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s we head to work in the mornings, sit back at home for dinner with the family or go out on the weekend for a grocery run, ignoring aches and
niggles as routine irritants, a vast majority of Indians are unaware that
Editor-in-Chief: Aroon Purie
Group Chief Executive Officer: Ashish Bagga their bones are slowly being eaten away from within. Vitamin D deficiency
Group Editorial Director: Raj Chengappa has reached epidemic proportions in the country. More than 70 per cent of the
Editors: Kaveree Bamzai (Special Projects), Ajit Kumar Jha (Research) population is deficient and another 15 per cent has insufficient quantities of the
Group Creative Editor: Nilanjan Das; Group Photo Editor: Bandeep Singh
Managing Editors: Kai Jabir Friese, Rajesh Jha ‘sunshine vitamin’ in their bodies.
Executive Editors: Damayanti Datta, Kunal Pradhan,
S. Sahaya Ranjit, Sandeep Unnithan
This is leading to a host of debilitating problems. Vitamin D deficiency can
Deputy Editors: Prachi Bhuchar, Uday Mahurkar, Manisha Saroop cause osteoporosis and rickets, apart from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,
Mumbai: MG Arun Hyderabad: Amarnath K. Menon Chandigarh: Asit Jolly
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the bones become like butter. A bit of pressure could leave a dent, an awk-
Associate Editors: Shougat Dasgupta, Chinki Sinha ward twist could lead to a fall and even bending forward could snap the spine.
Kolkata: Romita Sengupta; Bhopal: Rahul Noronha;
Thiruvananthapuram: Jeemon Jacob; BeiJing: Ananth Krishnan But the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency—being low on energy, unaccounted
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Chief Copy Editor: Anindita Satpathi
aches and pains, frequent muscle injuries, longer healing time—are so insidi-
Photo Department: Vikram Sharma (Deputy Photo Editor), ous that they are often brushed aside as regular lifestyle problems, and there
Rajwant Singh Rawat (Principal Photographer), Yashbant Singh Negi
(Senior Staff Photographer), Kekhriezhazo Miachie-O
is no diagnosis until most of the damage has been done.
(Senior Photographer), Chandra Deep Kumar (Photographer);
Mumbai: Mandar Suresh Deodhar (Chief Photographer),
Vitamin D, which is more a hormone than a vitamin, is the only nutrient
Danesh Adil Jassawala (Photographer); ahmedabad: Shailesh B Raval that is made in the body. It is essential for bone health and is produced when
(Principal Photographer); Kolkata: Subir Halder (Principal
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is a pandemic across the western world, particularly in Nordic countries that
Chief of Graphics: Tanmoy Chakraborty don’t get enough sunshine, what is alarming is that the
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Jyoti K Singh, Anirban Ghosh (Art Director),
problem is growing exponentially even in sunny India.
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started recording an abysmally low vitamin D status—now
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reaching 80 per cent across India, according to estimates
by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Though the
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The present stalemate in then might India have a ing our national interests). Pakistan impoverished families foolproof solution to appears to be systematic. The particularly among the be dealt with sensitively Kashmir do not want to people behind the not-so- 4 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. instead of working in the state anti-India. I hope your next issue on strife on the ground. MAIL SCORPENE LEAKS FOOD INFLATION TRAVEL SPECIAL ARE WE COMPROMISED? PRICE OF INACTION THE WISHLIST REGISTERED NO. it has been in the further from the truth—the militants’ crosshairs. BISHAN SAHAI . DL(ND)-11/6068/15-17. During periods of rela. India needs to and besmirch security keep the public sentiment stones for some money.S. Only ously. directing militants. if 9 770 254 83 990 9 The Kashmir Conundrum KASHMIR WHAT WENT WRONG IN AND HOW TO FIX IT SEPTEMBER 5. The uprising has to be put down—humanely. 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meantime. Australia and connectivity projects sounds modest in comparison. as manifest ing and accommodating approach even while insisting in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project and the on its claims. China deliver the first Eminent Person’s lec- adopted a more nuanced role. The latter aspect was evident in Li’s call development of Gwadar as a potential Chinese naval base. China’s tone vre that Chanakya may have approved of. and In the East Asia summit declaration on ‘Promoting this gives China another channel of influence. China’s ‘One Vietnam is not going to become for India what Pakistan Belt One Road’ initiative figures prominently along with is to China. and engagement in cooperative tiny as a strong and successful power. There was a commitment to pursuing the early con. Chinese premier strategic space impacted significantly Li Keqiang addressed the issue in his by the emergence of China. Japan and Korea agreed to wants direct confrontation with Beijing. a shadow over the G-20. which includes partnerships with more ment of a $1 billion fund to support ASEAN-India substantial powers such as the US. model for India charting its own des- putes. and in the to China. They have the economies. had the hallmark of a classic outflanking manoeu. sees the East Asian experience as a calling for peaceful dialogue to settle dis. this year had the special purpose of erence to the dispute. UPFRONT SHYAM SARAN INDIA’S OSTPOLITIK P rime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to measures. led by the US. China’s con- nent of the larger emerging countervailing coalition in tribution could be the most significant. both promoted by China. avoid confrontation and prop- bourhood. The to come through. 2016 .There is no doubt announcement of a $500 million defence line of that in the aftermath of the UNCLOS Arbitration Court’s credit. As Chinese has changed and it is trying to project a more reassur- activism on India’s western flank increases. The intent was not lost on a commentator in the reality’ is code for China’s claim to economic and security Chinese paper. with the for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES). two important agreements unlikely to trim its sails in as well as a Senior Fellow at the were signed as confidence-building our neighbourhood Centre for Policy Research 6 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. this proposed grouping Vietnamese Communist Party continues to have close will make the US pivot to Asia even more problematic. This is a fair enough assessment. Japan. who observed: “New Delhi dominance of the region and its control over several dis- and Hanoi both wish to raise their bargaining position puted features in the South China Sea. Prime Minister Shanmugaratnam to On the South China Sea issue. and is Chairman of RIS. formation of successful East Asian ments. The Asia-Pacific region is important to India not only for ingness to rein in its North Korean ally. But he also speech at the ASEAN-China summit. ‘Regional sense. and China is Secretary.ruling against China on the South China as to reduce repulsion. along with another major economic power. China. strategic reasons but also as a key com- It was no coincidence that the latest Illustration by ANIRBAN GHOSH ponent of Modi’s plans to bring about Korean nuclear test was timed to cast an all-round transformation of India. for India what Pakistan is Shyam Saran is a former Foreign clusion of a Code of Conduct. would be a formidable economic are not sure how useful the newly minted Comprehensive grouping. Infrastructure Development Cooperation’. now South Korea. as seems likely. it avoided voicing harsh and countries. particularly those threatened by its unilateral erly handle various sensitive issues to open a way of safe military actions in the South China Sea. China. to “construct a security framework that benefits all sides engaging more closely with countries in China’s neigh.will play eastern neighbourhood. Korea. Global Times. India’s announce- the Asia-Pacific. fraternal relations with its Chinese counterpart. Modi clearly sees India’s aggressive claims. while having interactions with China but neither of them On the sidelines. fails and observe that China is a much bigger partner. While it ture at the NITI Aayog on August 26 successfully prevented any critical ref. One was the setting up of a hotline to deal with Vietnam in advance of his participation in the maritime emergencies.” revive negotiations on a trilateral Free Trade Agreement. In short. if implemented. while the other was for the Code G-20 Summit at Hangzhou. But this can be a useful compo. For ASEAN’s Connectivity Plan. same kind of partnership with China and Russia already. including the world’s second and third largest Strategic Partnership with India will be. and China is unlikely to trim its sails in our the key role that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank western neighbourhood because of our activism in its and the Silk Road Fund. Even the Vietnamese which. appears to make development that conforms to regional reality”. spooked by Chinese inability or unwill. Vietnam will not become activities in the meantime. If the Trans-Pacific Partnership. East Asia and The invitation to Singapore’s Deputy ASEAN partnership summits. in particular in exposing India’s governing elite to the the UNCLOS arbitration ruling in the dynamics behind the economic trans- various summit declarations and this sector.

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And yesteryear rapper Baba Sehgal has returned to stardom with his wacky track: “Vitamin D. dementia and more. To many. COVER STORY HEALTH IT’S THE NEW MENACE. So porous that when metal screws are put in to HOPE OF HYPE? fix a fracture.. Just when that war was thought to be largely over. But some pieces to deficit in D vitamin. Now an D-deficiency awareness initiative for doc. birth defects. That’s what orthopedicians at the All-India Scurvy. Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New winning 10 Nobel prizes in Medicine between 1929 and Delhi are talking about: patients with such 1965. plant milk an awkward twist or a careless turn leads and vitamin D. the trending diet fad of the moment a bit of pressure leaves a dent. The Indian Medical the puzzle refuse to fall into place. vitamin D is everywhere. Calculator app for iPhones and iPads has chronic pain. HOLLOWING OUT OUR BONES. lively back-and-forth between different schools of medi- ing the message that we have a national cal thought on the science behind it. thyroid. television shows. And it’s not just in India. pellagra—the war on vitamin deficiencies has largely been a 20th century phenomenon... and such acute bone decay that they make a new vitamin deficiency—that of vitamin D—has devel- even veteran doctors weak in the knees. Deals and discounts for vitamin D tests betes. what’s the truth on vitamin D? BRITTLE BONE 26 36 PEOPLE million (2003) million (2013) Number of people in India with weak 50 osteoporotic bones million (2015) . depression. vitamin D are being sold by online retailers. Hardly a week goes by Newspaper headlines. FM radio—all are trumpet.. anaemia. But others caution. HYPE AND HORROR OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY Their bones are like butter. to a fall. There is a Twitter trends. So light that is ‘golden latte’—a frothy mix of turmeric. being published about vitamin D.D. THE HOPE. without a new controversy stirring up over it. ran- gone live.D. not so fast: wait for large. heart attack. PLAYING WITH THE QUALITY OF OUR LIFE—AND DEATH..D.. beri beri. bones crumble like egg shells.. oped.. Not a day passes without new research Suddenly. asthma. kidney and autoimmune diseases.D. stroke. a its role in keeping bones and muscles in top shape. So soft that even On social media. explosion of research has linked deficiency to risks of dia- tors.” as bending forward snaps the spine... vitamin D is a ‘wonder cure’ with limitless possibilities. The spectre of D deficiency haunts the world. cancer. Between hope and hype. obesity. Home Blood Spot testing kits for domised human clinical trials before making these calls. liver. A Vitamin D tension. well-known for Association has started ‘Rise & Shine’. hyper- are exploding at path labs. Vitamin D. abysmal levels of vitamin D in their blood with widespread use of supplements and fortified food. So brittle that something as simple Vitamin D.

Somehow. but start treatment with it. ARE UNAWARE per cent are insufficient. deficiency. That standard practice now stands CHANDRADEEP KUMAR discontinued. I was defi- cient. the world listens. it’s D deficiency and acute bone loss. So I promp- tly got my levels tested. or. as my doc- tor said. I not only take it regularly. COVER STORY HEALTH Gopika Kaul. then you need to get your tests done and start the supple- ments. around that time. Doctors no longer look for vitamin D PANDEMIC ACROSS THE WEST. if it’s possible.” he says. says Malhotra. I give it to my twins. there are high chances that it will lead to rickets. “About 70 per cent Indians are THOUGH MANY. infec- tions such as tuberculosis and even AND VERY OFTEN depression”: when Dr Michael Holick INEFFECTIVELY TREATED says something. too. “Over 97 per cent hip fracture patients VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IS A showed severe D deficiency.” Not too long ago. diabetes. cardiovascu. THAT THEY ARE LACKING IN IT.” says Dr Rajesh Malhotra. 2016 . EVEN deficient in vitamin D and another 15 DOCTORS. cancer. much debated and often ineffectively treated. worse than deficient. In the last few years. If you are post-35 and have aches. I don’t know why people are so negative about vitamin D “Vitamin D deficiency has turned into a curious public health crisis. the readings started getting so abnormally low that they called into question the need for testing. The formu- la was precise: less that 20 nanogram of vitamin D in every millilitre of blood. And was prescribed little sachets of the vitamin. osteoporosis. In a 12 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. chief of orthopaedics at AIIMS. IT IS LITTLE UNDERSTOOD lar diseases. Noida Writer I started getting a dull knee pain one fine day. “It is little understood. it used to be part of routine biochem- istry tests during hospital admission of fracture patients at AIIMS. I kept hearing a lot of scary stories about D deficiency and its consequences. If India fails to manage its vitamin D deficiency.

About 25.” But with the Indian were startled to find a huge burden of as the Indian government. he first iden. endocrinologist with the Organisation (WHO). It took doc. But have lower vitamin vitamin D by 8%. it’s really everywhere and is vitamin D. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 13 . a form of vitamin D. beyond the fact body fat tend to hours reduces needs 10 times that it was good for the bones. physiology and biophysics at the Boston University NO TANLINES HERE School of Medicine. Research. your body Indian Society for Bone and Mineral a public health crisis. without which. how can India face a vita. shouldn’t Indians be lem that has been associated with tudes. Holick is the father of vitamin D: professor of medicine. their evolving physiology adapted the last 55 years. the sun than the scantily clad. chock-full of the ‘sunshine vitamin’? light-skinned. Over time. as they went around. has been probing for a long vitamin D deficiency crisis is largely ets in children. obese or erratic lifestyles in uce the same overweight people urban India cutting amount of Vit D as Vitamin D deficiency is a pandemic at higher risk sun exposure most Europeans across the western world.” says Dr Nikhil It’s a question Brigadier (Dr) Raman According to the World Health Tandon. the ‘sunshine vita. according to the USFDA (US Food and Drug Administration). Even a generation exposure to UVB. despite exposure to sunlight for 30 min’ (more a hormone than vitamin. And we make it from the the age group of 11-15 years did not sun. our Spending very little Vitamin D in skin Seniors process 4x Palaeolithic ancestors in East Africa time outdoors. the natural production by the healthi- est people. especially in the last Indian women above age 50—a prob- to limited sun exposure in higher lati. “Ultraviolet B sunlight reacts with achieve the D-levels considered ade- WHAT’S GOING WRONG? cholesterol on our skin and produces quate for sound bone health.” wrote Harvard biolo- gist Stephen Jay Gould. he explained on a recent visit to India. that facilitated sun OUTDOORS THE EQUATOR LONGEVITY exposure. “It then passes through the Defence Research and Development indicates numbers beyond the expe- liver and kidneys to become ‘active’ Organisation (DRDO) and chief of the cted. It was the evolutionary advantage of stand- ing upright and walking on two legs. And yet the cannot absorb calcium—causing rick. What gets in the way of the sun tified both the circulating and active forms of vitamin D in human blood. SUNSHINE IN MY BLOOD “Mankind stood up first and got smarter later. this was not radiation. he and his associates unacknowledged by the public as well tures in adults. rted recording really low D status: something even more alarming: that min D crisis? For. esti.000 units of D daily. “The difference is that it’s happening in India despite ample sunshine. D deficiency set in. As waves of humans started migrat. an epidemic at AIIMS. But right under the glare of the Yet. more sun to prod- India is not alone. in the same period we have sta. time. are not aware that they may be lacking this important nutrient. D levels. osteoporosis along with ventional wisdom in India has been SEPTEMBER 26. two decades. “The con- meteorological department reporting fragile bones.000 years ago. ing summer and winter. hunting and gathering— ago. 80 per cent across urban India. weak bones and frac.” he says. That was in the 1970s. depends on less vitamin D from got plenty of sun. children in in our body. mates the International Osteoporosis minutes every day for 30 days dur- really) is the only nutrient we make Foundation (IOF). BODY WEIGHT SEDENTARY JOB DARK SKIN tors 30 more years to take vitamin D People with excess Working for long The average Indian deficiency seriously. In 2010.way. so less young (less chol- the case sun is a hazard esterol in skin) making at least 10. Marwaha’s latest studies have found tropical sun. although many. points out Holick. professor of endocrinology Marwaha. including doctors. LESS TIME AWAY FROM AGE AND unlike other apes. tall Nordic women. a progressively hotter climate over rampant vitamin D deficiency among ing. US.

screened across India colorectal cancers had below par D levels . Vitamin D in serum (25-hydroxyvitamin 80% D) is associated with men out of 73 lakh lower risk of breast. showed no symptoms. by increas- 50% ing immunity. Also. strokes range of Indians 80% RESPIRATORY urban Indians found Research suggests to suffer from that vitamin D has a Vit D deficiency role in the prevention of acute respiratory infection. and how India is faring D does impact these The heart muscle be- diseases comes weak from Graphic by Nilanjan Das lack of vitamin D. Also works to maintain blood pressure. the muscle-builder. Vitamin affect your body. So Vit D deficiency is high good levels of vitamin among an astonishing D reduce the risk of heart attacks. COVER STORY HEALTH BRAIN Studies have shown that low levels of vita- DYING OF min D are associated with cognitive impair- ment. often a precur- sor to dementia and How low levels of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ CIRCULATORY THE LIGHT Alzheimer’s.97 lakh people in Pancreatic cancer 20-40 age group across rates are highest in India had sketchy levels countries with low levels of sunlight. such infections occur but were found deficient more in winter. when after a check-up vitamin D levels drop 81% PANCREAS of 14.

Smoking decreases calcium tor. repairing source of vitamin D in foods body from its ill effects . and keep growing until around age 30. thanks to artificial Reasons is harmful as well. fertilisers.90% people complaining of BONE back pain. sore muscles Bones make up 18 found low on vitamin D per cent of body weight. World Bank and media reports Insufficient most of the year Insufficient at least one month Sufficient all year LACK OF MAGNESIUM SOFT DRINKS Lack of magnesium in mod- Gulping soft drinks ern diet. after which 90% the process of bone schoolchildren in Delhi loss sets in. which in turn for Vit-D deficieny uses up vitamin D VEGETARIAN DIET SMOKING reserves Vegetarian diet is a major fac. refined grains and as they use up cal- sugar. comes into play across the world Strong evidence that vitamin D facili- tates calcium entry into muscles and is crucial for optimal muscle function. Vitamin found to have rampant D plays a vital role in vitamin D deficiency impeding bone loss GET INTO THE RED MUSCLE How sunlight. because fatty fish and eggs levels and vitamin D is used (yolk) are a significant natural up in replacing it. softened water cium. a natural source of vitamin D. Low D levels heigh- ten muscle injury and stress fractures Source: Endocrine Society of India.

The cavity was a wake-up call. 2016 . We cannot work at the level of effect. one must look for the acute D deficiency. how will he cure you? research on the ground to give a It was a great surprise and shock when I found out that I had bird’s-eye view of the nation: at least my first cavity at the age of 52. “From 20-something 16 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. But piecemeal stud- ies have been hinting at rampant D I teach people how to prevent and reverse diseases. from 91 per cent cause. almost 50 per cent because I got enough sunlight I would not get it myself. I had done everything to be healthy. treating my patients for vitamin D deficiency. COVER STORY HEALTH that bone decay is not as widespread here as in western countries and it typically happens to senior citizens Dr Nandita Shah and post-menopausal women. I never pain. “It’s a whole universe. If deficiency. something that is still possible in rural India. averaging at 80 per cent cle or motorbike.” says Bhadada. I expose myself to the sun quite a bit. But obvi- across India (see graphic: Dying of ously it was not enough. Chandigarh. course of routine check-ups. I had to look for the in Delhi to 87 per cent in Mumbai. additional pro. I also take supplements in small per cent patients complaining of back doses to make sure my vitamin D levels never fall again. or any of the other even more serious or even general fatigue are found to issues that result from vitamin D deficiency. In the process I found out that I was vitamin D per cent in Tirupati to 78 per cent in deficient. Since I live in a rural area and consciously travel by bicy- Lucknow. while 90 but very difficult in urban India. patients with no symptoms get diag- I’ve now changed my lifestyle quite a bit in order to get more of nosed with vitamin D deficiency in the the sunshine vitamin. Auroville fessor of endocrinology at PGIMER. 82 cause of the cavity. be low on it. unexplained muscle soreness want to get another cavity. Naturally. I consider it my business to stay well. 50 studies in the last 10 years showed I believe that in order to reverse a disease.” says Founder of Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals Dr Sanjay Bhadada. and thinking that At PGIMER. and Nature (SHARAN). And there is now enough a doctor can’t cure himself. I had been the Light). I often tell people that the way to select a good doctor is to find one who is in perfect health.

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Gurgaon 00 INDIA TODAY u OCTOBER 27.000-2.”—Roman Payne and the elderly have been shown to have levels below 20 COLUMN ng/ml. are the worst affec- shippers since ancient times. The second issue is the use of astro- min D. Most global expert bodies cur. taking 1. ensures skin tive. coupled with a never-ending sive testing. result- is little availability of vitamin D forti. therefore. falling and fracture in old age. when we do nomical doses of vitamin D. Indeed. 25(OH) is looking to harness the power of the vitamin D levels commonly fall below 10 ng/ml. fatal in some cases. If. however. to make the same amount of vita. Such abys- sun to solve its energy problems and mally low levels of vitamin D can lead to low calcium levels DR AMBRISH is on its way to becoming a ‘solar and soft deformed bones (rickets) in newborns. the liver. you have clinical protection against the harsh sun. children. and would suffice to preserve bone health of the general The author is chairman. it has unleashed There are several possible reasons for this phenomenon. high dose (600. Third. India And. Fourth. countries following introduction of fortification. but slows down vitamin D will prescribe higher doses for 6-8 synthesis. poor bone MITHAL superpower’. adults GU EST to be found on Earth. COVER STORY HEALTH AIN’T NO SUNSHINE IN THIS HOUSE Our land of sun worshippers needs to smarten up to keep D-deficiency at bay “O. to address this public health issue. One is the phenomenon of exces- First. It ensures winter and went up only marginally in summer. followed by maintenance sunlight exposure than Caucasians doses. we tend to cover can have too much of a good thing. If you are increasing urbanisation. adolescents. there and huge levels of calcium. recent studies have we do? Encouraging sunlight expo- shown that even with 30 minutes sure is advisable. our skin colour. forces indoor (hospital) confinement. especially in winter months. be lacking in Vitamin D. two disturbing trends. D deficiency in India over the last decade.000 IU/day of vitamin D is safe and effec- mity to the Equator. including division.5 ng/ml have Nutritional rickets has been eradicated in most Western been proposed as a cut-off. While there’s been an increase in awareness of vitamin min. 2014 . An established approach is vitamin D fortification of food. we also spend less time outdoors. one of 25(OH) vitamin D. growth during childhood and adolescence and increased that Indians are commonly found to risk of osteoporosis. What constitutes a low level is a matter of debate. ing from the indiscriminate use of fied food in India. Medanta-the Medicity. The time rently recommend that levels of 20 ng/ml are reasonable has come to move ahead in India too. For the ted! Manual labourers and the security forces are perhaps most part of the year. commensurate with India’s proxi. which helps in old age. else the levels will fall again. your doctor light. Second. the oppressive heat. sunlight! The most precious gold pregnant women. So Indians need longer weeks. Lastly. Vitamin D parents must be made aware of the levels remained unchanged among Delhi schoolchildren in benefits of ‘drinking milk and playing in the sun’. popularly called the sunshine vita. Levels as high as 30 ng/ml to as low as 12. one of those for whom sunlight exposure is a challenge. endocrinology and diabetes population. Our study showed that doctors. newborns. culturally. With get tested unless the doctor feels it is necessary. a metabolite of vitamin D formed in would require additional vitamin D from some source. This can even prove our ability to synthesise vitamin D. vitamin D deficiency. with a lifestyle that India has been a country of sun wor. as it is synthesised in the skin on exposure to sunlight. you attain higher peak bone mass. ourselves—or sometimes use heavy We reported 16 patients last year sunscreen creams—which inhibit who had severe vitamin D toxicity vitamin D production. For you go out in the sun. There is no need to rush to the nearest lab to quest for fair skin that makes Indians heliophobic. Children and their of midday sun exposure. the sun beats the only groups found to have acceptable vitamin D levels. in North India.000 IU) vitamin ic pollution drastically diminishes D injections. down on us relentlessly. What else could Disturbingly. Vitamin D status is estimated by measuring blood level Quite clearly. More than 80 per cent urban Indians. atmospher. It is ironic.

apart from nausea. Hyderabad. optimise athletic performance. constipation. There moment to wonder why superher- thinning conditions like osteoporosis. it is possible to over- dose and hit a toxic level. sion and disorientation. No one is immune to the D deficiency. There’s more good London. kidney stones.” he says. but SPF over 8 blocks production of vitamin age to kidneys. vomiting. and breakfast theatre near you are at least seven your doctor. “Physical activity is key for muscle and bone health. Low D levels bring down calcium lev- ing high levels of it in the blood. cheese. “If you can stop smoking. It’s your the test for people who have bone. he explains. Both vitamin D2 and D3 are now made commercially and found in dietary supplements or fortified foods. but too A lthough in India we get plenty of sun. news: milk is going to be fortified Fantasy baddies. leading to muscle injury and stress fractures in otherwise healthy can lead to calcium deposits in soft athletes. such review for musculoskeletal diseases answer: the victory of good over as women just before and any time to be brought under the National evil may not be just about morality. led by Dr Nick Hopkinson. cut back on caffeine and colas. The Food Safety and may just be deficient in vitamin D. especially milk. start by consulting juices. If you are planning to take supplements. away from sunlight. Awareness among our athletes is pretty poor. margarines. determining our quality of life— vitamin D recommendations through As the world waits for more news and death.” Who should? “I advise the government has woken up to all nasty pieces of work. For science has an or are at high risk. who have had a fracture after 50. hence. A National profound role vitamin D plays in others. some on vitamin D. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 19 .” says about its senior citizens though. is also under way. meets its Milk Survey.” Vitamin D is fat soluble and hence found in fatty products like fatty fish (a 100 gm serving). “Not everyone should The good news in India is that sters. under the Union claim researchers at Imperial College family history of osteoporosis. The US.D2 (ergocalciferol). Mumbai But can you take too much vita- Head of Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Olympic Gold Quest min D? “Yes. Most people aren’t anywhere near that level. caus. and egg yolk. The country is still worried Hollywood films where superheroes D has become a bit of a fad. They keep tissues like the heart and lungs. using a lot of sun screen. cooperatives across the country to It’s a telling piece of research on the But some countries are smarter than streamline standards. those health ministry. and milk Geeky science humour? Think again. who typically lurk those who take medicines that thins with vitamin D and A. avoid excess pro- tein in your diet. 2016. always lose out to the is working with the National Institute the martial prowess of superheroes. to address in the dark. confu. dam. bones. you can bring down calcium loss. “Testing for vitamin cereals. the need for food fortification. is even a proposal currently under oes always win. many of our top athletes face vitamin D deficiency. although it would take a litre of milk to get the recommended daily dose of vitamin D. some needing injections and supple- ments to correct their levels. Dr Nikhil Latey. The evidence is pretty strong that it does help tines absorb too much calcium. after menopause. poor appetite. coming to a movie Follow the writer on Twitter @DattaDamayanti SEPTEMBER 26. whereas D3 (cholecalcif- erol) is synthesised in the skin. This els. mutants. fortified food. malnutrition. Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) And. get into strength-training. mythical creatures— be tested. a manufactured supplement from plant sources added to foods. weakness and weight loss. older men with a Health Policy.” says Dr Tandon. such as a corticosteroid. D by 90 per cent. for instance. THE ROAD AHEAD of Nutrition. muscles and bones. Vitamin D facilitates calcium entry into much vitamin D can make the intes. But medication isn’t the only option.” Tandon explains. battle it out with super-villains: mon- Dr Tandon.

but critics warn that it will strike at the nature of parliamentary democracy By Ajit Kumar Jha Mukherjee made a pitch in support Raised by different leaders in S of this move. ELECTION SCENES FROM KASHMIR. on Natchiappan Commission in 2015. undermining the basic Vidyalaya in Delhi. elections—in 1952. 20 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. September 5. some 3. ONE ELECTION Simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls may mean big savings of time and money. the idea of concurrent elec- hould Lok Sabha and state a topic of agitated national debate. BIHAR. in various states in 1968 and 1969 Ever since Prime Minister Last checked. the Modi government Historically. Namely. The dis- sus around the issue and initiate a con. tions for the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections in India The President mooted the idea first assemblies has been discussed be held simultaneously? Or on Teacher’s Day. the Venkatachalaiah principle of parliamentary the Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Commission in 2002 and the democracy. regime. 1962 and fixed term of five years for the Lok ject on the MyGov web portal. while threadbare by a few official commis- does it go against the very delivering a lecture to students at sions. Is it possible to build political consen. structure of the Indian Constitution. VOTE COUNT FROM TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE. the issue has become the past. NDA government had launched in with only the rare exception. September 7.569 citizens had by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress Narendra Modi and President Pranab sent in their responses. Two days later. August 2015). JHARKHAND AND UTTAR PRADESH ONE COUNTRY. Citizens were invited to missal of non-Congress governments stitutional amendment to this effect? submit their comments by October 15. the first four Lok Sabha given the inherent assumption of a initiated a national debate on the sub. changed the cycle. 1957. 2016 . (MyGov 1967—were held concurrently with Sabha as well as the state assemblies? is a citizen engagement platform the elections to the state legislatures.

ters are election free”. Lok Sabha SEPTEMBER 26. the hope is to convert a national wave in favour of one party or personality—such as the Modi wave of 2014—into political capital across the country. who headed the EC between almost 10 times the money spent “Today. COSTS BY MORE THAN HALF” Frequent elections which require SUBHASH KASHYAP. “if all assembly elections expenses. has brought up the subject in two subsequent television interviews. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 21 . to evolve a method of holding Total expendi- ture (approx.500 for Media Studies and Election for the move. state assemblies as BJP. municipal and panchayat polls and we are talking of a figure over Rs 100.000 leaves no space for byelections or mid-term elections should an incum- bent get defeated in a no-confidence vote. the five-year fixed term 2004 1. dent during his September 5 lecture. the average expenditure of each in the state but also in the Central quarter so that the other three quar- Lok Sabha constituency per election government. Subhash Kashyap. Detractors. the national commission to review Vidhan Sabha spend at the same rate. BIG STORY ELECTIONS Bloated Account which under its ‘institutional reform’ section stated: “The BJP will seek. Given the massive elec.000 crore ity of the state assemblies. In one respect.” Mukherjee said. say. former secretary-general. At a time when the BJP controls A round of Lok Sabha.000 in response to a question by a stu. to go to polls simultaneously. Sampath.426 in April. or imposition of President’s rule Source: Centre under Article 356. believes the idea of by the Election Commission—elec. SIMULTANEOUS POLLS TO LOK es will reduce corruption and ease the SABHA AND ASSEMBLY WILL REDUCE hold of political mafia and crony capi- tal on the electoral system. is politi- cal. A check on expens. elicited its view. everyone agrees the model code of conduct to be in In June. in 29 states and the two Union ter. GETTY IMAGES. The PM. the for each assembly constituency (4. Not only does this stop work in the same year can be held in one base. well as Parliament during a BJP meet. The whole impetus 1996 597 2. assuming the Lok Sabha and ing the 2014 BJP election manifesto. man of the drafting committee of election. and led to policy paralysis. Photographs by ABID BHAT. who reiterated this election year 35. ensure transparency and bring down with the code of conduct being imple.114 10.” The idea of consen- Commission sus-building was explicit in the mani- Lok Sabha expenditure festo. however. believe that coterminous elections are a bad idea. some 2012 and 2015.000 crore (see graphic: Bloated Account). Veeravalli Sundaram crore for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. former chair- ritories of Delhi and Puducherry) per ing as early as March this year echo. He also feels it works out to approximately Rs 70 The PM officially mooted the idea may be easier for state assemblies con- crore and approximately Rs 10 crore of concurrent polls to panchayats. President simultaneous Union and state polls tion costs—estimated by the Centre Pranab Mukherjee alluded to this when the Union ministry for law had for Media Studies to be Rs 35. the Election Commission that the idea of simultaneous polls place have eroded good governance of India had supported the idea of is desirable. election or the other is happening and simultaneous polls is a well-meaning toral reform is a pressing necessity to regular work comes to a standstill but unfeasible one. Add the costs of frequent assembly. Taking 2014 figures as the mented. Total expenditure in Lok Sabha through consultation with other par- elections is 10 times what EC spends ties. according to constitu- Commission tional lawyer Indira Jaising. It would be better. he suggests.033 urban local bodies. PTI For one. throughout the year. trolled by one political party. assembly and panchayat polls neither the Rajya Sabha nor a major- is estimated to cost over Rs 100.000 proposal at a conference of chief min- isters and chief justices of high courts 2014 3.) assembly and Lok Sabha elections (Figures in Rs crore) Election simultaneously.

The pres- ent BJP government itself could take POLLS: WHY.and Cons Sabha election. Jaising is on the same page: worry it would be ultra vires of the cally appealing but practically impos. “The five-year coterminous term Constitution. nor work. is its greatest votary. After all. . “Not even a constitutional K. debate for simultaneous elections to fixed term inherent in simultaneous ous poll is neither feasible. 85 (prorogation and dissolution of Parliament sessions) 172 (tenure of state legislatures) and 174 (prorogation and dissolution of state legislature sessions) to stream- line the process. by holding coterminous polls in BJP-ruled states with the Lok The Pros. moots the concept of l Larger number of security l Leads to more electoral reform ‘constructive criticism’. The idea one agrees simultaneous polls will essence of representation. resulting space for mid-term elections ure of parliamentary in good governance l Will require enormous initial democracy. WHY NOT CONCURRENT the initiative. l End of policy paralysis. “Simultaneous polls is conceptually basic structure of the Constitution”. l Saving of time and money l Challenges the basic structure D l Reduction in corruption and of the Constitution ismissing objections that the five-year fixed term influence of mafia l Five-year fixed term leaves no will be a blow to the nat.. simultane. about such simultaneous polls.S. Critics of the idea. however. he says. which built around the Goods and Services if the essence of democracy is rela. and worse than the Emergency since same year in the same quarter could dential model. Constitutional amend- sible. leav- Abhishek Manu Singhvi finds the idea muster in Parliament. state legislatures (an oxymoron in a minister into a dictator”.. In practise in Germany and Japan. “Exponential frequency of for Parliament or state assemblies ments and political consensus can elections leads to the desire for order is a legal impossibility given that help overcome some of these differ- and stability and thus the first-blush the heart of parliamentary system is ences. expenditure in electronic a former secretary general of the one voter list instead of several voting machines Lok Sabha.” violative of the system of parliamen- solve prior to five years even though Lawyer Kapil Sibal agrees. however. coterminous polls “anti-democratic all state assembly elections in the liamentary democracy into a presi.T. con. It would reduce expenses incurred by more than half. ing more time for governance. GETTYIMAGES BIG STORY ELECTIONS the working of the Constitution (the Venkatachalaiah Commission). Lawyer of simultaneous polls will never pass mean saving time and money. PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI WITH CMs AND HIGH COURT CJs believes political will rather than a constitutional amendment could help accomplish the task.” he says. a great idea but given the essence of So.. short of changing par. many of simultaneous elections theoreti. Thus a vote forces will be needed of no-confidence against an incum- bent will ipso facto also produce an alternative majority government.” done for electoral reform. l End of duplication and wastage. Kashyap. quintessentially means ultimate sov. the Union and the states? While every- polls as antithetical to the democratic able. where does that leave us in the sider the principle of the five-year the parliamentary system. tary accountability as it challenges the the leadership might change. there is no reason why it can’t be tive chaos then one cannot negate ereignty rests with the people.” Lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP debate on the subject and steps such he says. Kashyap. He thinks the Follow the writer on Twitter @Ajitarticle 22 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. 2016 . Tulsi considers the idea of as CEC Sampath’s suggestion to hold amendment. A national democracy in the name of order. Experts suggest constitutional amendments to Articles 83 (duration of Parliament). he thinks. such a system can facilitate coterminous parliamentary democracy) can bring proposal is not only a “pipedream but polls since legislatures will not dis. which discussed at great length the idea of coterminous polls. nor practical. fixed-term federal and it can potentially convert the prime be a leap in that direction. But representative government. if consensus could be appeal of simultaneous elections.. Tax.

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Having controlled an inflammable caste rivalry in the state, Manohar Lal Khattar is
finally down to the task of governance and delivering on the party’s poll promises

By Asit Jolly

lass work” is how 62-year-
old Manohar Lal Khattar
describes the 14 long
years he spent honing his
organisational skills as a
full-time pracharak of the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh. The smile on his
face tells you that it was a happy time,
completely unlike the insanely con-
founding first 20 months as Haryana’s
chief minister. He sees this, his current
assignment, as “mass work”.
For someone who arrived in the
posh chief ministerial bungalow in
Chandigarh’s Sector 3 with all his
worldly possessions in one suitcase,
Khattar remains aloof to the relatively
plush trappings of his office, including
a set of brand new bulletproof Toyota
Land Cruisers replacing the trusty
motorcycle he so loved as an RSS pra-
charak. But the first-time CM, like his
mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi
a confirmed bachelor with both the
time and the inclination to put in extra
hours at work, is evidently still strug-
gling to come to grips with how things
run in the government.
Consider the first two years of
Haryana’s first-ever BJP government.
Most of the ‘populist’ commitments
in the party’s poll manifesto—includ-
ing rice or wheat at Re 1 a kg for
BPL families, implementation of the
Swaminathan Committee report on
foodgrain pricing, bringing employee
salaries on par with those in neighbou-
ring Punjab, laptops for meritorious
students, free travel for senior citizens HARYANA CM
on pilgrimage, 24-hour power supply, MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR

honorariums for jobless graduates and


doubling old-age pensions—remain by incidents like February’s quota agi- However, no one in the govern-
largely untouched. tation by the Jats. Companies like the ment, including the chief minister,
But there is movement on a key South Korean automotive parts maker seems in any hurry to publish the
front that could well become the pan- Ocean, Asian Paints and Suzuki Motors findings amid growing whispers that
acea Haryana craves for: job creation. were forced to withdraw expatriate despite its year-long inquest, the com-
Khattar insists his promise of bringing staff and severely curtail their opera- mission found nothing that could real-
employment—the 400,000 new jobs tions in troubled districts. ly pin Vadra down. “In the end, the
promised in the BJP’s poll manifesto— Following through on another report could well end up embarrassing
to young Haryanvis is real. oftenrepeated poll promise—ensur- the government in revealing nothing,”
He cites the ‘grand success’ of the ing accountability for wrongdoings a senior BJP leader says, admitting it
close-to-being-cancelled Happening under 10 years of the Bhupinder Singh would have been wiser to release the
Haryana investor summit held ten days Hooda-led Congress government— report at the very first instance.
after the Jat violence, in early March. the Khattar administration has now The party, however, remains intent
“Five hundred and twenty-two MoUs achieved some sorely needed traction. on milking the Vadra case politically.
with a promised investment of around After two extensions, and riled Addressing a mammoth public rally in
Rs 6 lakh crore. Let us see how much by accusations of accepting ‘favours’ Jat-predominant Jind on September
matures,” the CM says, hoping that the 11, BJP president Amit Shah claimed
new investment, when it arrives, will that the Congress leadership was rat-
bring in the promised jobs. tled by the Khattar government’s inves-
State finance minister Captain tigation into how “Haryanvi farmers
Abhimanyu Sindhu, who also held were robbed to serve the Dilli ka dam-
Haryana’s industry portfolio till the
WHILE A LOT OF THE aad (Delhi’s son-in-law Vadra)”.
cabinet reshuffle on July 22 and PROMISES IN THE In a rare candid moment, though,
claims credit for ‘rebuilding investor Khattar says it all: “When we speak to
confidence’ in what he says had been
POLL MANIFESTO people during election campaigns, we
a “steeped-in-corruption administra- REMAIN ON PAPER, talk of many things, about corruption,
tion” under Congress, is confident that THE 522 MoUs AT THE but that doesn’t mean I have to go after
the creation of new jobs will begin soon. somebody the day I come to power.”
Admitting that MoUs cannot be a HARYANA INVESTOR The CM insists he will let the law and
measure of how much investment will SUMMIT, SAYS courts follow due course.
come in eventually, the finance minis- Curiously, however, the man main-
ter is looking at the ‘positives’. In less KHATTAR, WILL HELP ly responsible for putting Vadra in the
than two years of the BJP government, MEET THE PROMISE dock in the first instance, IAS officer
he points to Haryana’s climb from 14th Ashok Khemka, the BJP’s favourite
to third place (in September 2016) in OF JOB CREATION poster boy through its 2014 assembly
‘ease of doing business’. Judging from election campaign, cited in rallies by
the current scenario, wherein more PM Modi and Shah, is still out in the
than two dozen prospective inves- cold and facing a chargesheet slapped
tors—including realty majors DLF and on him by the Congress government.
IREO, and others in automotive manu- from the Khattar administration thro- “It is not a big deal,” Khattar argues,
facturing, food processing and service ugh the course of his investigations, citing due process in such cases. But
sector—have already procured land, Justice S.N. Dhingra handed in his it’s clearly not a priority any more.
Abhimanyu says he is looking at a “30 182-page report on the afternoon of Khattar and his ministers are
per cent conversion (of the promised August 31. The one-man commission equally guarded in their response to
Rs 6 lakh crore) in the next 2-3 years”. of inquiry had been instituted under allegations of misappropriation and
“I think we can safely look at bri- the former judge in early 2015 to probe misuse of power against Hooda. The
nging in 7-8 lakh new (private sector) the Hooda government’s alleged mis- former CM, whose premises were
jobs over this period,” Abhimanyu demeanours in granting concessions raided by the CBI on September 2,
says. His confidence is also driven by to Gandhi family son-in-law Robert faces three separate cases pertain-
the continuing interest shown by eight Vadra and others in building licences ing to dubious land allotments and
Chinese investors, including the Dalian in Shikohpur, Sikandarpur, Badah and the release of prime real estate from
Wanda Group (promoted by Wang Kherki Dhaula villages. the acquisition process initiated by the
Jianlin, the richest Chinese entrepre- While the report is still to be tabled government, allegedly to favour civil
neur of 2015), which will build a $10 in the Haryana assembly or made servants and politicians.
billion industrial park at Kharkhoda. public, Justice Dhingra has alluded Besides probing allegations of fav-
Both the FM and CM have their fin- to a host of ‘irregularities’, including ours extended to Associated Journals
gers crossed, fervently hoping future the allegedly ‘unlawful’ transfer of a Limited (owners of the National
overseas investors do not get spooked licence by Vadra to realty major DLF. Herald newspaper), the CBI and the



Enforcement Directorate, on the ref- at a slower than sluggish pace. Set up it was not his job as CM to punish the
erence of the Khattar government, are in April, a two-man commission of rioters, “that is the job of the courts.”
also probing the Manesar land deals, inquiry headed by former judge S.N. Among the ‘achievements’ of his
where farmer-owners of 400 acres Jha, with the mandate to probe politi- two years in office, besides the enact-
were allegedly duped of more than cal and other reasons for the violence ment of a more stringent cow pro-
Rs 1,500 crore. Hooda, of course, by Jats, has received less than two tection law and the introduction of
rejects the cases as nothing more dozen complaints over five months. e-platforms for citizen-government
than a “political witch-hunt”. Besides, the Haryana govern- interactions to pre-empt corruption,
A year into his tenure last October, ment has now invited censure from Khattar is counting the Rs 2,200 crore
Khattar had acknowledged the fact the Punjab & Haryana High Court for compensation disbursed to Haryana’s
of his ‘inexperience’ admitting that shying away from a second report it farmers for damage to the wheat crop
his first 12 months in office were a had originally asked the former DGP in April 2015 and later the white fly
period of learning. “Pehle varsh mein to work on, on strategies to improve attack on the autumn cotton crop.
disha theek ki hai…yojana banayi the police and civil administration in “We have disbursed more than the
hai (have set direction, put plans in preparation for future exigencies. total compensation paid over 48
place),” he had said, also attributing With the situation now calm, if still years since Haryana was formed in
his government’s inability to deliver potentially explosive amid a deepen- 1966,” he says.
on most poll promises to a lack of ing caste divide between Haryana’s He also counts school education
finances. The previous Congress gov- as the main ‘focus’ of his government
ernment, he said, had bled Haryana (see interview: ‘I want to carry all...’).
to bankruptcy. Scathing of the previous government’s
But in many ways Khattar has decision to elevate students to senior
had an even more punishing second DESPITE ALL THE classes without exams, he says, “They
have ruined the sense of responsibil-
year in office. The mishandling of the
precarious law and order situation CRITICISM, ity in schoolchildren,” detailing how
in in Hisar November 2014—which KHATTAR SAYS HE his government had re-introduced a
erupted after thousands of devotees of system of monthly tests to inculcate a
self-styled godman Rampal gathered DID WELL, competitive spirit.
to prevent his court-ordered arrest— CONTAINING THE But it is clearly a ‘work in prog-
could perhaps be explained by the ress’, there is little change so far. In
fact that Khattar had been CM for less JAT AGITATION IN Jind’s Bibipur village, former sar-
than a month. But nothing, other than JUST THREE DAYS; panch Sunil Jaglan acknowledges
administrative inability or what some that teacher and student attendance
have called ‘incompetence’, explains THE MANDAL STIR IN has improved in village-level prima-
the failure of the CM, his entire cabi- 1991 WENT ON FOR ry and middle schools. But this, he
net and gargantuan administration to insists, is more a consequence of the
take note of the rapidly snowballing
THREE MONTHS biometric attendance (for teachers)
caste confrontation that culminated introduced by the Hooda government.
in an unprecedented collapse of state Jaglan, whom PM Modi mentioned in
machinery for 72 violence-torn hours his weekly Mann Ki Baat programme,
this February, leaving a body count of for his ‘selfie with daughter’ initia-
30 in its wake. Jats and the other 35 castes, Khattar tive last year, says “higher education,
Former Uttar Pradesh and Naga- believes he did well. “People may including high school and college,
land DGP Prakash Singh, 80, who think I am a new chief minister, but is still denied to girl students living
delved into the failures of the police and I handled things very quickly, within in remote hinterland villages in the
civil administration in the face of the three days,” he says, comparing the absence of transport facilities”.
violent quota agitation by Haryana’s violent orgy of caste violence under And while he considers ways to
Jats, called it “complete collapse”, as his watch with the 1991 Mandal agi- make his self-coined slogan ‘Haryana
if the state “had ceased to exist”. tation which, he points out, went on Ek, Haryanvi Ek’ a reality, there is evi-
Of the 80 officials, including five for three months. dently something that Manohar Lal
IAS and five IPS officers, indicted by Khattar promises action will even- Khattar likes talking about even more
the Prakash Singh Committee report tually be taken against all guilty offi- than his ‘achievements’—his contin-
in May, just a handful—lower rung cials. “The [Jha] Commission will ued proximity to the prime minister.
police and civil officials—have had submit its report. I do not want to com- “When we meet or I go to see him, I
action initiated against them. Of the ment on that. I tackled the situation… ask him whether he has some news
593 rioters arrested, most have been talked to [Jat] leaders and agreed to from Haryana. He replies: ‘No, no,
released on bail with police investiga- their demands,” he says, insisting everything is fine’.”
tion into the 2,124 FIRs lodged going with uncharacteristic vehemence that Follow the writer on Twitter @Asitjolly


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Though it rises in Kodagu. It cent below average rainfall. reach the Bay of Bengal. widespread protests and violence in km) and Puducherry (160 sq km). Unfortunately. again By Aravind Gowda F or us. were killed in clashes with the police in waters is mainly between manship for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. sharing the riparian rights of Karnataka. normal rainfall year—10 Tmc ft in June. Losses in water has only deepened as the the Cauvery catchment area (Kodagu the arson are said to run into crores of states grew more populous and district in Karnataka) received 33 per rupees.000 cusecs Cauvery basin spread over 81. The com. as dalised all over Karnataka. 2016 has been a ‘distress’ year. ages.155 cosmopolitan Bengaluru. this time the ruling Court seeking relief against the ‘injustice’. Harangi and Hemavathi dams) in a goddess…she is the lifeline of the Cauvery basin by the end of August What is the south Karnataka. it has become a game of oneup. 28 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. and over 150 TN registra. cably or through a Cauvery Management the state on September 12. resulting TNadu (for the second time) and direct. The wrangling for states. a sentiment that the state’s the required quantum of water in July the Cauvery has been a simmering political parties have been milking for and August. Karnataka and flows 800 km south Congress government failed to gauge With the court ruling in favour of eastwards through Tamil Nadu to how aggrieved the public was. businesses owned bined water storage levels (for the KRS. an agreement was reached ching of TN-registered vehicles in the 34 Tmc ft in July. the in large-scale arson and violence even in ing Karnataka to release 12. Karnataka F activist of the rabble-rousing Karnataka should release 192 Tmc ft of water in a or 125 years. an Disputes Tribunal award. As per the Cauvery Water dispute? our goddess. With the police largely absent new areas came under irrigation. by Tamilians were mercilessly targeted has intensified since the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal gave its final order in 2007. the Cauvery river is like Kabini. AFP PRICE OF NEGLECT The SC order on releasing Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu has Karnataka on the boil. there were sq km includes Kerala (2. in the initial stages. That’s the kind of emotion the 40 Tmc ft in September and 22 Tmc ft in Presidency and Mysore for arbitra- sharing of Cauvery waters evokes in October. 2016 . TN approached the Supreme issue. as against a normal average of in Tamil Nadu in the name of 216 Tmc ft. Bengaluru. Two people But the dispute over rights to its Board.” thunders Ravi Gowda. We will not 2016 was 115 thousand million cubic feet Cauvery water stand attacks on Kannadigas (Tmc ft). As Karnataka failed to release tion. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which in- This year has been no different. 50 Tmc ft in August. of water by September 20. when Rakshana Vedike as he justifies the tor. since 1892. For both tion vehicles have reportedly been van- cludes the delta. between the erstwhile Madras state.866 sq Rather than settling the dispute ami.

the ruling AIADMK has Tribunal announced its final decision PROTESTERS IN THE CITY termed it as another victory for their on February 5.PTI NATION CAUVERY by rioters.S. the Kannada language and them again. to On the ground. It was too little. It will go by whatever the law says. Siddaram. of the SC and has already approached Distress years like these also provide the Cauvery Supervisory Committee. control”. Parameshwara. Mandya district. was caught completely offguard even as This water dispute cannot be settled in a his home minister. Puttannaiah. KARNATAKA orders. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah years. It has to happen across the maintained that the “situation was under table through meaningful negotiations. By evening. Tamil Nadu is unlikely to has been no consensus on how water remain satisfied with the revised verdict will be shared when the monsoon fails. POLICE sis.” he said in a glum televised address. to cooper. Rajya Raitha Sangha (a farmers’ body) aiah played it safe by agreeing to release from Melukote. “I don’t understand the logic farmers. for the last nine years.” curfew was imposed in 16 police station says K. G. for the present state of affairs. too late. their egos and evolved a formula to share ly reviewed the security situation and a Cauvery water during distress years. the epi- PRO. especially farmers. I request the people the politicians of Karnataka and TN TURN VIOLENT of the state. legislator representing the Karnataka A day after the violence. and with large It is time leaders of the two states shed parts of Bengaluru burning. distress formula has evaded them LEFT). an independent limits. Karanataka’s farmers take the stage espousing their favou- point fingers at political leaders for failing rite causes. 2007. as a (EXTREME ate and support us in this moment of cri. “We have always honoured the Farmers like him squarely blame PROTESTERS IN BENGALURU apex court’s verdict. water to TN in accordance with the SC’s centre of the Cauvery-related violence. but so far. the CM final. The Cauvery ARREST In TN. Nagaraj is categorical: “Why behind approaching the courts in distress should we share Cauvery water with . an opportunity for Kannada leaders like which will meet next week to decide the Vatal Nagaraj and Karnataka Rakshana quantum of water to be released. there leader ‘Amma’. Vedike founder Narayana Gowda. court of law.

apex court ward is to assess ground realities in Follow the writer on Twitter @AravindShiv asks both states to behave. we Tribunal constituted under 1990 the finer points of the Tribunal award will lay before the court the ground Inter-State Water Disputes Act in the SC. The bal- water. and the Cauvery basin ground- between the two parties distress year. The supervisory commit- following fresh disputes be proportionately reduced among tee should expedite the process and the states of Kerala.” It ly instead of raising it during distress committee as Kerala and is left to the discretion of the Cauvery years. PUDUCHERRY tion is because when the first In a normal year. soil fertility. Neither state has accepted the Madras Presidency and the There has been no attempt by either final award of the tribunal and both princely state of Mysore expires Karnataka or TN to press for the con. Tamil both states should pursue it vigorous- The Centre sets up a fact-finding 1970 Nadu and the UT of Pondicherry. have approached the SC. red- uces quantum to be released . while realities. We are looking at a try. Hanumanthaiah. 30 Tmc ft to Kerala Sept. four claimants on their share Board. approach. states. On Sept. At the same time. Karnataka has plies even as it appeals.NATION CAUVERY Karnataka contributes 462 Tmc ft Water Allocation Currently. violent think we would have faced a problem of staked claim to 312 Tmc ft of water protests and the game of iden. water usage and Mysore for arbitration order issued by the Tribunal: “In case during surplus and deficient rainfall A second agreement reached 1924 the yield of Cauvery basin is less in a years. the problem Karnataka used just 16 per cent NADU emerges in distress years Tamil Nadu when we don’t even have distress years. I don’t to the sea. are satisfied with the tribunal’s award. Supreme Court addresses the problem. Karnataka com- was such a policy in this country. which could decide on the water Siddaramaiah is clear about his state’s initially but a change in flows in lean years based on a shar. As CM ft to Karnataka. difficulty for Karnataka to RA TN was using 80 per cent of release the allocated water to TAMIL LA Cauvery water while Tamil Nadu. However. a Puducherry up their claims on a Supervisory Committee to arrive at the hydro-geologist and irrigation expert share of the Cauvery waters quantum of water to be released to TN who has worked on large watershed after assessing the ground realities in projects in south India. Karnataka. Centre notifies final 2013 Karnataka does feel there is scope The tribunal allocated 419 Tmc ft of CWDT award for a Cauvery Management Board. but the total 740 Tmc ft water available Tamil Nadu files petition on 2016 only after all the states have accepted in the Cauvery basin to TN. Tamil Nadu’s of Cauvery water but can use 270 KARNATAKA In Tmc ft share has come down to Tamil Nadu 419 Tmc ft. “Firstly. “all of us want to and 7 Tmc ft to Puducherry. 12. Tamil Nadu contributes 227 Karnataka 270 57 per cent while Kerala 30 Tmc ft but gets 419 Tmc ft Puducherry 7 Karnataka’s share has gone up to 37 per cent Bay of Bengal This seemingly unfair distribu. between Madras Presidency years because of the lack of clarity in the land usage. Karnataka’s Agreement reached by all 1976 stitution of the Cauvery Management appeal is up for hearing on October 18. gives its final order on allocation Committee during distress years. SC directs Karnataka to put an end to this issue…but where ance 14 Tmc ft has been earmarked for release 15.000 cusecs a day for is the National Water Policy? If there environmental protection and outflow next ten days. The agreement between the 1974 both the states. The Cauvery Dispute needs of Karnataka? We will fight for issue of sharing water during distress Cauvery…she belongs to Karnataka. how can this issue Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal 2007 the decisions taken by the Supervisory ever be tackled?” he wonders. of issues involved. the two states Timeline of the adequate stock to meet the drinking have to accept the tribunal award.” years has to be addressed scientifically Agreement reached 1892 The problem arises during distress after assessing crop growth patterns. as the definition for ‘distress government leads TN to renege ing formula like that adopted by other formula’ is not clear. the allocated shares shall water level. Instead. 270 Tmc the final award of the tribunal. this magnitude. TN is It is a fact that none of the states in their favour. 5 in SC seeking release of Siddaramaiah says.” says Prof T. there is no Ca u very KE agreement was signed in 1924.” and it will be interesting to see how the tity politics rolls out in both Experts believe the only way for. When there is no definition for after SC gets involved Karnataka is unhappy with some of a distress formula. they have been contesting long-term solution. On October 18. “There are plenty on final consent river management boards in the coun.


This was a Even Nitish Kumar. to bare his political fangs. The pla­ cleared as if in deference to the don. The holder of an MA EVEN NITISH KUMAR. who became am. even the mon­ ger to make a point—expressed his seemed. Shahabuddin would have WHO ENSURED above it. walked out of Bihar’s the 13­hour journey to his hometown. when Mohammad man in charge. “the 32 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. the scholarly appurte­ Draped in a white kurta so crisp it were raised without a single operator nances. Janata Dal (United). He was in Jharkhand. without any LAW. and some half dozen or so tollgates cid demeanour. Bhagalpur Central jail. NATION BIHAR CASTING A LONG SHADOW After 11 years in jail. Bihar chief minister in 2005 and ens­ Shahabuddin. soon cooperated. “Lalu is our leader. book tucked under his arm. All of Bihar. to respond when relaxed. As the massed unable. were all for show. Nitish has tried to rise and a PhD. By 7:26 remarkable self­assurance. it ember 10. making small talk. in Siwan. but the support of some walked among his supporters. How will it affect Bihar and CM Nitish Kumar? By Amitabh Srivastava O n the morning of Sept­ of his shoulders. to a boisterous welcome by ranks of SUVs swept through. He SHAHABUDDIN WOULD mandate and “doesn’t care what others have to say”. claiming he has the people’s passed for a professor in his reading glasses. the disdainful shrug ident Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. out of the fray.” said the RJD national vice­pres­ hint of a swagger. unhurried and Pratappur. APPEARED KEEN TO Shahabuddin’s “accidental” comments noticeable security. 2016 . shaking FEEL THE FORCE OF THE Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders for hands. the jabbing of the fin­ daring to ask for a fee. Siwan strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin is out on bail. He was genial and accessible. it appeared. cars swe­ Shahabuddin mocked him as the thousands of supporters. might have been steam­pressed that Shahabuddin was more than happy morning. but his body language—the STAY OUT OF THE FRAY have led to clear tensions. had once again fallen in line. his party’s pur­ ported allies. His com­ calling journalists “yaar” and breaking ments also succeeded in annoying the into a smile when he was asked why people feared him. Shahabuddin was affable. the skies had rved to the side to let the convoy pass “accidental chief minister”. convic­ The authority was manifest in the ured Shahabuddin would feel the full ted murderer and four­time member 150­car convoy that escorted him on force of the law. appeared keen to stay of Parliament. or unwilling.

He was also sentenced to life in even though he hasn’t been convicted. the govern­ ment failed to take the Rajiv Roshan murder case to trial.” For over two years. in Siwan in August 2004. It even failed to honour the HC’s directions of February 3 to conclude the trial within nine mon­ ths. back in September 7 by the Patna High Court in the public eye. “Why wasn’t he booked SHAHABUDDIN WALKING OUT OF BHAGALPUR JAIL AFTER PATNA HC GRANTED HIM BAIL under the CCA. cases. it could have begun Shahabuddin’s trial through video­conferencing from Bhagalpur..I did not favour it. Bail was also made possible as the police chose not to invoke the Crime Control Act (CCA). Modi said had the government wan­ ted. RJD MP in 1996. Shahabuddin was granted bail on himself. He had never lost an . “when he is involved in so many cases? Instead. serving until 2008. he finds tion decree was challenged in court. to immediate calls from JD(U) leaders. The Shahabuddin’s years in prison and described in Siwan. and murder of a political rival.” asks Modi.” This led year. or ‘Saheb’. Why His Bail Raises Eyebrows BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi has accused the Lalu­Nitish duo of enabling Shahabuddin’s bail. where the Siwan strong­ man was shifted after the murder of Siwan­based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in May. as he is which he is named as a conspirator. Shahabuddin. looked as if he had stepped out of a bar­ ber shop rather than a prison. The Patna HC’s bail order reads: “Finding no progress in the trial and further considering the period of detention. the CCA was imposed on Mokama MLA leaders of the alliance partners had which Shahabuddin had already been Anant Singh (another dreaded don) to decided to make Nitish Kumar the chief given a life sentence in December last prevent him from coming out of jail minister. from the murders of the victim’s’s two He retains his thick hair and clear skin. he short by prison. as it had done once to keep Shahabuddin in jail on the gro­ unds that he could influence the trial. the petitioner is directed to be released on bail. temporarily at least. case. The journalist’s family has acc­ used Shahabuddin of masterminding the killing. for and with his freshly shaven cheeks. He’s Shahabuddin’s bail. He walked out of prison last week had not engaged top lawyers to oppose Lalu’s only response has been to claim after 11 years in judicial custody. Despite a further 11 Who is Shahabuddin? the 2014 Rajiv Roshan murder case in cases lodged against him awaiting trial. having spared no Shahabuddin had said nothing against been convicted and sentenced to vary­ expense to hire a crack legal team to Nitish but was only expressing his sup­ ing prison terms in eight separate represent the state when the prohibi­ port and loyalty to the RJD and its chief.. prison in 2007 for the 1999 abduction The state has conspired to weaken the who had striven to ignore Shahabuddin. but as appeals grind on. first became an Roshan case is being tried separately legal travails have not worn him down.” He also questioned why the state to call on Lalu to control his party. when his political career was cut brothers.

If he seemed to believe he could act Ten die in shootout with police Wife Hena loses LS elections with impunity. detailing his network of as RJD candidate. Ojha had a 256-page dossier on Fights LS polls from Siwan Shahabuddin. Shahabuddin’s Sentenced to two years in jail private army fired at a Bihar police murder of brothers for attack on CPI(ML) office in Girish and Satish Raj team. but arrested again Charged with was formally unseated from Bihar. two months before his superan- and murder of Girish and Satish nuation. May 2016 dom. SP S. it was because he after Shahabuddin’s men try to could. Businessmen Rajiv Roshan murder case would hang pictures of Saheb on the walls of factories and offices. who had been ordered to raid Siwan in 1998 his Pratappur house. December 2015 500 criminals. Lalu spoke abduction. “Lalu. after illegal possession of a The state was then under President’s seizure of illegal arms mobile phone in jail rule and an assembly election (the 34 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. won another assembly term 1986 September 2016 with the RJD. in Delhi. sur- stop arrest of local RJD biggie vived a murder attempt. Even 2003 Given a 10-year sentence for possession of an unlicensed when Lalu’s brother-in-law. Lalu’s wife. Sadhu Yadav. 2016 . Shahabuddin’s electoral suc- cess began in 1990. Shahabuddin enjoyed complete Booked for conspiracy in the autonomy in Siwan. Ojha once 1990 observed that “had Siwan been a king- Wins seat in Bihar assem. killing 11 people including two policeman. March 2007 “always considered Shahabuddin as 2004 First major legal setback. 56 war with Shahabuddin. Shahabuddin with a ticket for the Lok Shahabuddin in Siwan. his faith was well placed then a college student is released on bail with Siwan becoming a safe seat for the RJD till 2008. goes that in Siwan no one spat or uri- Shahabuddin is shift- nated in the vicinity of a Shahabuddin 1996 ed to Bhagalpur central jail poster. 2009 2001 Wads of currency found The Fall and Rise under his jail cell mattress.P. In 1996. Shahabuddin Sabha polls. Shahabuddin 2008 and two of his bodyguards were conv- icted for their part in the plot.” says an RJD leader. 2005 2006 Shahabuddin’s fortunes nosedived days before his mentor Lalu Prasad Out on bail. Shahabuddin would have been bly as an independent After the mur- its shahenshah”. and in 1995. when he won an assembly seat as an independent.K. It was the start of murder of CPI(ML)’s rounds of AK-47 ammunition the estrangement between Lalu and Chhotelal Gupta Sadhu. who were killed in 2004 removed from his post by then chief minister Rabri Devi. Former Bihar DGP D. The story. His writ was all-per- candidate from Ziradei der of journalist vasive. But in December life imprisonment for the kidnap 2003. in November. In the 15 years that Lalu and his wife ran 2014 Bihar. NATION BIHAR SIWAN’S election from Siwan until his crimi- nal convictions made him ineligible ‘SHAHENSHAH’ to run. The highs and lows of a life of crime He caught Lalu’s attention. presumed Pakistan-made rifles and 200 up for his protege. was involved in a vicious turf Arrested for the foreign-made pistol. onment. arsenal of AK-47s and wins handsomely Shahabuddin is sentenced to Rs 100 crore empire. Singhal. possibly apocryphal.” In March 2001. the sole custodian of Siwan’s Muslim Charged for the votes. Ojha was unceremoniously Raj. Lalu then rewarded First case lodged against After 11 years of impris. Rajdeo Ranjan.

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The next day. was in Bangalore for essentially. instead early next year. Early late Sunanda Pushkar as a Rs 50 crore a trip that caused controversy on the last month. And this on them by Jung. ing Kumar’s right (albeit before the lowed. looked a little shabbier. having spent the previ. —prose that is humourless. Since then AAP has been in what is being bullied by Modi and the BJP. and self-aggrandising. too. the temporarily) flirtation with Navjot ty’s MLAs are waiting for the Election corpulent BJP president. the party has been the clock. the city’s principal administra. Arvind Kejriwal. news broke of wrt to Del a fourth death in a Delhi hospital of a Tweet by Delhi CM.000 feet above the capital. the (NCW) to justify a blog he wrote defend- a little more exposed.” Kejriwal announced dur. Delhi’s a mandate less than two years ago. a set of sparse rooms. and a botched (at least. unadorned truth was—nobody. alongside Sisodia. “abdicating its responsibility to the tating the current. even to buy a been lounging in his executive class seat pen. of bustle. crippling stand-off ous four days campaigning in Punjab.M anish Sisodia pulled up Literally or metaphorically. accepts that Punjab now. the Delhi High Court ruled girlfriend. to be held drink and raping her on camera. did the NCW issue a notice to nightly news talk shows. on a person. that the LG is. And the What about Modi’s description of the flight to Finland to catch late that night. is unequivocal in chief minister. It’s their authoritarian nature. whatever its own excesses. he had received a summons from overlit so that everything. it was with an apology: “Sorry. directly to Modi and Amit Shah. tious. of victimhood. ARVIND KEJRIWAL patient with chikungunya. When Sisodia emerged from his al trip to the United States. AAP national spokes- Road. That said. LG n PM enjoy all powers (if the media is to be believed) 30.” chikungunya. waiting “They can’t. bowed under the weight of files. Since then. as Sisodia would have no power now. outside the gate to his offi. Ashutosh. should be disqualified for accepting there is some justice in AAP’s claims ing his visit. sofas and Helsinki. the typically non-fatal mosquito-borne virus. Punjab and Sisodia was on his way to ago. “that they don’t have the room for SEPTEMBER 26. him?” This is the ur-AAP narrative. “but we’re being blocked by the Once odds-on favourites to win the ister accused of spiking a woman’s LG. with a cabinet min. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 37 . is in Delhi alone. Najeeb Jung. burgundy leather despatch boxes into win in Punjab with electoral victory in The blog was written in what we have the office. if not run aground. wade through an ocean of government and the AAP government’s bete noire.” Ashutosh says. in central Delhi. for all intents and pur. Kejriwal appeared to be putting dis.” he says of the Delhi govern- found itself in treacherous waters. the truth is that over several weeks the CM n min [are] left wid Delhi government has ground to a halt. Every day members of the office. claiming that pressure is being exerted back foot. Ashutosh has a point when he argues paperwork to reach his marooned was missing in action too. ment. seeking to garnish its anticipated sual adult relationships as he wished. and there are few that will deny that Sisodia is a hard worker. I just cleared 50 to 60 files. seams minister and. too. defending self-inflicted scan. ted haste.” he only after sending the Badals to jail. the line. “Who’s in charge. the columnist. Several days his home office. poses. relationship with bureaucrats. people of the city. “take dis- the city with symptoms of dengue or for the Supreme Court to pronounce sent. Meanwhile. Sputtering with rage down a phone cial residence on Mathura tance between himself and Delhi. who in turn answers dals. as one commentator put absolving AAP of any blame in precipi- throat surgery. AAP is suddenly on the another leader accused of molestation. an elected government to be reduced deputy chief minister strode towards While Kejriwal was campaigning in to an advisory capacity”.” Sisodia denies that AAP has a bad state’s assembly elections. it. “and I will leave the state positions as parliamentary secretaries. Fully 21 of the par. hospitals and mohalla clinics around appears to be a prolonged sulk. The scene is like a parody a third state and near-certain national come to know as ‘AAP standard style’ of industry. No one from the Aam Aadmi Party was available to answer questions about the death or the rising panic over the numbers of people flocking to tor. Assistants fol.” a so-called ‘office of profit’. “I have pitched my tent in Commission to decide whether they Desai. AAP is campaigning there rape allegation) to conducting consen- Two others wheeled a pair of squat. Satyendra Jain. bump- enter the Circumlocution Office and the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi. “It can’t be denied. were sitting MLAs. that For all the appearance of business. Delhi’s health the National Commission for Women people. Santosh Singh Sidhu. though they says. government’s most able administrator. the judgement on the party’s appeal and Sisodia. city where he won so overwhelming person insisted that it “defied logic for on a recent weekday evening.” reporters and BJP and RSS make sexist statements. and a third still of thuggery. dissent. that the NCW “acted with unpreceden- desk. the party.” with the LG. was in Goa. “We are working around where AAP has.” He had a news anchors thundered. as if Sisodia were about to party status. mired in scandal.

ing in other states.” But Kejriwal. Individuals the people of Delhi and are taking their that schools are clean. What do we want from them? credibility. as leader of they feel more accountable to Kejriwal has two roles and. He is in a supervisory different.  Why would the PM and health. In Delhi. Has the LG’s office called government. a few to Punjab and Goa and one to minister is in Goa while there is a  How as a party will you Gujarat”. that the high court decision wings. that they are sandwiched between a hostile municipal corporation and LG but AAP is at war with everyone.” Sisodia emphasises that is not bad. we will sack him. But the problem is that dedicated to Delhi. to achieve unrealistic targets. will make it harder for the LG and the Our relationship with bureaucrats Look. gives municipal corporation about sani. do you expect him to keep quiet the impression that the state he promised to tation. you can’t have a ers wrt to Del”. unwilling to be quoted except anony- In conversation with Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia mously. We don’t hide says Modi and the BJP “are irritated with in government schools to ensure things behind curtains. Sisodia work. If someone does some. is a To leave us to get on with our thing wrong. But do voters care that the LG has embarked on the futile. It is not. is becoming comfortable with the idea of non-perfor- mance. glean but a man throwing his hands up in defeat in Delhi. The frequent absences from Delhi. n .” There is a danger too that a govern- ment which has promised to do things. about the dirt that clogs when Dalits are being murdered govern for five years is becoming an after- this city? in Hyderabad. party forever eager to pick a fight. even to buy a pen. says an AAP insider. molestation. How his criticism of Modi’s foreign jaunts. the initiative. a nation. It is that AAP has lost Any party will try to expand its tions of rape. critical despair? And that is not an image people in Aadmi Party only. even if he is a minis. though. and is rife. saying that Kejriwal “has left Delhi in governing when the chief min. Unless you do some. including themselves. larger. If we put an estate manager ter. with his feres in the governing of Delhi but reposed their trust in him. it makes sense that Kejriwal should ignore Delhi in favour of Punjab: How does the government  If AAP can win the Punjab “His hands are tied in Delhi. And if you eye-watering text speak. AAP and Kejriwal must rediscover their mojo. what is there to they are not able to digest their don’t have progressive citizens. Between the lines of all that Their ultimate problem is that progressive citizenry. And it won’t be enough to whine that Modi stole it. ironic given has he thought about asking his whole country looks to him. Because people have of administration. he is duty-bound to he lets his ministers get on with the details a single meeting? The PM inter. the Delhi CM will always be BJP to block us. once revenge on the people of Delhi. what will be the Delhi Punjab it will help us win more credibility in with bureaucrats is so bad? CM’s role in Punjab? Delhi. chikungunya wherever there is an Aam Aadmi role. But Arvind Kejriwal “cannot be expected. has given the LG authority at the expense of with our fight with the PMO or the Aam Aadmi Party has proved its the elected government. If AAP wins function when the relationship election. proactive party it elected. not to play a key role in campaign- the LG. Ashutosh rejects this interpreta-  Can AAP be fully engaged part of Uttar Pradesh? Any sensi. and the health speak out. they’re are important but the Aam Aadmi revenge on the people for rejecting them concerned only about whether Party stands for something much so completely”. But that has nothing to do corruption. LG n PM enjoy all pow- obstruct you? thing about that. that it is health crisis in Delhi? recover from recent accusa. as the party. LG. tive leader in this country should barely a handful of times. as all chief ministers should be.. They want citizens. And the LG’s priorities are leader of the Aam Aadmi Party. We care about education “CM n min [are] left wid no power now. Kejriwal tweets that the we’ve asked them for permission. What people see on TV. uninterested in Delhi. with only one trip ister is in Punjab. or Gujarat. manoeuvre that governments generally do. to Rome. then you can’t develop as Delhi associate with the once dynamic. It’s not about Aam forward-looking citizens. time-wasting task of retroactively investigating AAP govern- M ZHAZO ment decisions for examples of neglected protocol? Or do they just see the govern- ment they elected as defunct? ‘THEY WANT REVENGE’ I n a curious way. tion. look at it. or some thought. the party insists..



As many as 104 initiatives for However.O. total makeover.000 crore on upgrading port infra­ Today. on the other hand. India’s largest corporate culture. cracking the whip like a pri­ in efficiency at India’s major ports— for each port. FOR THE 12 MAJOR PORTS The additional cargo­handling capacity at these ports has increased their cumulative profits by Rs 1. to meet interna­ and Distribution Corporation fortunes of the major ports. tion ratio. TANGEDCO. this has been acheived by SEPTEMBER 26. both Gadkari and Port to 90 per cent at Ennore Port. In Paradip port. The mechanisa­ (TANGEDCO). The mandate he gave BCG tractors he had introduced as PWD costs in the last financial year alone. Chidambaranar (for­ because of changes. and then already been brought into play. was to point out areas of inefficiency minister in Maharashtra in the ’90s. (Coal is the life­ of ships berthed or waiting for a berth. or the ratio of work done by vider responsible for genera­ machines compared to manual labour. Boston Consulting Group (BCG). as well as perfor­ said. mised use of available resources and Bonuses were announced for those The incremental changes. coal fields to the state. while avoiding capital expenditure. and the laggards off its logistics costs.000 portfolios of road transport. the style of functioning and modern ers.” he has said power plants. therefore. Also. “Performers have to be encour­ ped the corporation shave Rs 78 crore mance indicators such as the number aged and rewarded.) Meanwhile. The reports note vital vate sector CEO. verified potential because the equipment ed only after the government increased by the Indian Registrar of Shipping. (Increase in port efficien­ Project Unnati. punished. nearly twice the global ships it on to V. There would be no such as quicker loading and unloading parameters such as the time taken to public sector socialism in shipping. and to suggest Port authorities fixed timelines for 12 major ports that dot India’s 7. The downstream effects have were performing far below their nificantly. It takes delivery mented by 2019. the bane of the Indian Rs 2. a available was chronically underuti­ cargo handling capacities at all ports. ting.T he Tamil Nadu Generation management systems have turned the is on mechanisation. the performance average. which benchmarked the turnaround time at port—the cy vastly reduce logistics costs. of 48 hours. is delighted with the Rajive Kumar. the utility pro­ senior TANGEDCO executive. Indian ports. thus reduc­ 30. this scheme was implement­ been tremendous. as many as 40 have recorded an average turnaround time of the coal at Paradip port. hiring US­based management consul­ ago. In these upgrades. which studies of major ports to enhance their time required to prepare a ship for its include penalties such as transport performance in terms of time and cost return journey. The recent increase receive daily performance reports Gadkari. secretary for shipping. at 15 transports coal from India’s eastern These initiatives have to be imple­ hours. mate pegs the cost of a single hour’s means that coal is loaded.200 for a cargo ship. unloaded The ministry has invested Rs delay at $1. on the western coast. An monitoring system has undergone a port. transmitting and distributing THE TURNAROUND varied from just 30 per cent at Kolkata power in India’s second most indus­ Every morning.500 crore in logistics costs for the 12 major ports were identified under shipping industry has always been ports’ clients. has praise for Union for the ports began with his ministry duced a new set of rules six months minister for shipping Nitin Gadkari. in punishments scheme for private con­ saved them Rs 100 crore in logistics early 2015. highways repeatedly. he times for coal. and transported faster. have boosted the sector. one esti­ increase in port efficiency. and this is a common story across the at the 12 major ports.” says a tional ‘best practices’. The Japanese port of demurrage). penalties imposed for by the shipping ministry under Gadkari. the HIGHEST INCREASE IN ANY TWO YEARS highest two­year increase in the major ports sector. “A change in structure by involving private play­ slashed by 40 per cent. The ministry also added a capacity of 170 million tonnes CENT BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016—THE per annum (MTPA) in 2014­16. Straddling all these changes was shipping ministry. that ran efficiently.517 areas of improvement through an opti­ the loading and unloading of goods. statutory body. over 2. beginning with his very km away. Shipping capacity surged by 25 per cent between 2014 and 2016—the highest increase in any two years for SHIPPING CAPACITY SURGED BY 25 PER the 12 major ports. for instance. the emphasis for instance. edible­ and shipping. His turnaround plan Transport Bhavan. Sig­ crore. reminiscent of the rewards and Actions taken by his ministry have tant. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 41 . km coastline. for example—have hel­ load/unload goods. show savings of around lised. tralised state. Estimates. What has been happening so line of the state’s four major thermal When Gadkari took over the twin far has been the opposite. he brought with him a first meeting with shipping officials at oil importers at Kandla. the more expensive it is. Yokohama is the world’s fastest. The longer a ship stays in merly Tuticorin) and Ennore ports. pushed infrastructure upgrades. turnaround times have been ing the cost of delays. His ministry intro­ port by volume.000 The BCG’s review found that ports on those that exceeded deadlines.

“Clients are saving huge amounts in logistical costs. This will increase the daily capacity of the port by 15. and the decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. Chidambaranar a mobile harbour crane. To resolve this. “The savings 57 -2% 40% to the national exchequer are even bigger if you add in the fuel savings of ships. Volume handled (million tonnes) This brought the annual cost down by Rs 180 crore.” adds Rajgopal Sharma.500 tonnes per day. Kandla port now plans to acquire 21 32% -117% V. The introduction of chea­ Increase in profitability (per cent) per dredging techniques is also expect­ Decrease in turnaround time (per cent) ed to reduce costs: from Rs 180 crore 42 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26.” Mitesh Dharamshi. IIT engineers carried out hydro­ logical studies to identify a new chan­ 36 -4% 8% nel that would require less dredging. to 37 13% 47% 120 tonnes. We aim at bring­ ing down the logistical costs of domestic goods through a port­led economy.” he says. or depth of water. The ministry also collaborated with IIT Madras to resolve the high cost of Kochi keeping access channels dredged. Kol­ kata Port would spend Rs 430 crore a 21 --. Coal handling capacities are set to quadruple. 2016 Graphic by RAHUL SHARMA . because the laidback Visakhapatnam culture has been replaced with result­ orientedness. 2% New Mangalore year. Ennore port’s capacity for unload­ and Haldia ing coal has also increased. touching 16 mil­ lion tonnes this year. attributes the port’s 40 per cent spike in Mumbai efficiency to the bonus and penalty sys­ 61 2% 17% tem.000 to 38.700 tonnes. which will (Tuticorin) increase handling capacity fivefold. In a similar fash­ 76 6% 31% Kolkata ion. This meant that large ships would be anchored some distance out to sea and would have their cargo unloaded Chennai Kandla onto smaller ships by floating cranes. Mormugao (Goa) Gadkari’s Officer on Special Duty.000 tonnes per day. Gadkari ordered 64 2% 2% 32 9% 13% the pioneering of transloading operati­ ons.O. Kandla port.300 tonnes to 2.000 to Paradip 8. Oil loading and unloading has increased from 6.000 tonnes. (Navi Mumbai) (Chennai) because of its low draught. has scripted the greatest Volumes and profits are up at most major Indian ports turnaround. who heads the Kandla Steamship Agents Association. Kandla. for example. on the west coast. Says Gadkari: “India had so far failed to exploit the full potential of the ports. Jawaharlal Nehru Kamarajar could not offer large ships anchorage. 50 10% 27% Innovative measures also made a difference. the foreign exchange saved. NATION PORTS THE DYNAMIC DOZEN increasing load handling capacities per hour: capacity has doubled from 1. 50 -1% -8% The smaller ships would then transport 100 7% 26% the cargo into the port. from 22.

more inclined to invest in ports of a advisor to the shipping ministry. The of India’s estimated $20 billion garment foreign ports as Indian ports lack suffi­ government is also yet to act on its 2015 exports are transported by air. The companies involved include 300 km in China and less than 100 km are for imports and exports. China has a huge compe­ titive advantage. This is where the government’s bring cargo handling back into India. This unfulfilled promise is as signi­ Sagarmala programme comes in.000 The government has sanctioned anoth­ wonder that foreign investors remain crore per year. four cient draught. is investing in hubs in south India to ministry port trusts into corporations. the belief that Indian manufacturing and the shipping ministry on account Follow the writer on Twitter @UdayMahurkar . Arun Narendranath. Small ports. THE ROAD AHEAD NEARLY 30 PER CENT OF INDIA’S $20 BILLION The government has set its sights on GARMENT EXPORTS ARE TRANSPORTED BY expanding port infrastructure to pare the cost of domestic inland trade. tisation of loss­making PSUs. In AIR. beli­ However. Its logistical costs are competitiveness can be ushered in of retrospective regulations issued by a third of India’s. Despite eves Modi and Gadkari are united in Disputes between leading investors a good start. and from Rs 130 crore to Rs 90 crore at Kochi. the government budget promise of turning the shipping times costlier than transport by sea. international players like Port Singapore in South Korea. DP World and APM terminal quences for exports. small country like Sri Lanka. there are roadblocks. Nearly 30 per cent based cargo is transshipped through belonging to Danish giant Maersk. ports are ago continue to depress investor confi­ centres is 700 km in India compared to as important for domestic trade as they dence. The Kerala government is planning the ficant as another unkept one: the priva­ The project is expected to add six new Vizhinjam Port with the Adani Group. Gadkari has a way to go. The average distance only through port­based industrialisa­ the Vajpyee administration 15 years between ports and major industrial tion. This has huge conse­ Nearly 25 per cent of India’s sea­ Authority. “Under this new vision. and cut costs by about Rs 40. Rs 110 crore at Ennore. an er port at Enayam in Tamil Nadu. FOUR TIMES COSTLIER THAN BY SEA this regard.” he says.

or ‘signals’. (FRONT ROW. Antony had Chiefs of Staff Committee. Air Chief Marshal Raha said 44 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. GENERAL DALBIR SINGH. The recommendations of the restoration of an earlier equita. he said. INDIA GATE. Department of Personnel Training the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA AND AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ARUP RAHA AT AMAR JAWAN JYOTI. LEFT TO RIGHT) MANOHAR PARRIKAR. could be addressed by a 22-member letters. ON JULY 26. In a statement of the 6th Central Pay Commission placate the services with a promise of released on the Press Information because of certain anomalies. to their or NFUs. air force sent out separate introducing non-functional upgrades. the chiefs wanted advised Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha the government to resolve four core and navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba O n September 9. who is also Chairman happened in September 2008 when his predecessor A.K. and including the Finance that would have hiked their salaries. 2016 . which would look into the pay of anomalies in the recommendations matrix for civil and military services. ble disability allowance. chose to service chiefs halted implementation attempted to do nearly a decade ago— play down the impasse. These are: dations. On September 12. headed by the Secretary of the personnel. the chiefs of issues before they could implement to implement the 7th CPC recommen- the Indian army. navy and the recommendations. Union defence On September 14. Parrikar reportedly Bureau. commission anomalies. Their grievances. 2016 SIMMERING A LOOMING CIVIL-MILITARY IMPASSE OVER THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF DISCONTENT THE SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION THREATENS TO SPARK MORE MILITARY DISGRUNTLEMENT By Sandeep Unnithan time around too. for armed forces personnel. that needed to be addressed. higher pay for Junior Commissioned Advisor to the Ministry of Defence were not being implemented because Officers (JCOs). This future redressal. panel. Air Chief Mar- This was a near repeat of what minister Manohar Parrikar did what shal Arup Raha. the grant of (DoPT). and a common pay (MoD).

explained the anomalies in the report. which has been replaced Allowance of over Rs 60. the servic- This. The armed forc- es were unhappy—and not over the modest 15 per cent hike for nearly 10 ISSUES At the heart of the current million central government employ- ees and pensioners. JCOs who led pla. ian bureaucracy behind a gradual time of going to press. of Rs 5.” a senior armed forces government official in the All-India just after the cabinet secretary and official says. Mathur. have demanded the NFU. The starkest reminder. the Siachen glacier. disabilities. Services would have to undergo. There were other issues as well. The  Military Service Pay  Common pay matrix earlier percentage based system for For Junior Commissioned Central government employees are ranked military personnel sustaining injuries Officers. service made presentations before have been gradually brought down military’ relations. An IAS Denied to armed forces personnel. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 45 .” an army officer says. The armed forces’ discontent.000.200 as MSP tunity for greater salary hikes all. same Military Service Pay brackets vants. The demand is for the restoration of an official posted in the North-East for Would allow them to draw an upper earlier. double tion. restricting oppor- a single slab system. mission recommendations. percentage based system for instance. has been pending since the 6th Pay son why the service chiefs’ signals to At the heart of the civil-mili. Commission. these four core issues.K. like the disability allowance system. Rs 5. This demand the armed services. they could persuade the government status. Justice A. their civilian counterparts ances. The armed forces still thought attempt to whittle down the military’s es had not implemented the pay com. This is one reason why the chiefs meanwhile. They the attorney general. for instance. is being amplified How. most of which 7th CPC. standoff are these They were alarmed by the fact recommendations of the SPC. THE PARITY DISPUTE Discontent over the 7th CPC recom. The military sees them at the earliest. Commission. The most glaring discrepancy was in the Special Duty Allowances given to IAS officials and paramilitary  Non-Functional Upgrade  Disability Allowance forces posted in remote areas. the three pay cells of each es say. They are presently clubbed within 40 pay scales. the have been pending since the 6th Pay conditions of service which no other three chiefs now stand at number 13. between the civilian bureaucracy and the issues and has assured to resolve room will get more disability pension the armed forces. is how the three service chiefs yet another breakdown of ‘civil. allowing them to draw higher Twitter and on Whatsapp groups have with the soldiers they led. even as observers bemoan In March. NATION PAY COMMISSION the “Raksha Mantri is seized of all civilian official slipping in his bath. “In most cases.) to reconsider the recommendations. particularly its pay and perks. VIKRAM SHARMA THE CORE mendations had been brewing since its Chairman. IAS officers currently avail of this by a slab based system that of an army officer at the toughest military posting. submitted the report to the govern- ment last November. The Services are and job security than a battle casualty the not-so-hidden hand of the civil- satisfied with the response”. (At the of the army. an allow- through the echo-chamber of social toons were being unfairly put in the ance that is usually given to civil ser- media. for all services. the armed forc. MSP amounts. IFS which the armed forces say and IPS) and the paramilitary were lower their status vis-à-vis edging past them in pay and allow. a one-size-fits. 2 before Independence. a SEPTEMBER 26. They stressed their unique From No. Both the pay even when they are not promot- attacked the government for ignoring JCO and the soldier drew identical ed in terms of rank. “We only Secretaries set up by the government lists important government function- wanted the government to address to study the recommendations of the aries according to rank and office. Defence personnel in the line of duty was replaced by together with jawans and both draw are bracketed in only 24. the synergy that a 13-member Empowered Panel of in the ‘warrant of precedence’ which runs the defence ministry. So while an All-India their people urged personnel not to be tary dispute lies a battle for parity Service officer gets nearly 90 military “swayed by hearsay or by speculative reports from any quarter”. This is one rea.200. could draw a Special Duty grade salary even when denied promo. that the All-India Services (IAS. Angry posts on Facebook.

a mili- None of their recommendations was tary campaign in which the belligerents accepted. These went unanswered. “The trend. ANTONY WITH THE THREE SERVICE CHIEFS IN SOUTH BLOCK.” says an offi.K. None of these promises was met. who agreed with the “We’ve looked at all their issues in attrition battles.” one army official says.. unfor- the decision. with over 1. and then god help our country vice chiefs.” an army official says.1 million The armed forces were bewildered. fifth and sixth pay commissions were given as to why they had ignored in 1986. armed forces officials will get less than 50 allowances. what is offered to them. Officials say the divide between the army and the IAS bureaucracy is sharp. the government just two months after Follow the writer on Twitter @SandeepUnnithan 46 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. and a cold war has aggravated DEFENCE MINISTER A. The boss. If we go. with effect from January 1. attempt to wear the other side down to lies taken note of. No explanations Source: 7th Pay Commission report fourth. Ex-servicemen have police..AS WELL AS One general sees the impasse as 5. The armed forces. great detail and given the services the grudgingly agreed to implement the appeared to have been blindsided by best deal possible. where the military chiefs regarding the four core issues. weighed in on this divide when he berated defence minister Parrikar for listening to his bureaucrats. The composition of the pay com- mission is itself evidence of their being left behind. tunately. post on September 11. pass the anomalies on to the next pay immediately dashed off individual let. There are some signs of this ran- placing them below your babus and GOVERNMENT cour returning. is for one pay commission to In late July. voiced their solidarity with the ser- have. this July. . the government first agreed to a separate military pay commission but later watered this down to adding a military representative on the 7th CPC. brought the military under its purview. “If the services are to lose their standing by 3.INCLUDING march in Chandigarh on September 1. then they show us who’s HOW MANY its September 5 announcement of ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP). nor their core anoma. the military says. The 7th CPC report was given to commission. 1996 and 2008 respectively. The ex-chief minister of Punjab. that is exactly what you will EMPLOYEES. 2016 . heading into a battle of attrition. 2008 over the past two months. come back with observations because they want us to go meet them in the office. fined within the sandstone corridors The government accepted most of the recommendations of the 7th CPC of South Block in New Delhi. Reports of the the pay commission.4 mil- lion men and women—nearly 30 per cent of government employees—has never had a representative on the pay commission. “Whatever files are sent to the bureaucrats.. were adopted only after months of such Even Parrikar.3 million CENTRAL months of bitter public wrangling. The government’s PENSIONERS (ALL TOLD) the point of collapse. 15. army veteran Captain Amarinder IN THE FRAY OROP. the armed forces’ presentations. the three service chiefs cial involved with the 7th CPC.. including street protests and relay hunger strikes by military veterans. NATION PAY COMMISSION GETTY IMAGES allowances. had been preceded by several Singh. The armed forces are unlikely to tle?” he asked in an angry Facebook come out onto the streets in protests.. This has been the statement on the matter was that it case in several pay commissions over had gone by the recommendations of the past few decades.. . Veterans have planned a with a belligerent China and Pakistan. a political promise made by the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elec- tions. ters of protest to the prime minister. In 2009..4 million Will you then lead your babus into bat. They should take recommendations. Their battle will most likely be con- DEFENCE PERSONNEL. in 1973. This has been the case since the 3rd CPC..



a remake of the Kannada with their shoes but also stories film Victory. the 25-year-old Felfie has to take a wide-angle selfie with Urban Dictionary calls it a fake selfie his GoPro camera. “I am besharam that way. SOCIETY & TRENDS I. Hence the your Dog’ contest Illustration by ANIRBAN GHOSH .” But Varghese’s feeling particularly artsy lofty photographic pursuits may suffer with the Handfie Directorate General of Civil Aviation recently announcing For every picture of clean hands it will ban selfies for both passengers and crew. giving people an opportunity Shoefie to be close to their idols and a visual memory to cher. but plywood smiled. The selfie has reached its pinnacle in pop culture. a selfie is a means to creatively hand-washing habits express themselves without any inhibitions. some have seemed bemused. child the importance of hygiene and For its champions. shared. The backlash is inevitable.” says Varghese. makers Centuryply used the term for in the over 55 pictures he now possesses. with an insatiable appetite for taking selfies. They have permeated into the pop culture: Telugu saw women not just share pictures film Selfie Raja (July 2016). featured Allari Naresh as the hero. A few flyers have or a selfie of a farmer. Varghese. They have swept aside autographs. and others. Before the flight takes off. Shoot. Oru promoted its show Ceasar to the Vadakan Selfie (A Northern Selfie). ME. will come up with another signature snapshot. “A selfie is about mastering the skill Taken when a person is either shy or of being confident and spreading smiles. sleepy. Only once pictures of people with their favourite has Varghese been threatened with eviction. Look. For many they are Rescue in India with a ‘Pose with powerful enough to bring about a change. He stayed piece of furniture on board and still got his groupie. MY SELFIE Hold phone. Clarks India’s campaign Shoe Diaries ish. and in some cases fatal | By Suhani Singh | M umbai-based emcee and new MTV VJ SELFIECTIONARY Clince Varghese won’t be too popu- lar among flight attendants. Dettol pledged to teach a though. Naresh is set Dogfie to play another selfie-obsessed character in a remake National Geographic Channel of the highest-grossing Malayalam film last year. winner of MTV’s show Great Selfie Shadow selfie Challenge last year.

the selfie’s popularity heightened only in the early 2010s with the launch of photo apps such as Instagram and Snapchat. Going to Mumbai? You haven’t until you have gone to ‘Selfie Point’ in spots such as Juhu. and the selfie phenomenon is having unhealthy effects on the youth. With the photographer also being the subject. After all. about living in the moment and seeking love and gratification. Shah recounts how at a photo exhibition of “The time gap between two selfies was 20 minutes. You’ve voted? #inkedselfie. More recently. selfies are now an essential part of our everyday being. If you are dark. an additional professor at the Department of Clinical technology. This unabashed craze to shoot self-portraits and share it with the world. is encourag- ing narcissism and eliminating privacy. the selfie brings a sense of power. too much of anything is a bad thing. she used to spend time grooming herself for the best selfie. No smartphone manufacturer would introduce a model these days that didn’t have a front-facing camera. 25 to Salman Khan’s jig to Selfie Le Le Re in Bajrangi Winner of MTV’s Great Selfie Challenge. It is build- ing an ideal self around oneself. He says: “You instantaneously see how you look. a consultant at the SHUT Clinic pictures. context. fat then thinner.” 50 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. it’s better to peddle a double-digit megapixel count and offer fancy features like editing tools that remove ‘blemishes’ to draw in more sales. a lot of it unknown to us. While phones with front-facing cameras were available as early as 2003. In fact. you can make yourself fairer. Selfie Storyteller PARTHIV SHAH who spent a chunk of the day clicking selfies and Selfies should say something about you and have some sharing them on social media. Shivaji Park and taken self-portraits against ‘I Mumbai’ backdrops. No longer a fad. “My father is a Gandhian. Lenovo roped him in to take pictures. was diagnosed with depression and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). “you can at NIMHANS. says the selfie rage can be “linked to both the develop- ment of technology as well as the emergence of the social media which has a wide reach”. Psychiatrist Avinash Desousa. Paulomi M. There’s nology addiction. Sudhir. see my face.” Gandhi he once shot a reflection of his face in one of the says Dr Manoj Kumar. You’ve worn a handcraft- ed sari? #IWearHandloom. whose research interests includes tech. describes the selfie as “undergoing photographic cosmetic surgery”. “If the comments posted about the some background and it goes beyond just a selfie” selfie were not good. Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health including selfies with its PHAB (phone plus tablet) and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. No moment is too mundane for a selfie. SOCIETY & TRENDS rise of campaigns like #selfiewithgomata to protest cow slaughter and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #SelfiewithDaughter to promote the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.” ALL BY MYSELF But. selfies are as much a means of promotion ed taking selfies before the advent of the word and front camera as they are of entertainment. Varghese says he start- Bhaijaan. why not take a selfie too? From Ellen DeGeneres’s viral Oscar 2014 selfie Selfie King CLINCE VARGHESE.” he says. if you’ve been there and done that. who is also a research associate at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital. my phone and Gandhi in the frame. 2016 . An 18-year-old girl in Bengaluru. as the dictum goes.

Japanese and Persian archive paintings to create images that give traditional artwork an amusing contempo- rary spin. Raval makes it a point to take selfies in peril in the process when she travels. Department of Psychiatry. People have died taking selfies—aboard trains. with Kim Kardashian one of its lead propaga- enth-standard students from an urban city school. revealed that 27.” it observed. SEPTEMBER 26.4 per cent of the respondents est thing to take but it has seen people put themselves in clicked more than 10 selfies a week. not officially recognised or classified ‘selfitis’ as a dis. Shoot. the tried-and-tested pout. nude selfies have begun doing Medical College in Mumbai. She cleverly inserts smartphones into Indian. “Attitudes toward emulate celebrities. One of the more as a ‘social behaviour’ which thrives on the need to first Indian research studies on selfies. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 51 . there is an increasing awareness that selfies are tion among girls.1 per cent perilous situations. to show people from a different age doing what you do every day. and loneliness and social anxiety among the youth. “A worrisome aspect is the higher body image dissatisfac- order. report. like obsessive compulsive disorder. Selfie Artist ADRITA DAS. Lokmanya Tilak Municipal while in the United States. with 69. and being one of the most influential people on social media people have put themselves in Ahmedabad. published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Hold phone. the rounds. the results have been reporting that they took selfies preferably when they tragic. but mirror. “It’s my way of saying I’m here. A selfie seems like the easi- Medicine. 24 Das is no fan of selfies. 30 Taking a selfie may seem like Raval began by taking pictures of her reflection in the the easiest thing to do. but is inspired by them. In many cases. which interviewed 252 elev. and now see this beautiful backdrop” While the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has were looking good or dressed up for a special occasion. I realised it was a remark on the selfie culture” Selfie Queen ADITI RAVAL. selfie taking in school going adolescents” came from the smile and mirror reflection selfie continues to hold sway. The tors on Instagram.000 followers on Instagram. Dr Sudhir sees it less as a creating self-esteem and body image issues as well as clinical condition. With over 200. Look. While writing the captions. “I thought it was fascinating to show a glitch in time. She says. In India.

” she says. a an Ahmedabad-based former radio jockey and current- café. “Initially. from start a selfie school and admissions would sell like hot. a fashion pho. It’s a stupid thing to do. It’s a statistic that has prompted officials at the Ministry of Tourism to ask states to identify risky spots—Mumbai alone has 16— barricade dangerous areas and install warning signs. The India Habitat Centre in Delhi recently had a workshop ‘From Self Portrait to Selfie’ in which photographer Parthiv Shah shared tips such on how to make your nose appear bet- ter and avoid distorting an image by shooting at an angle. sabko famous hona believe that there was something actually called inno. even though a dose of good can be shocking for someone who earns her bread from publicity never hurt anybody. or with Katrina Kaif. Currently. on the banks of a river. duct a ‘Selfiegraphers’ course last year at LJ College. it. However.” It’s not just people in the age group of 18 ko jagaane ki koshish bhi karti hoon main (I also try to and 25 but even older students who have sought Seth’s wake the artist in me). taking a selfie or two a day. me pictures of themselves in their mobile cameras and with Asmita Bakshi. REVELLERS FORMING A HUMAN PYRAMID USE A SELFIE STICK DURING (“We should not look at the screen but at the camera in DAHI HANDI CELEBRATIONS IN LOKHANDWALA. India ranks high on the list of countries with fatalities caused by selfies. causes as well. then so be it. “Earlier. including Bani Seth. Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “Today. she is now asked about taking innova. Agra. “It’s which she encouraged people to adopt a tree and then just like how an English professor would feel being spo. I could not with it. Sukant Deepak. MUMBAI.” And if the artist is inspired by help. the most recent being #MyBabyTree. “Many young professionals make it a point to show his own face. Tourist police officers and guides can now stop you from taking a selfie. which saw her being invited to con- baffled many. From enquiries about shutter speed. hai (Everybody craves ‘likes’. people take a picture. ON AUGUST 25 our phone. I take 30-50 selfies depending on the location. Meanwhile. Everybody wants to be vative selfies—using mirrors. and there would be a tamasha around Judgements like these do not deter Aditi Raval. he advised the newly inducted ministers to keep their vanity in check and not indulge in taking selfies at public places lest anti-social elements get them- selves photographed with the ministers and misuse the photos later.” she classes. Or people would sit and sift too behave like juveniles?” through albums. 22.”) With the convenience of a mobile phone. It’ll be a two degree difference. THE ART OF THE SELFIE With an established love-thyself attitude. Call it foresight or paranoia.” she says. ask for my opinion. But that’s not my interest. a request she doesn’t take too kindly to. whether they’re in the bathroom. in tive selfies. a photo had to be created. different lights to set the famous). there are a few MANDAR DEODHAR individuals who are cashing in on the craze.” she says. but it makes the selfie nicer. tographer based in Chandigarh who offers photography Ahmedabad. 30. sees yet more dangers of the selfie. 2016 . and while posing with a revolver.” he says. Since 2014. Something so frivolous being taken so seriously than mere self-promotion. mean people should learn to drive more carefully instead. Shah feels that photography is no longer an ‘exclusive’ artistic medium. and mobile phone companies catering to the fixation by introducing yet more capable front-facing cameras. Well. the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Raval is using her passion for good and composition.” Raval revels in the public anointed ‘selfie queen’ status The constant need to self-project and document has that she enjoys. at least 54 people have died in selfie-related accidents in India. I could ly supervising producer with Panorama Studios. there is more to it mood. aperture says. At his first cabinet meeting after the reshuf- fle in July 2016. monitor its progress every six months by taking a selfie ken to in American slang. But for Raval. “They have asked me to do it again. at the Taj Mahal. with 15 out of the 27 deaths recorded in 2015 occurring in India. SOCIETY & TRENDS atop rocks. “If I’m on travelling mode I cakes. Mona Ramavat and Rahul Noronha 52 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. selfies are now shaping public policies. what can I do when grown-ups developed and then framed. “Like ki bhookh sabko hai. “Thode andar ke artist this medium.

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New The authors appear to endorse George Tanham’s old and Delhi massed the armed forces along the borders with controversial conclusion that India has no strategic culture. where assertions often bination of state and its client terrorist groups. Perkovich and Dalton provide a force to get an adversary to do some thing. Since then. Prime Minister Prevent Cross. India. Indian decision­makers confronted this question most The book begins with a somewhat trite discussion of starkly during the 2001­02 and 2008 crises. Following Tom Schelling. In the wake of India’s strategic culture and its organisational deficiencies. In conse­ quence. Even those who dis­ convince Pakistan to clamp down on the terrorist outfits agree with them will learn much from their patient and that it has patronised for so long. New Delhi has resorted to the old playbook of calling off talks and urging Pakistan to bring the perpe­ trators to justice. they consider coercion both as The inconclusive outcome of both these approaches un­ deterrence—the threat of force to prevent an adversary derscored the need for alternatives in the event of another from doing something—and compellence. will inevitably Following the attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. there is a growing body of scholarship drawing on 54 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. the question of how the Modi government will respond to a major terror attack remains open. nating from Paki­ Not Peace? stan. Narendra Modi suc­ cessfully projected the image of a tough leader who would transform the terms on which India dealt with terrorism ema­ Not War. 2016 . or the threat of attack of this magnitude. In par­ ticular. Put simply. systematic unpacking of the options available to India. the have to do more than strengthen its homeland security. A welcome addition to the debate on India’s options and how. India can use force to co­ erce Pakistan remain unsettled. During his Motivating initial months in off­ Pakistan to ice. they argue. the old debates on whether. Indian government took a different tack: it sought to direct Coercion or the use of force to move Pakistan’s behaviour international pressure on Pakistan to force it to speedily in the desired direction remains an indispensable option. Pakistan and threatened to inflict severe punishment. & Toby Dalton OUP however. the government hasn’t had to deal with a major att­ ack on the scale of 26/11. the Indian Pages 310 government has Price Rs 695 struggled to evolve a coherent and consis­ tent policy towards Pakistan. Such sustained analysis is tough when the adversary is not a unitary actor but a com­ rare in Indian strategic discussions. LEISURE BOOKS By Srinath Raghavan Ahead of the 2014 general elections. BORDERLI To be sure. bring the organisers of the attack to justice. George Perkovich and Toby Dalton’s book is an excellent contri­ bution to these debates. the attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001. Compellence is lucid and clear­eyed appraisal of the choices open to India clearly more difficult than deterrence. In fact. masquerade as arguments and the ex cathedra pronounce­ the question is whether India can use the threat of force to ment is a favoured mode of discourse. Faced with terrorist atta­ cks. This is especially and their likely consequences. Modi seemed to Border Terrorism make good on this by George Perkovich promise.

such a strategy may actually strengthen their links. but it is un­ likely to impose significant costs on Pakistan. start analysing the range of strategic choices available to If options at the higher end of the spectrum of force seem India. The first is a ‘pro­active’ army­centric strategy that costly and risky. the authors Illustration by ANIRBAN GHOSH note that influential voices in India continue to insist on ‘surgical strikes’. There are several challenges to in the Indian system. The action was the way to go. very idea of an ‘escalatory ladder’ is an oxymoron. It is tempting. Nevertheless. Besides. The recent frisson over the prime authors spend considerable time examining the claims that minister’s statements on Balochistan has put the spotlight India needs to achieve ‘escalation dominance’: the capabil­ on this option. The ‘escalatory ladder’. SEPTEMBER 26. then it makes sense to look lower down. Bundy: surgical strikes like all surgery will be bloody. and you may lose Balochistan”. India has to consider the reputational conse­ ity difficult but also its efficacy cannot be guaranteed. Advocates of air power have for long maintained that it offers bet­ ter prospects for controlling escala­ tion than an army­centric strategy. The quences for its image as an aspirant great power. how will India respond to an inevitable Pakistani government have also made noises suggesting that covert military response and the ensuing escalation of fighting. Not only is the acquisition of such capabil­ ing. which in turn would deter Pakistan from creation of such capability is expensive and time­consum­ upping the ante. Striking targets like terrorist training camps in NE ISSUES PoK may assuage domestic opinion clamouring for revenge. but two Pakistan had to be convinced that “you can do one Mumbai questions bulk large. there is a basic conun­ drum in using air power. as Perkovich and Dalton percep­ tively observe. to look for other less risky and more effica­ cious ways of imposing costs on Pakistan. By contrast. attacking higher value targets inside Pakistan would carry the risk of collateral in dealing with Pakistan and cross-border terror damage and invite retaliatory re­ sponse. The metaphor of an escala­ tor suggests a certain inexorable qual­ ity: once you climb the escalator you can only get off at the top. Senior ministers in the Modi First. They might have invoked the observa­ archival sources that completely demolished such claims tion of Kennedy’s national security advisor. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval claimed that occupied Kashmir or other Pakistani territory. Only a couple of months before taking undertaking quick and limited incursions into Pakistan­ office. The second question is whether it is worth seizing and holding any piece of territory—not least because Indian forces will then have to confront a se­ rious insurgency launched with the aid of assorted jehadi outfits. Perkovich and Dalton come into their own when they messy and we may well have to go back for more. Instead of getting the Pakistani state to sever ties with these groups. Perkovich and Dalton are right in tamping ity to have the military upper hand at every rung of the down the enthusiasm in some quarters of New Delhi. McGeorge and shows that India was quite a normal strategic actor. therefore. threatens to strike inside Pakistan. Yet. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 55 . This strategy has been The idea of using covert action as a tit­for­tat response to considered since the crisis of 2001­02 and was once dubbed Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism appeals to many minds the ‘Cold Start’ doctrine. Our political leadership has intuitively grasped this point better than many analysts in the strategic community.

Haqqani provides an admi. Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism. Over the years. But this much is clear: the current policy 24 Getting Down think about deterrence as being based on norms and not of non-engagement After spending 11 years in jail. One 62 way EYECATCHERS of reducing such enforcement lence’. Does to a rousing on threatening to impose Manohar Lal Khattar. Then there is the question of how to can’t HARYANA wield the big stick. But neither the United States Here the larger question of whether India should en- nor China is likely to plump for the imposition of such sanc. 2016 SEPTEMBER 26. we tend to regard coercion as an India shape out Pakistani behaviour on terrorism. the face In fact. ance on terrorism. finally the norms ofhave internalised cause for worry? appropriate Cover NILANJAN byfor Centre DAS Policy Research. Patel and other Indian leaders. Thinking about it SHAHABUDDIN ducements we could offer and how to sequence them with as the use of ‘soft power’ is not only a mistake but it also threats of force and wider attempts to hold Pakistan to 32 The Don SPECIAL lends credenceREPORT to the claims that India is a ‘soft state’ that international norms. costs. This is an THEissue BIGthatSTORYOf course. Typically. 60 GLOSSARY risk of escalation) seemed to outweigh the Regional outfits up the stakes benefits accruing from Pakistani compli- This leaves us with the option of ‘non-violent compel. Not only is there much to that the statements and actions of Indian leaders from Nehru downwards do on this front. For instance. Haqqani effective deterrent to the terrorists and quotes from an internal ISI assessment in 1992. The authors also consider how Indian can use its talks at every provocation. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 91 . it is more useful to is Back prolonged period. What is the extent thing about the book cise such behaviour matter more than is the author’s of the threat determined it poses? effort to sound a reasoned increasing fines or other forms of punish- note amidst the din of competing nationalisms. While passing. CAUVERY and Hyderabad? What about his role in undermining cabinet government. The first is the hardening of Price Rs 299 readily conceding that the Pakistani establishment has India’s domestic infrastructure to thwart been paranoid about India from the outset. A BALANCED TAKE Bone of Anyone with some experience of raising 10 children will realise this point. who apparently sought nothing more than peace Pakistani state will have to think hard NATION with India. A strategy of deter- aims to “divide Pakistan on ethnic and sectarian basis” and to “involve rence based on ‘denial’ is likely to be more Pakistan army into internal security to the extent that its attention across effective than one based on the threat of the border gets divided and ultimately destroyed”. New Delhi seems to be recovering lost ground 56 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. Husain Haqqani unpicks cess of internalising norms. to its reliance on external aid. The striking attention. of the first deterrence Bihar works chief minister Nitish Kumar best Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow. Yet they should also issues that the authors only mention in the Pages 200 read him carefully on Pakistani perceptions of India. Like many liberal Pakistanis. The second point is about the need for centralising the state and relying on the military and bureaucracy? A candid 7 GLASS inducements as a complement to threats 28 HOUSE Muddy assessment of the origins of Indo-Pak rivalry must begin by acknowledging of punishment. which states that R&AW their state patrons. gage Pakistan diplomatically comes into play. a carefully thought-out Pakistani ambassador to the United States and advisor to effort to hold Pakistan to internationally his country’s prime ministers. By calling off tions. the or selective engagement will not help just interests. If terror- of paranoia and aggression. lifestyle There disease is nothing particularly claiming ing show that social campaigns to ostra- newour in his account. pulling off large-scale attacks. social expec- tations play a powerful role. -S. to Business attempt to alter the calculus of interests for the Shahenshah bail target of Siwan comes by welcome. LEISURE BOOKS INSIDE COVER STORY behaviour and these do not have to be re- HEALTH inforced by the threat or use of force. Junagadh 6 UPFRONT about their utility. accepted norms will be an important India vs Pakistan: rably balanced take on why the two countries are unable complement to any strategy entailing the Why Can’t We to bury the hatchet. then the Haqqani is soft on Jinnah. Just Be Friends? Indian readers will approve of the candour with which The book would also have benefited by Husain Haqqani he criticises the disastrous policy of supporting terrorism from a more sustained discussion of two Juggernaut adopted by successive governments. the tangled Vitaminweb of ties between D deficiency is the India and Pakistan over studies on the reduction of drunken driv- the newest past seven decades. it got entrenched. India has desisted from implementing its 53 NETFLUX coercive threats in the past is that the po- The SC order to release Cauvery waters tential cost of enforcement (owing to the to Tamil Nadu has Karnataka on a boil. he points out terrorist attacks. BJP government when the target inhas Haryana. we need to think hard about what sorts of in- needs to be explored at greater length. A former ment. Economic sanctions could hit Pakistan hard owing costs is to offer inducements to Pakistan. but it can also be the most have helped stoke this paranoia. we deprive ourselves of an ‘soft power’ assets to mobilise international opinion against important component of any strategy to coerce Pakistan. In this pro- Affliction In this short and punchy book.R. Indian policymakers punishment—if India undertakes the nec- should take note of his perceptive analysis of Pakistan’s peculiar mixture essary internal security reforms. manage domestic opinion to support such an effort over a Following Lawrence Freedman. threat or use of force. How does this square with his policies on Kashmir. ist outfits prove continuously incapable of The book is not without its blindspots. One of the reasons why Waters Jinnah’s role as much as those of Nehru. 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Cara­ van. loquacious and committed is mandated to choose one party on a ten within the last decade. still less a particular politi­ ween redressal of historical injustices or other religious conceptions of natio­ cian. while Part II is on Guha’s unapologetic liberal­demo­ Certain threads consistently weave ‘Ideologies and Intellectuals’. his implicit belief in the paid by India’s tribal peoples in our political and social debates. and must never ally themselves with a po­ larism. economists. economic growth. the book reveals an affairs a zero­sum game. majorities and cised society. 260­61). present and future—of India. the horrendous price find themselves compelled to engage in pondingly. Outlook. They. I am also uncomfortable with through affirmative inclusion and reco­ nal identity. three cli­ chés have been painfully ubiqui­ tous in commentaries on India. and nearly all of them writ­ energetic. if not impossi­ tion of Hindu fundamentalism and its minorities. To Ramachandra Guha’s credit he repeats only the third of these tired phrases in his most recent Democrats and Dissenters. for writers to escape into an utter barrenness when it comes to mat­ nent historians. the volume public intellectual. whereby one nce. one thoroughly en­ particular dispute. ters of intellect or scholarship. Audiences in places such as the India International Centre would nod sagely and smile conspiratorially as these clichés were trotted out: they were like passwords for entry into a self­anointed cogno­ scenti. LEISURE BOOKS RAM’S RAJYA Democrats and Dissenters by Ramachandra Guha Penguin Random House Pages 352 Price Rs 525 A definitive collection of Ramachandra Guha’s essays. the need to strike a balance bet­ contestations over secular versus Hindu litical party. One is a reference to US Ambass­ ador Galbraith’s rendition of us as a ‘functioning anarchy’.. Promi­ over issues of democratic freedoms and in a deeply divided and intensely politi­ nent among these are Guha’s excoria­ rights. In a contest of has a very familiar feel to it. And the third is Ram Manohar Lohia’s dis­ missal of Indira Gandhi as a goongi gudiya (or voiceless puppet). Ranging cratic credo in his own words: “We live through the various chapters. sociologi­ imaginary world of their own. Part I com­ chanted by and immersed in the lives— greater and lesser evils.. ‘Politics and Society’. there is no prises eight essays having to do with past. all mostly in the context of rendering history or politics or public gnition of merit irrespective of provena­ postcolonial India. one securely confident of its own liberal and pluralist ethos. 2016 . It is hard. his clear preference for post­1991 58 INDIA TODAY u SEPTEMBER 26. ranging from the acerbic to the genteel By Sankaran Krishna F or some decades now. need to take sides” (p. But… they virtues of an inclusive Nehruvian secu­ drive to industrial development. The Telegraph and others. and yet his book falls squarely within that particular intel­ lectual milieu. With only one (‘Eight Threats to Freedom of Expression in India’) of the 16 essays not having seen prior incarna­ tion in well­known outlets such as the Economic and Political Weekly. The Hindu. The second is economist Raj Krishna’s description of our tepid post­Independence perfor­ mance as a ‘Hindu rate of growth’. the life and work of promi­ ble. corres­ sts and authors.

a Bengali parochialism” (224­25).” Beteille (a) the rapidly growing immiserisation In one of the best essays in the vol­ is of mixed French and Bengali parent­ of India’s tribal populations who hap­ ume. marked by “personal daring. secular tolerance in India’s Constitution forgoing the agraharam altogether (d) the growing evidence of links bet­ and in the more proximate heritage and staying with a lower­caste house­ ween rampant consumerism and com­ from the nationalist movement and fig­ hold to conduct his ethnography. doctrinaire vulgar Marxists AMARTYA SEN FOR growth rates after liberalisation have who abound outside his beloved Delhi ANACHRONISTICALLY not budged India one spot in the World School of Economics.economic liberalisation over prior ethnographic field work in Thanjavur Secondly. that is perhaps true. To put it bluntly. chy. I would like to submit at least two to him out on it. the more pertinent reason we ap­ was barely old enough to run for office. On a certain definition of that kingmakers are not kings—and acknowledged that his own status as a conservatism. Guha describes the book ing to articulate the strong connections as these utterly mediocre progeny of a that emerged from the fieldwork as one between the nature of that growth and once­glorious party continue at its helm. Nadu by a DMK student leader who ern India or his view on reservations or Yet.) The by abstruse French fads such as decon­ bottom line is 25 years of high GDP struction. 198). they are quite expedient in ignor­ them further into the arms of the Mao­ He points out the dangers of such a his­ ing these taboos when presented with ists. A few wth rates. 53) in the skewed his ethnographic findings intellectual tradition in contemporary ’60s merely because of his role in bro­ about Thanjavur village society is strik­ India and blames it unequivocally on kering the succession of Lal Bahadur ing. his much­vaunted theory of pear to lack a conservative intellectual While most of Guha’s political and Sanskritisation only when the British tradition may be that our putatively normative positions are unexceptiona­ anthropologist Edmund Leach called liberal public intellectuals like Guha ble. Guha would with Beteille. 37) and a certain sort of son to neighbours like Bangladesh on bhadralok Bengali who “travels in a IN FIGURES SUCH AS yardsticks such as children’s nutrition. hand. the University of Hawaii. It is wise to remember of Guha’s heroes). Kamaraj as “the most powerful Brahmin household might have laments the absence of a conservative person in the country” (p. It is reminiscent of the sort of myo­ the Hindu Right’s lack of any pedi­ Shastri and Indira Gandhi to prime pia displayed by M. one that confines itself this particular kingmaker was bested Brahmin might have influenced his un­ exclusively to the secular versus com­ in the 1967 assembly elections in Tamil derstanding of caste society in south­ munal question. While Tamil pen to live overwhelmingly (as Guha The Argumentative Indian for anachro­ Brahmins may be insistent on rituals of himself points out) in districts that are nistically reading secularism and plura­ purity and pollution when it comes to rich in minerals now being ravaged at list tolerance in India’s ancient past and those below them in the caste hierar­ an unprecedented rate and driving in figures such as Ashoka and Akbar. Guha’s final chapter ing K.N. on the one ures such as Gandhi. Nehru and Azad. point to the West…but (whose) interest The connections between that regres­ in other parts of India is near non­exis­ sion and economic liberalisation merit M tent…. what in the economic sectors unleashed by much rather anchor his preference for would have been ‘daring’ was Beteille liberalisation. (b) the serious threat to freedom of toricist appeal as it could end up validat­ an opportunity to ingratiate themselves the press due to growing corporate in­ ing claims by the Hindu Right (or others with equals or superiors in the pecking fluence and ownership of media. Manoa SEPTEMBER 26. notably the IT industry. while Guha is clear that decades of misguided socialism that his in 1961 for his doctoral dissertation in post­1991 Indian economic liberalisa­ hero Rajaji justly dispatched as Cong­ the following manner: “He stayed in tion has been a positive force and has ress’s ‘licence­permit­quota Raj’. Guha describes the former’s normal of our middle­class habitus. a more robust inquiry. these are not inconseque­ It’s a bit strange to find Guha anoint­ how Beteille’s location within a ntial quibbles. on the other. 2016 u INDIA TODAY 59 . Guha critiques Amartya Sen in age from Chandernagore. Firstly. he seems unable or unwill­ dership and its bleak prospects as long lines later. even raising the question of In the end. (c) the for that matter) to ‘traditions’ that may order. Guha’s not an attention Guha does not provide. and the Brahmin agraharam. caste privilege quite amply provide us with one. straight line between Kolkata and some ASHOKA AND AKBAR maternal mortality and female literacy. Srinivas (another greed—or even competent—scholars ministership. in a lau­ is rarely acknowledged or explicitly datory essay on the sociologist Andre spoken of: it constitutes the invisible The author teaches political science at Beteille. modification in its wake. Bengali cosmopolitanism is also ore importantly. the first non­ resulted in sharply increased GDP gro­ his demolition of Congress’s current lea­ Brahmin ever to do so” (p. rising ‘soft’ Less prominent but equally predict­ Hindutva of our middle classes and (e) able are Guha’s drive­by shootings of the increased pace of environmental some favourite targets: assorted (but destruction (an issue on which Guha’s unnamed) scholars allegedly besotted GUHA CRITIQUES prior research was pioneering. “writers and art­ Bank’s Human Development Index and ists who are useful idiots for the Mao­ READING SECULARISM we have actually declined in compari­ ists” (p. which would have been the case overwhelmingly upper­caste presence not be quite so progressive. who begrudgingly in their midst. As always. and.

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mal or bird. Illustrated tea . hang a beautiful scarf. A unique illustrated piece can also become a talking point. evoke happy feelings and memories. Keep on dreaming about that Kerala backwater holiday? How about l THINK OF IT AS ART a cushion with a pattern that reminds Hand drawn products are art in their own you of that time. l TABLES THAT TALK Table linen and ceramics are a great way to inject personality into your home. This could mean introducing something small like a table runner. If you’re AT www. or choosing a piece with a delicate mono- chrome or single colour illustration that adds a subtle touch of character. inspired by nature from Airphish hesitant or prefer a more paired down aesthetic. intriguing guests to learn more about its story. Be innovative. l STATEMENT FURNITURE Iqrup + Ritz If you’re feeling bold. You’ll find a wonderful selection of illus- trated tableware available and it’s easy to change your table settings to suit your mood. Yes. don’t rush to get your home ‘done’.HOME decor Perch plates. bowl and mug. and drab room with a new lease of life. Lastly. consider a state- l CHOOSE PIECES THAT ment piece of furniture. to makeover a dull illustrated with your favourite plant. overload of colour and pattern. my recommendation is to start simple. the basics can be in place but l START SIMPLE take time to find and invest in pieces that Illustrated homeware doesn't mean an you love and that have special meaning. Even the smallest things can towels can be framed and hung. Illustrated pieces ware into your home for a more personal of furniture from approach to decorating. ani. A chair uphol- SPEAK TO YOU stered in a distinctive illustrated fabric Love nature? Why not look for a bedspread can be all you need.safomasi. that you love and that connect with you quilt or rug on the wall. Always choose pieces right.

Easy to clean. HOME products Quirk Works Wonderful yet wacky. PRICE on request AT Rear Find The Bummy Suite. September 2016 . PRICE on request AT www.designs 10 India Today PRICE `599 Foam Fixation AT www. a set of four multicoloured ceramic coasters with inlay from Amalgam serve a dual purpose. they prevent your table from being destroyed and add a bright and colourful element in the Though it looks like a bag.facebook. offbeat Glass Art Beer bottle spiral key hanger from Kavi The PoetryArt Project is made by upcycling pieces you can only find online a glass beer bottle with acrylic art work and wood and iron pegs. this waterproof seat comes in all colours. this one called Take a Seat from Sixinch design is a portable foam seat. sizes and finishes.

PRICE `499 AT www.h2hshop. features a kiln fired ceramic dock and phone slot that uses an eco-friendly speaker system based on physics to amplify the Shake it Up Designed to resemble glass bulbs hanging from a height this Street Light salt and pepper shaker is from Poppadum Art. PRICE `1. this visiting card holder from India Circus with an owl print. inspired by September 2016. AT www. IndiaToday HOME 11 .www.750 AT www.200. PRICE `6. success- fully marries pop art and This is Sound Advice The Horn OK Please sound dock from HIIH. handcrafted in India. What a Hoot Titled Disco Hedwig.

500 AT www. use this piece of furniture to stack. PRICE `21.250 AT www. It is made from plywood and veneer. it will generate a shimmer in the dark. September 2016 . This modern timepiece is made from resin with a layer of fluorescent whitening agent. like the moon is accompanying the nocturnal animal.houseofthings. Exposed to day light.worldartcommunity.999 AT www. HOME products Off the Shelf Titled London Phone Booth Rack from Square Barrel. PRICE ` Animal Attraction Take a walk on the wild side with this Moon X Clock Cat. stash and store your favourite books.eazelly. PRICE ` If the Shoe Fits The Kapashi Kolhapuri Shoe Rack from World Art Community takes an iconic Indian fashion accessory and gives a stylish flourish to a shoe 12 India Today HOME.

gun) available at Light Art It may look like an old pipe meant for plumbers to work on. PRICE `2. but this gold Gun Down Display your favourite bubbly in this steel and brass wall light Rodeo Stick Bottle Holder (shaped like a can brighten any room. you can rent the furniture. HOME products The Floor is Yours The hue-heavy Hangout Den by Furlenco com- prises two large foam mattress pads and pillows with a fitted sheet that you can sleep in.599 per month AT . PRICE `1. But what truly sets it apart is that instead of buying this set. the bottom of the holder has a AT velvet lining. Made from PRICE `6.975 resin.styletag.furlenco. a laptop table and a storage box. AT www. a single floor sofa for lounging.990.


Presto Velvet Feel Beige Curtains. take a tip or two from this set up by TURN TO BRIGHT HUES FOR A CASUAL LOOK Family rooms are the toughest to design.fabfurnish. `4. LightenUP Classic Tripod Lamp.850 each. fresh greens and pristine whites coupled with natural light create the right vibe. `26. a round table in wood and glass. Ottoman.375. But don't fret yet. July 2016.784.200. www. an arresting floor lamp and wooden side tables make the room look bright and inviting. `16.599. HomeTown Opulence Three Seater Sofa.999. The couch and ac- cent chair in reverse colour coordinates. HomeTown Sirus Coffee Table. All products from FabFurnish. a pair of upholstered ottomans on a patterned rug. `6. HomeTown Opulence Single Seater Sofa. `1.145. IndiaToday HOME 27 . FABULIV Galvin Aqua Table Lamp. `2. `62. Vibrant teal.

while the Caitlyn Armchair in a dark brown leather is inspired by American TV personality and olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner. All products from Iqrup + Ritz. ` Betty Sofa. The centre of attraction is the Betty Sofa that borrows its slim legs and buttoning detail from the1950s. `7.975. The Braque side table is inspired by cubist artist Georges Braque.795.975. SOBER PALETTE WORKS BEST FOR FORMAL SPACES The aesthetics of the brand.iqrupandritz. `2. `69. `1. A SUBTLE. Elements Plain Velvet Cushion. Caitlyn Armchair.975. Ionian Cushion. Ionian cushiom embroidered with an ari stich and the velvet Elements plain cushion enhance the look.10 lakh. Iqrup + Ritz is “lived-in contemporary”. September 2016 . Something you can easily see in this formal living room setting. Photograph by M ZHAZO 16 India Today HOME. HOME shoot www. Baraque Side Table. Shades of grey and a minimal outlook lends sophistication to the room.

HOME shoot www. `51. `2. Sideboard. `1. bench and chairs the centrepiece. around which the decor of the room revolves. `82. the dining is the heart.06 lakh.999. All products are from Photograph by DANESH JASSAWALA . `699 to `2. tealight WOOD RULES IN THE DINING ROOM If the living room is the show window of a home.999.699. Display Unit. The matching sideboard and display unit. tealight holders. Dining table. Showpieces. which is why one should design this space with care.100. In this set up Pepperfry has made the six-seater acacia (wood) finish table. Porcelain 33-piece Dinner Set. chairs and bench.pepperfry. Wine Glasses (set of six).190. ceramic jars and special pieces are offset by the large colourful artwork. porcelain 33-piece dinner set. `11. wine glasses. `599 to `1.

What are the common uses of foam? As a mattress. 18 India Today HOME. pillows. In short. chairs and loungers for offices. So in 2003 he and Pieter Jamart started Sixinch Design. September 2016 . Sixinch Design to India By RIDHI KALE Foam and metal are used to create this lounge chair called Wiggleworm T his will certainly have you foaming in the mouth. and even the study. foam is as commonplace as it gets. Belgium- based Michel Sels saw a fabric that had the potential to change the way we look at furniture. display models and sound proofing. HOME profile INCH BY INCH Using humble foam to create flexible and customisable sculptural furniture pieces. case padding. chair cushions. motorcycle seats. Where most of us saw a mundane material. Today they make sofas. living rooms. Belgium-based Michel Sels has brought his innovative company.

“The sky’s the limit." Another benefit is that the products come we are only bound by our imagination. “It takes two furniture. in many colours and are completely recyclable. support to various parts of the user’s body. The brand name says it all.” says Sels. “The entire 150mm area between one's eardrums is believed to process is done by hand. retail. giving each piece a unique be the space where creativity lies. adding.” says Sels. and second. merging innovative materials and This means that you can customise a piece to suit any progressive designs to create both indoor and outdoor shape or size that catches your fancy. The company ensures UNDERSTANDING THE TECH that furniture is padded with high density foam where The products are made by applying a unique flexible cushioning is required. All these create smooth and . residential. ity. comfort is king. At Sixinch. comfortable. making the user relax to a greater degree. The No wonder then that Sixinch products can be used result? A typical lounging chair is suddenly infused for commercial. One ly. crafting them unique flexible coating. It all starts was that of combining aesthetics and functional. outlook. hotel and other with a flexibility that is designed to provide rest and infinite possibilities across indoor and outdoor spaces. HOME profile This foam indoor bench is titled Cliffy Michel Sels holding a foam model THE CREATIVE CONNECT into pieces that are both creative and more important- Sixinch was founded keeping two ideas in mind. then sprayed directly with a coating to high-density pieces of foam. with a block of foam which is cut in the desired shape. The six-inch or days to make a piece.

Namrata Seth and Gagan Deep Bhatia. side table and product). with the product. THE INDIAN CONNECTION Sels takes pride in the fact that people first get startled Sels has entered the Indian market in partnership and then turn into loyal customers. when they see as Sixinch India. bought the products for their personal use. when we Shahid Kapoor and Imran khan. she again asked to see the product. foam being used to create bespoke pieces. so it is difficult to judge EARLY DAYS how we will fare. have already told her this is it. she was taken aback.000 per sq meter (customised touch. However. September 2016 . The first prod. At www. a franchise owned by directors. “We took it to a potential customer and says Sels." written on it. HOME profile Shaped like puzzle pieces these foam poufs looks spectacular seamless pieces using the consistency of one material. how it could be used as a 20 India Today HOME. Maybe they can take some of uct that he ever retailed was a foam box with fragile iconic Indian pieces and try to put a Sixinch twist. Japan and the US to Philippines and with Indian designers and see what they can do India. it wasn’t always smooth sailing. once she saw how strong it was. yet soft to Price `8.000 onwards (retail piece) occasional furniture.sixinchindia. We placed it on unit in the country and says Bollywood stars like the table. he has already set up a production she asked us to show her the product. she fell in love with it. `12. But we intend to constantly work While Sel’s foam beauties have found many takers with architects and designers. we can do a tie-up from Belgium.” recalls Sels.000 to `20. “Since we are just entering the market.


vintage enthusiast Paris-based Lionel Obadia found himself looking for an Eames chair. On the site you can find pieces from leading 20th century designers such as Charles Eames. He was trying his luck online. September 2016 . Design Market—an online marketplace that gathers vintage design pieces from galleries across the world—was born. this year it made its worldwide debut. A 1958. Launched in 2014 for the European market. Pierre Guariche and Jean Prouvé. Hans Wegner. HOME international design O ne day. Charlotte Perriand. He ended up spending two hours browsing through scores of websites and each time he found something he liked. or if the vendor could be trusted. Eero Saarinen. Le Corbusier. lamp by to name a few. where I could purchase these rare pieces in a fully secure environment?" And so. The best part? The site features Poul Henningsen over 8.000 pieces of vintage furniture from 300 David Mimouni and Lionel Obadia LET VINTAGE WOW YOU Those looking for old world charm can turn to online mid-century French furniture specialist Design Market that has gone global with a new international website By RIDHI KALE 22 India Today HOME. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a website that gathers all these spe- cialist dealers in one place. Arti. he was dogged with doubts about whether the piece was authentic. Arne Jacobsen. a popular design in the 50s. choke hanging Marco Zanuso. That’s when he thought.

when the shipping and expert authentication for this level of duo met. As for Mimouni. they decided to start their own venture. you need specialised services such as white glove panies in France. is not compatible with generic listings websites “I have a Master’s degree in business and professional like eBay. KNOW THE FOUNDERS Design Market was founded by the dynamic duo. the same levels of authen- tication assurances remain. Vintage ‘LC4’ chaise longue HOW DOES IT WORK? PRICE €100 to €20. Canal+ purchase of rare (and sometimes expensive) pieces and Mercedes-Benz. each piece is categorised by function and is the subject of a detailed Le Corbusier pieces and the website provides a vast range of products (this is searchable by colour. presenting a novel way of world. “We believe that work experience as a sales director for different com.” Start browsing today. with era.” says Obadia.” Passionate about design. producer and designer. LOOK OUT FOR Lionel Obadia and David Mimouni. A team of expert moderators diligently assess and monitor the condition and origin of each piece and have the final say on the quoted price. “After studying Browsing through their listings is like jumping engineering at the University of Versailles. “We believe that the international companies including Orange.000 (`7487 to `14. iconic design. though middle-man gallery fees are cut.98 lakh) designed by Design Market specialises in mid-century modern AT www. room and style). “Our aim is to become the world’s number one reliably buying luxury. purchase.” says Obadia.” says Obadia adding. Karate Armchair by Michel Cadestin from the 70s (left). What's more. Further. vintage rattan chairs (above) worldwide condition. reference for curated vintage design furniture. my career between a treasure chest filled with second-hand includes 15 years in technological innovation for goodies and a design museum. with thousands of dealers worldwide. The pieces purchased can be delivered to anywhere in the June 2014. IndiaToday HOME 02 .

By RIDHI KALE The colour-filled den with the ceiling and columns clad with smoked mirrors 24 India Today HOME. it spells luxury. reD Architects use the extra leeway to dazzle and delight. September 2016 . ROOM TO GROW What happens when you merge four apartments into one? In space starved Mumbai.

Ekta Parekh.HOME interiors Architects Rajiv Parekh. it is an ode to modern design.” says Ekta the lead architect for the project. fusing four apartments to create a 12. IndiaToday HOME 25 .000 sq ft home in Deonar. Their brief to us was to have a luxurious home where they could entertain different groups of friends and business associates. But then turning a challenging space into a work of art is what Mumbai-based reD Architects. They also wanted their individual rooms to be tailored to their needs. who not only met the brief in the visual context but also in terms of space planning. “The clients. are world travellers and are owners of the duty free business at a national and international level. sleek in appeal and customised to suit every family member's needs.000 sq ft living room is divided into two sections with a large smoked mirror column to accommodate September 2016. was not an easy feat. Apoorva Shroff and Maithilli Raut. comprising architects Rajiv Parekh. FOLLOWING THE BRIEF Designing for a globe trotter can be both a tricky and an exciting thing. Ekta Parekh. Mumbai. THE COMPLEXITY OF THE LAYOUT “The lower floor houses the public spaces—the 2. are known for. Apoorva Shroff and Maithilli Raut T hough it took just a year to complete. A hue-haven. a family of four. On one hand the client is exposed to many design sensibilities and therefore open to ideas. on the hand their exacting standards can test any architect’s skill.

There is also a common family space. ality of these spaces once the work was completed. August 2016 .” adds Ekta. while the other side houses the dining space. seating. HOME interiors bigger and smaller seating areas. made to appear float- ing on sculptural brass legs (left). while room with a section for playing pool and gaming. “There were certain areas where A heavy marble dining table top. guest rooms with attached baths and small outdoor sorting out the plumbing was one of the biggest chal- decks. “The still ensuring that the waterproofing stayed intact and upper floor houses the private spaces of the home. for living room is the bar and an intimate low height intimate gatherings. “Bathrooms had to be made in dry areas. On one side of the bathrooms.” says Ekta. adding. TAKING CHALLENGES HEAD ON Walk past the dining and you will find two spacious Given that four apartments were integrated into one. walk in wardrobe and says Ekta. On the other side of the bar is the home theatre lenges. lounge area of one of the bedroom suites (above) 40 India Today HOME. The kitchen is attached to the dining room. The the end user would have no problem in the function- three bedrooms are developed like individual suites.” with their own lounge areas.

set against an exposed cork finished wall. Large sliding insulated wooden doors close off this room when the music is pumped up.” HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HOME “We had to make each of these spaces to the right scale. "This space was a treat to design in terms metallic accents of planning. concealed wiring and ducting for the air conditioners camouflaged with wooden members and full height storage cabinets were planned. to ensure that spaces did not look stunted or out of place. August 2016 . further highlighted it. The bar is a large U-shaped structure. that add drama Clearly. Master bedroom with an Ethan Allen bed and matching wall panelling the ceiling heights were reduced in the apartment to account for electrical and plumbing—in these spaces clever use of mirrors on the ceiling.” says Ekta. textures and colours. The ceiling height was already low." adds Ekta. “The bar and lounge form a unique feature in the house and were a lot of fun to plan. which is a combination of blue and brown cement. 42 India Today HOME. The seating in this zone was placed on a raised wooden platform and low- ered in height with floor cushions in vibrant colours. so that they rest of the house is Powder room with not disturbed. cladding it with wood.” says Ekta. ideal for the acoustic requirements of the space. so that they didn’t seem too large and empty or too over-designed and therefore cramped. materials. This is set against a very neutral palate of wood panelled walls. A good example is the custom made cement floor in the den. the apartment is a feast for all the senses.

Meeta Gutgutia of Ferns N Petals lists five floral arrangement trends for the season. a console can add twigs. they are just let your mood and the aesthetics of guidelines. Like fashion. Also. September 2016 . Time to get creative. especially when it's never just about the flowers. Daisies with jute and plant roots wrapped around them O ne should never underestimate the room dictate the coming together the power of a beautifully set of the arrangement. plastic. do not confuse these trends Ferns N Petals plague the mind. However. ceramic. remember. 28 India Today HOME. After all. floral The problem comes when people don't art too has seasonal trends and fads know which direction to tread and that help ensure that your interiors MEETA GUTGUTIA questions like. you placed on the dining table. it stoneware and other accessories to forms a major part of the interiors. Director & Creative Head and over the top or simple and elegant. floral piece. or even the side table. with commandments. should it be extravagant look chic and stylish all year round. enhance the look. The answer is simple. glass. HOME trends A FLORAL ODYSSEY Blooms can make your interiors look fresh and bright.

remember that there is a particular colour palette for every season and these colours can take a larger part OPT FOR ONE FLOWER in the décor as it provides a definite base for all the Another popular trend this season is to stick with colours to fall in place. When put together these arrange. The colour scheme with hot pink tulips. greenery to break away from the colour play and or seasonal fresh and dried flowers. To begin with. crimson lilies ments are perfect as centrepieces. ensure after trend by florists the world over. Flowers cymbidium and baby’s breath placed in test tubes and decorated with noodle sticks . or even yellow chrysanthe- forms a big part of the arrangement. HOME trends WALK ON THE WILD SIDE conflict with one another. One can even opt for an asymmetrical contrasting colours. The trick here is to Nature's seasonal. mum with blue petunias can look heavenly. Look for locally printed pot or a pastel coloured vase). wild and untamed beauty can be use the two shades in such a way that what once captured by foraging. but with hues that are in arrangement to give it a contemporary vibe. Purple orchids with red roses. the with varying pink shades of chrysanthemum. use grown and available materials like the twig of a tree. It helps make the the vestibule. Arrange them creatively and one type of flower in different shades. We are not just talking about the edges. pretty leaves from infuse the arrangement with a fresh and modern annual shrubs. When in doubt. varying shades of carnations can work out well against the plain walls to balance the space. this is the most sought clashed now complements. In fact. For example you will have a conversation starter in your hands. pot or vase is subtle (go for a lightly arrangement look fresh and topical. feel. second trend is all about tapping into this to make going from darker in the centre to lighter towards a striking statement. Next. You WHEN BOLD BECOMES BEAUTIFUL can even give your arrangement an ombre effect Colours that clash with a vibrant vengeance.

However. This is a rookie mistake.fnp. greens also add a sense of roses. is to remember to have fun. This looks especially nice when placed on a white freshness and brightens the room. mokara orchid and roses in a glass goblet. for weddings mango leaves find a prominent place Soft pink lilies can be complemented with bright yellow next to marigolds. however. tip. Clockwise from top left: Alstroemeria in a glass 30 India Today HOME. they enhance the charm of an arrangement top of a vivid runner or table cloth. traditionally. The most important by balancing the colour of the flowers. carnations and roses are vivid options that get When creating a floral arrangement people tend to included in the interiors as the traditional favourites. and sweet Williams in tea cups CLASSIC CAN BE COOL TURN OVER A NEW LEAF Lilies. Further. keep- more creative with add-ons like vases. pots. Another way to go is to place the arrangement on tantly. one can give it an interesting spin by getting The greens demand equal attention. September 2016 . So for example if you small foliage to a pot is very popular globally. baskets and bowls. in fact. hand-woven ing the leaves of flowers in a vase or adding big and baskets. focus only on the flowers. Even have roses in soft colours. but more impor- table. pleted with a complementing brighter shade tea cup. the arrangement can be com. AT www. if you think of it in an Indian context.

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250 AT www. warm and ambient water dispensing. the lid doubles up as a serving 32 India Today HOME. PRICE ` ➜ POP GOES CORN Making popcorn just got eas- ier. A closer look at the latest devices for your home. FIVE Whether you are a gadgets veteran or a gizmo newbie. i-taste is an eight stage water purifier that provides hot. Equipped with a unique anti-oxidant and mineraliser cartridge. It also auto communicates with the Livpure service center.ttkprestige. That's not all.999 AT www. facilitating proactive preventive maintenance/filter replacement on time as required. The RO can be controlled by your smartphone via an android app.livpure. By RIDHI KALE ➜ PURIFICATION BECOMES SMARTER Livpure's latest launch i-taste. September 2016 . PRICE `2. The new Popcorn Maker from TTK Prestige comes with a non-stick frying bowl and rotating arms that pop corn evenly. technology has percolated into all aspects of our life. is a WiFi enabled water purifier.

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is a beautiful sight dark to cotton accessories that can Another Bollywood favourite. FASHION designs take inspiration from brightly coloured lanterns say Anavila MisraÔ hello from the newly blossomed Working only with the finest linen. shopping districts shimmer shararas and anarkalis. Diwali has over the dresses too. But apart from being the fes. Fashionistas like buildings alike. trousers and tival of lights. Sonam Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut appreciate her work T he four-day festival. during the festive season as help farmers in Wardha—here’s Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s a gifting guide that can help you Diffusion Label ASAL has launched well as the weeks that lead navigate the city’s most interesting its first ever Festival Collection up to it. which as much as traditionalists like will be celebrated at the Shabana Azmi or Deepti Naval. is joined by caftans. The city has no dearth of Near Madhu Park. 11th Road. At end of October this year. the options. The with twinkling fairy lights. years also picked up the tradition AT Dhairya Apartments. PRICE Rs 15. FOOD. HOME DÉCOR AND MORE n By MOEENA HALIM Mumbai. Her minimalist window grills across chawls designs have won several fans as well as high-rise apartment in tinseltown. lehengas. Anavila Misra believes stalls in bazaars and sway in strongly in letting the fabric the wind that blows through speak for itself. HERE ARE SOME GIFTING IDEAS FOR YOU FROM ACROSS FASHION. Come twilight. (for saris) s-4 SIMPLY MUMBAI u SEPTEMBER 2016 . Khar (West) great gifting options. From Anavila TEL 9820814910 Misra’s stark linen style to the luxu. which includes saris.500 onwards rious gemstones of the Kothari’s.SIMPLY MUMBAI Cover Story Gifting The G U I D E DIWALI MAY BE KNOWN AS THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS BUT THE FOUR DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS HAVE BECOME JUST AS POPULAR AS THE TIME FOR GIVING. the city that never from cupcakes that glow in the Abu SandeepÔ sleeps. her newly launched flagship store. illuminates the city like no her collection of saris and stoles other. of giving.


Photograph by DANESH JASSAWALA Model: POULAMI DAS (TOABH MANAGEMENT) Designer and stylist: ANAVILA MISRA Jewellery: AMRAPALI Hair and make-up: NEHA LOGANI Art direction: RUCHI KOTHARI Location courtesy: ANAVILA MISRA Model Poulami Das wearing an Anavila Misra outfit .

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For government that we can achieve anything. They WITH A DIFFICULT But the first time I went to clean up the wanted to set up a meeting with me. Those initial months. I began approaching people on confrontation.7 million kg of plastic. We remnants of their plastics on the beach. shore. I surveyed the entire stretch from with the corporators and the BMC workers Sagar Kutir building in Versova till the jetty and are constantly in touch. but my fight will continue till APPROACH THE tions were always “It’s not our job. frazzled by this. But the first time I stepped onto the from door-to-door to ask for support and beach for a morning walk. unteers have the same complaint. I decided. Soon after. nity for us. AND IF IT COMES called our local corporator Bharti Lavekar and if it comes to it I am willing to take the TO IT I AM WILL. We may not have We’re dealing with a difficult situation TENNIS WITH THE achieved much. I also know that one has to take up these challenges. That is actually an opportu- teers every weekend afternoon. the BMC ocean lover and the sight was so disturbing has been co-operative. She agreed to send me four the moment. I look like for 47 weeks and clearing out more than I’ve got rheumatoid arthritis. plastic manufacturer a few weeks ago. There’s the initiative will always have to come from no other way to get rid of decades of plastic the citizens. 47 weeks ago. done. beach and the sea view was beauti. I am willing to GOVERNMENT. legal route and approach the judiciary. I literally went ful. It can never be not let the ocean die this way. the layers going 70 and because we have been offering solu- down as deep as two to three feet. In August. they’re now picked up two bags full of plastic from pulling up their socks. lawyer Afroz Shah talks about the importance of citizen initiative and co-operation from the BMC I moved to Versova in October last year. UN’s Patron of Oceans Lewis Pugh joined I realised we were making a real impact WE’RE DEALING us in our campaign and it has fuelled even when I received a message from an all-India more curiosity and action from the citizens. For ING TO TAKE THE ers to help us. I’m an tions and not merely complaining. At that moment. This TO STOP. charge and work hand-in-hand with the The ocean is very intelligent. no matter what.SIMPLY MUMBAI Essay ‘IT HAS TO BE BY THE PEOPLE’ Cleaning Versova beach every weekend for the past 47 weeks. but it was cathartic and at but we’re not going to stop. the patches we clean remain that We citizens believe our work is done after way but every three months or so. I play this table tennis with the government.. I decided It isn’t about using massive technol- something had to be done and I would have ogy. THIS TABLE across two kilometres. But we need to remember not to get Versova beach is now packed with volun. I AM bought ourselves a pair of surgical gloves. could lead to serious consequences under WILLING TO PLAY rolled up our sleeves and over two hours. I now have a blue. but some- print for the BMC to follow. amount of garbage gets thrown back to the ticipatory democracy.” or “It is the beaches and the ocean is cleaned. Pulling out or what the solution was. A lot of the vol- 2. we are now friends Later. The sand was barely visible.. it’s a simple solution and involves little to be the one to do it. The didn’t know what was causing the pollution physical work is back-breaking. ney will end. I was accompanied know why until I realised that we had found WE’RE NOT GOING only by 84-year-old Harbansh Mathur. a huge we’ve cast our vote. months. I wanted to see this to a My new apartment was right on the logical end. By working hand-in- AFROZ SHAH that I broke down right there on the beach. After consistently plastic buried deep in the sand has caused a organising beach clean-ups every weekend permanent swelling in my hands. rude shock. the law and thanks to our work. least a start had been made. I other than consistency and dedication. I was in for a that’s how our group of volunteers grew. n As told to Moeena Halim s-10 SIMPLY MUMBAI u SEPTEMBER 2016 .” That was my tipping point. I don’t know where this jour- LEGAL ROUTE AND the beach to help us out and initial reac. It is only when the citizens take accumulation. we are working well without workers. and asked her to send some BMC work. impossible to clean this up. but this has to be a par. I didn’t SITUATION BUT beach. I will JUDICIARY. hand over the past year. Soon our group of seven people turned into plastic covered every inch. and it was an unimaginable sight.

You went from maths to music—sounds unusual. In Tokens & Charms was very well received. Q. then Prateek Kuhad Baar Baar Dekho’s mellow number Kho Gaye Hum Kahan will immediately strike you as a Kuhad song. Going from studying maths and economics at New York University.Probably not! I actually really enjoy .m. I’m working on new songs. as always. in the mat- ter of only a few years. I don’t think they were good at all! out next year. but usually when PART OF THE REASON and tune. Q. It happens very naturally. ‘good’ I ACTUALLY REALLY and ‘great’ are merely words. A. or I’ll TO MAKE THE CALL just write something in either language TO DROP IT. Was picking one over the other an agonising decision? A. ENJOY MATHS. And to get to that. managed to carve a niche for himself in the Indie space but is now finding a spot in the mainstream too.SIMPLY MUMBAI Feature Music and Lyrics DELHI-BASED INDIE FAVOURITE PRATEEK KUHAD. calls for Hindi or English words. got a bit of an audience. a great song needs to a conscious decision. explain. I start writing a song. Kanye West. WASN’T TOUGH A. Do you remember the first song but nothing has materialised into an album you wrote? as of now. Anderson Paak. What according to you makes a good no. but never got released. A lot of my Bhabha Hall on September 24. 8 p. Chance The Rapper. Such things are not really simple to musician. It was called CATCH Prateek Kuhad live at Sophia ‘Sleepless all the time’. James Blake. The singer-songwriter speaks to Simply Mumbai just ahead of his live performance in the city with Nikhil Vasudevan on drums and Dhruv Bhola on guitar. I know quite early I DECIDED TO STUDY on whether it’s going to be in English AT NYU. FOR I Q. friends and family liked it. Kuhad has. The either I’ll just get a feeling that the tune Lumineers. album In Tokens and Charms. IS PERFORMING LIVE IN THE CITY I f you’re familiar with Prateek Kuhad’s Raat Raazi or his debut Singer-songwriter. it wasn’t really tough to make the song great? call to drop it. not conscious decision? necessarily good or bad. very instinctively and go from there. You write in both English and Hindi.When I’m writing for myself it’s never SUBJECT IN HIGH at least in my opinion. I want to try and put something A. BUT IT Q. but can’t promise anything One of the earlier songs that I wrote at this point. bass and keys. of any sort really. NOW INCHING HIS WAY INTO BOLLYWOOD. ALWAYS WANTED TO When do you think the next album will be out? BE A MUSICIAN. What’s on your playlist? or in Hindi. But Q. I wouldn’t say it SCHOOL AND A BIG have the perfect marriage of words depends on my mood. To me a great Q. in some sense. it was my favorite subject in high school and a big part of the rea- son I decided to study at NYU. TICKETS insider. Art is such a subjective form. IT song is something that leaves you with a Does it depend on your mood or is it a WAS MY FAVORITE very strong feeling. I always wanted to be a A. A.

Ground Floor. The Alchemy Life. but also as a recovery tool to relieve a well-known mental institution in therapy. Building. director. Neville Wadia. the therapy cannot be used the chamber at all times. Athletes use the grammes including altitude therapy.SIMPLY MUMBAI Feature Cyrotherapy chamber at The TAKING Alchemy Life A CHILL PILL QUITE LITERALLY. Spinning round slowly within the PRICE Rs 3. physiotherapy and his home). Extremely popu. “This is what frost bite or another cold-related makes us believe that people suffer- also as a recovery injury and so I am careful about ing from depression might benefit following Wadia’s instructions. independently.” he says. ensuring whose metabolic rate isn’t going up. metabolic rate and make their exer.” says Wadia.” is believed to aid the loss of 800 about this theory and they’re excited. “Initially. has been in talks with ments recognise the benefits of cryo. Marine The therapy has been around for cise more effective. but Wadia does not sug. IN MUMBAI’S FIRST AND ONLY CRYOTHERAPY CHAMBER AT THE ALCHEMY LIFE ON MARINE DRIVE n By MOEENA HALIM B ehind the magnetic door of the surprisingly compact cryotherapy chamber. “It could perhaps help people case. by patients suffering from arthritis several other health and fitness pro- lar with footballers across the world or multiple sclerosis. My legs are protected by thick socks calories. Parijat protected from the cold. But even in this head and hands are sticking out of tool. (Cristiano Ronaldo has the facility in therapy for two purposes—to reformer pilates. stimulate the body before exercise massages. Mumbai about the benefits of cryo- body but it doesn’t take long for your One session of cryotherapy therapy. “Do you feel invigorated?” asks session. which has versial as it seems. it’s a shock to your pain or inflammation. “The doctors are convinced body to adjust to the temperatures. that these more sensitive areas are Cryotherapy would stimulate their AT The Alchemy Life. The three minutes I’m purposes—to Wadia. tool to relieve pain from this therapy too. Handing me a pair of thick socks and a toweling coat. Drive. the air has been brought down to a chill- ing -130 degrees. because my body supposed to spend in the sub. We’re figuring out a way to work that reach up to my knees and my gest the therapy as a weight loss together. stimulate the body has been releasing endorphins while freezing levels are enough to cause before exercise but I was in the chamber. 95G Road over 30 years in Europe and Japan. The Alchemy Photograph by DANESH JASSAWALA Life. Indeed I do. But cryotherapy isn’t as contro. cryotherapy s-12 SIMPLY MUMBAI u SEPTEMBER 2016 .000 for one session of where it has been used extensively chamber to keep my blood flowing. a cross between a space ship and a stand-alone shower room. several European govern.” he adds. asks me to ensure I pat myself completely dry while I change and Athletes use the the therapy is over before I know gear up for the novel therapy therapy for two it.

using only her hands to create a riot of colours on her 3 ON STAGE canvases. Her exhibition titled ‘Flow Dreams’ has been appreciated by critics and art lovers the world over and September 16 to 18 Malhotra believes her “abstract and little ahead of their The Park’s New Festival is back with three interesting performances— times” artwork will find appreciation in the city too. Dr Annie and Lelo Nika’s music. Madhuli. ON September 23 AT Bandra Fort TIME 9.m. Malhotra avoids brushes. Besant Road. is taking guided tours around Bandra to draw attention to its hidden treasures. Worli TIME 11 a. REGISTER AT . to 7 p.30 1 A RIOT OF COLOURS October 1 to 23 Documentary filmmaker and photographer Anu Malhotra is showcasing her paintings for the first time in Mumbai.SIMPLY MUMBAI Buzz 3ÔTHINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO 2 A WALK IN BANDRA Architect David Cardozes. AT NCPA.m.m. Bandra was originally a tiny fishing village captured by the Portuguese in 1534. Surjit Nongmeikpam’s contemporary dance. and Yuki Elias’s Elephant in The Room. G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture. Shashank Subramanyam AT Art and Soul. TIME 7 p. knives or other painting tools.m. 1. in association with Alliance Francaise de Bombay. TEL 24965798 Sitara Studio WEBSITE theparksnewfestival. Shiv Sagar Estate.

0 Northern European Cup (NEC) and the Eurocup as part of the Josef Kaufmann Racing team. In 2011. Everything changed after that.” he explains. Working on my body and mind. Budapest. The 17-year- old racing prodigy. “He would always accompany me to the races. but Daruvala is deeply aware that the sport isn’t just about driving fast cars. So. “I won the race by 200th of a second. “I get the chance to meet my family and friends. His sacrifices and consistent hard work is certainly paying off. getting a chance to visit his Dadar Parsi colony home comes as a very welcome break.” Daruvala was only nine when he first took to the kart- ing race track with Rayomand Banajee in Powai. to get to where he has today. UK has been home since Daruvala was 13 years old. it’s nice to have some time off. I’m doing everything I can to reach the best possible level. who usually travel with him. being in Mumbai allows him respite from his grueling schedule in England where he practices on a simulator in Banbury and races with coach Pieter Belmans and works with his mind coach Don MacPherson in Bath.” admits Daruvala. It was like attending kindergarten before enrolling in school. It was one of the most important laps of my life. Winning top spot at the NEC race in Hungaroring.” Daruvala credits the Academy for his move to the UK and for helping him associate with the best possible teams.” says Daruvala.” says the racing prodigy. It has taken a great deal of dedication. in his second season of single-seater racing. Earlier this year. he was selected for Sahara Force India Academy’s ‘One From A Billion. in June. when he left Bombay Scottish School to join a boarding school in Hatford. fuelled only by his passion for racing and his competitive spirit. he currently stands at fourth place. It might have been the adrenaline rush and the obvious love for speed and an awed affection for Spanish driver Fernando Alonso that first attracted the young man to racing. even when I had to travel all the way to Kohlapur to practice as a kart racer. “It was only after I’d reached my top level of karting that I moved to single-seater cars. Even though his fitness routine and workouts continue and his diet is under constant observation. “I’ve made sacrifices that most sportspeople do to make it to the top.’ “I was underage.SIMPLY MUMBAI Discovery IN THE FAST LANE Dadar boy Jehan Daruvala is a rising star on the Formula Racing circuit n By MOEENA HALIM J ehan Daruvala has seen more of the world this year than most teenagers have in their lifetime. but was lucky to have made it through a wild card entry. Jehan Daruvala s-12 SIMPLY HYDERABAD u AUGUST 2014 AUGUST 2014 u SIMPLY HYDERABAD s-12 . is participating in three different series this year. He is lucky to have the support of his parents. But it was his grandfather who used to be his biggest support. he won second place at the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and has his eyes set on winning the Formula Renault 2.




Shubhrojit Brahma OUR PICK of the month Art Director Jyoti Singh Design Vikas Verma. Wide Jitendra Lad (West) Angle Multiplex SG General Managers: Highway. n pita wraps.SIMPLY GUJARATI Inside COVER STORY House of Ideas s-3 From sustainable architecture to in- teriors that breathe opulence. Ahmed- Prashant Verma abad gets a new cafe Layout Execution that brings Mediter- Ramesh Kumar Gusain ranean fare to the city Pradeep Singh Bhandari with a mix of pizzas. Vikram Sharma DANESH JASSAWALA Photo Researchers Prabhakar Tiwari. Vijay Sharma. IMPACT TEAM Meal for two Rs 800 Senior General Manager: At Ground Floor. With Tahini. The blue Manoj Sharma and white decor with Associate Publisher (Impact) mosaic tiles and ca- Anil Fernandes sual seating adds to the n Mediterranean feel. FEATURE Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie Festive Fervour Group Chief Executive Officer s-6 Ashish Bagga Four looks that Group Editorial Director promise to make Raj Chengappa you stand out on the Editor-at-large dandiya dance floor Kaveree Bamzai n this s-2 SIMPLY GUJARATI u SEPTEMBER 2016 . Editorial Team Mohini Mehrotra. these homes are changing the designscape of Gujarat. Naveen Gupta. Velu Balasubramaniam (Chennai) Want to tell us about an event? A new store? A restaurant? People doing interesting things? Deputy General Manager: Kaushiky Chakraborty (East) Anything newsworthy? Please email us at: simplygujarati @intoday. Bhoomesh Dutt Sharma Production Mediterranean Mix Harish Aggarwal (Chief of Production). falafel and Publishing Director shawarma. Ursila Ali Photo Department Cover photograph by Shailesh Raval. Ahmedabad Upendra Singh (Bangalore).


From sustainable architecture to interiors
that breathe opulence, these homes are Hiren Gandhi, architect,
changing the designscape of Gujarat. with his wife Varsha



HIREN Gandhi, 63, Architect

prawling farmhouses have been a must- with terrace gardens, courtyards or lawns.
have asset for affluent Amdavadis for ECO-FRIENDLY LIVING At his own second
years, but second homes are fast spring- home—or as he likes to call it, “an urban
ing up at a short drive from the city. With outing house” in Shilpgram, Gandhi and
urban apartments offering little peace, his wife Varsha, a sitar player, have built
people are looking for alternative ways an environment-friendly house of bricks
to unwind for a day. “Building your own and mud that ensures natural light and
retreat away from the city is a trend,” says ventilation. The house is built three feet
Hiren Gandhi, founder of Hiren Gandhi below the ground level with a garden on
and Associates, a noted architecture and the roof that acts as a natural insulator to
interior designing firm in Ahmedabad. keep the house cool. Every room opens
The demand, he says, is fuelled by a out into the outdoor living space that
desire to escape from the concrete jungle resembles an amphitheatre. The Gandhis
and have lush greenery around. In all his have brought in a variety of local rustic
projects, be it government buildings, com- art—a Pithora painting by artisans from
mercial complexes, private bungalows, Chota Udaipur, a Shekhawati artwork
apartment blocks or a structure for ISRO, and Molela plates inserted into the garden
Gandhi always ensures a patch of green walls.


JAGRUTI Engineer, 51, Director, Astral
Poly Technik Limited

A t the sprawling Engineer home in
Ahmedabad, it’s about living amidst nature with lush
lawns, lotus ponds, a kitchen garden and a gazebo
under a mango tree. Even the rooms are built to bring
the outdoors inside, literally, with large windows and
terrace sit-outs. “We’ve not cut a single tree on the
property while building the house,” explains Jagruti
Engineer, 51, Director, Astral Poly Technik Limited, a
leading industrial house from Gujarat. It’s evident in
the design; the home is built in a C shape to accommo-
date three large trees that now stand in the courtyard.
Even the entrance lobby has a large opening in the
centre of the ceiling, only to make way for a towering
neem tree, but adds an interesting design element to
the house.
SUBTLE STROKES The décor reflects understated
elegance with subtle hues in upholstery, tall blown
glass jars and artifacts collected from the world over.
The family’s collection of art is aesthetically displayed
with names like MF Husain and Raza adorning their
walls. With the family waking up to a round of fit-
ness, Engineer has also built her gym in the garden;
the glass walled space opens out into the lawns and a
Jagruti Engineer with her daughter-in-law, Shikha lotus pond. It’s her idea of a perfect start to the day.

SMART LIVING Jayshil Patel, architect,
at his penthouse
JAYSHIL Patel, 56, architect

H ow do you make optimum use of a compact
space? Architect Jayshil Patel’s penthouse serves as an
example. A cozy living area merges into the dining sec-
tion where an attractive table becomes the centerpiece
of the space. A staircase leads to the family’s private
section where the highlight is the lounge that’s done up
with comfortable couches, smart lighting and artifacts.
Plenty of natural light infuses the space with freshness.
Patel has built skylights into every room and even the
bathrooms to filter in natural sunlight. Plus, an abun-
dance of indoor plants add a positive vibe to the space.
KEEP IT SIMPLE Not one to design flashy spaces,
Patel’s signature style is all about clean modern homes
in subtle colours and aesthetically used art and arti-
facts. “The home should reflect the personality of the
owners. Art should complement the space and not
make it look like a gallery,” he explains.



UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE Nikita Shah, with the statement
artwork in her home
NIKITA Shah, 52, Operations Manager at Options, Ahmedabad

drive of 30 minutes from the heart of the city isn’t of the place. The house is designed to integrate the
a deterrent for home buyers who want tranquil- outdoors into the interior space. If the family room
ity once they are back. And that’s probably why and the formal living areas open out into the gar-
neighbourhoods behind YMCA and Karnavati Club dens, the dining room extends into a space that has
on SG Highway in Ahmedabad are the new sought- an automated skylight roof. Full length doors ensure
after areas for building a home. It’s quiet, cut off adequate ventilation and play of breeze.
from the hustle of the city and yet, easily accessible. INTEGRATED ART A textured wall art is one of the
“These areas are coming up because the city is get- most eye-catching artworks in the house.The family
ting increasingly congested,” says Nikita Shah, who roped in a young National Institute of Design alum-
works as an operations manager at Options, a home nus to create a Plaster of Paris textured wall that
store in Ahmedabad. Her home reflects the serenity depicts large trees in the living area.

SHARVIL Shridhar, 30, Director, A Shridhar

or Sharvil Shridhar, city's leading real estate
magnate, luxury starts at home. A walk
through his house 'Shridhar Aalyam' feels like
an exploration of a Venetian museum with
massive chandeliers, expensive artifacts and ornate
furniture. It’s all about opulence, a theme that runs
through Sridhar’s first luxury housing project,
Venetian Villas, touted to be the first luxury homes
offering in Ahmedabad.
LUXE LIVING What’s luxury for Ahmedabad home
buyers then? Shridhar says it’s all about Italian
marble, automation and modular kitchens. At
Venetian Villas, he’s offered big bedrooms, multiple
parking spaces, a Jacuzzi and bathroom fittings by
Villeroy & Boch.

Sharvil Shridhar at his home, Shridhar Aalyam

TWIRL STORY An example of exquisite Gamthi work. pink. .SIMPLY GUJARATI Fashion FESTIVE FERVOUR Four looks that promise to make you stand out on the dandiya dance floor this Navratri. green and black combination has an embroi- dered border of tikka and thread work and is paired with a bright green blouse with heavy gamthi work. this lehenga in blue.

The waist band showcases motifs of dancing human figures with the embroidered ochre blouse is a blend of Gamthi work and zari buttis.SIMPLY GUJARATI Fashion GO WITH THE FLOW The flowing black chaniya with traditional Kutchi Gamthi work flares up to a diameter of seven metres with every garba twirl. . SUMMER BREEZE This vibrant green chaniya has heavy Kutchi thread embroi- dered bird shaped motifs. The bright blouse is embroidered with tikka and thread work with birds and leaves as the main motifs.

SIMPLY GUJARATI Fashion Wardrobe NOOPUR ANITA DANCE AWAY THE BLUES BALIA FOR YOUNG TRUKK The beautiful bright blue chaniya comes Make-up RIYA PATEL Photography DEEP PANCHAL with a green silk blouse with multi coloured Model NOOPUR ANITA BALIA borders and Kutchi embroidery. The chaniya has handmade paan motifs. while the bright green blouse has block printed motifs of dancing human figures. s-8 SIMPLY GUJARATI u SEPTEMBER 2016 .