PakistanAfghanistan-Uzbekistan railway line in mind while agreeing to form the ‘new quad’ to push its economic interests in the Central Asian Republics. Apart from India, some other major countries which will feel the implications of the block include Russia and China. A former diplomat said the formation of the ‘new quad’ was done keeping in mind China’s intentions to extend the Belt Road Initiative to Afghanistan. “If China manages to extend the BRI to Afghanistan, it can use Kabul as a strategic point to spread its influence across the world,” he said and added that it could help Russia in attaining its long-cherished goal of spreading its wings in the Indian Ocean region. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has already asked senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge to reach out to other opposition parties to garner support on common issues. The Congress will push for a joint parliamentary committee to probe the Rafale fighter deal, besides fuel price hike and Covid vaccination delay . During the meeting with Naidu, Kharge proposed issues of broader concerns for discussion including the Covid situation, its impact on the economy and employment, poverty, the third wave and government’s preparedness and the farmers’ agitation. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu chairs a meeting with the leaders of parties ahead of the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI Afghan situation, Bills also under scanner Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar suggested a discussion on the situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops. At the same meeting with Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien called for more scrutiny of Bills by parliamentary committees. DU ADMISSIONS FROM AUGUST 2 GAYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi COLLEGE and postgraduate admission for the prestigious Delhi University will begin on August 2 and July 26 respectively, the university said on Saturday . Like every year, UG admissions for the academic year 2021-22 will be meritbased and take place on the basis of cut-off marks. After the cancellation of the CBSE and state board examinations, the government conducted meetings and there was a discussion to conduct a test for DU admission. The admission process, which was set to begin from July 15, got delayed on account of this. The admission process for UG courses will continue till August 31 and it will be completely online. There will also be no changes in the pattern and eligibility crite- ria. For PG courses, the admission process will continue till August 21 and there will be an entrance test. Rajeev Gupta, the chairman for admissions, said “admissions to undergraduate merit-based programmes will be based on cut-off marks as per past practice.” The admission branch was also working with college principals on the modalities for deciding the cut-offs. Asked if the university plans to come up with any formula to calculate the cutoffs as the CBSE would declare the results based on the marks of Class X, XI and XII, Gupta said: “About 75% of the candidates will be from the CBSE and the remaining from state boards. So there will be no issue.” Admissions through the sports and Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) quota will be certificate-based only . THE WAIT ENDS REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR ADMISSIONS AUG 3-31 JULY 26-AUG 21 UG (merit-based) Four courses will be entrancebased through DUET: Bachelor in Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Prosthetics & Orthotics, Bachelor & Masters in Physiotherapy CURRENTLY THERE ARE 12 ENTRANCE BASED UG COURSES IN DU Admissions online at : www.du.ac.in PG (entrance-based) TOTAL SEATS 65,000 UG COURSES 20,000 PG COURSES NO. OF COLLEGES: 86 2.5 lakh-plus No. of current students 3 lakh-plus No. of applications last year INSPIRATION No hurdle too high for differently-abled Jharkhand teen teaching village children M U K E S H R A N JA N @ Ranchi “OUR parents are not educated enough to guide us, but Upendra Sir has been guiding us in completing our courses at a time when our schools are closed,” said Aarti Kumari. Aarti is a Class III student and ‘Upendra Sir’ is a teenager studying in Class XII. Physically challenged, it takes him about half-an-hour to cover a distance of one km to reach his ‘class’, which is an abandoned school near Sarrayakandri village in Jharkhand’s Maoist hotbed of Chatra district. But he does not mind taking the pain because it gives him immense joy to help these 60-odd children, who come from poor families and cannot afford to pay for private tuition and do not have access to online classes. Upendra Kumar Yadav, 18, has been giving free of cost lessons to these children every day for 10 months because he doesn’t want the children to remain uneducated. It all started when a man approached him to guide his son as schools were closed and he could not arrange a smartphone. “I started in September 2020 with only three children, but later the number rose to 20. As the space at home was not adequate enough, some of the parents asked me to conduct classes in the abandoned school.” Yadav, who will be writing his Class 12 exams this year, said he wanted to become a teacher so that he can continue this drive to make everyone educated. He said he ap- proached his seniors to guide him for Class X board exams but they refused due to his disability in both legs, saying he could achieve nothing by studying as he was ‘good for nothing’. The spirited teenager says he holds no grudges for that against anybody, but he does not want any child to suffer simply because he/she is underprivileged in any way .
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