QBullet: LaMo-Raje, Advani Interview, SC Embarrassed and More

Here’s a wrap of all the news and views from across the papers this morning. #QBullet

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1. Lalit Modi Would sit with Foot on Table in Front of Vasundhara Raje: Bureaucrat

An aggrieved Lalit Modi, given the short shrift by once-friendly Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, appears to have gone on an overdrive trying to settle old scores with her, reads a Times of India report.

I, Vasundhara Raje, of 13 Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, will say as follows: I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities.
– statement attributed to Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, circulated by a PR firm hired by Modi’s lawyer Mahmood Abdi

Read the full report here.


2. Forces That can Crush Democracy are Stronger… I Don’t Have the Confidence it (Emergency) Cannot Happen Again: L K Advani

On June 25th the imposition of the Emergency completes 40 years. The Indian Express spoke to L K Advani, senior BJP leader, its founding father and now a member of its Margdarshak Mandal, who went on to give a word of caution.

I do not see any sign in our polity that assures me, any outstanding aspect of leadership. A commitment to democracy and to all other aspects related to democracy is lacking.
– L.K. Advani, Senior BJP Leader

Read the full Indian Express interview here.

3. U.P Journalist Killing: Kin Threaten Suicide

Family members of Jagendra Singh, the journalist who was burnt alive for his Facebook posts against Ram Murti Verma, a Minister in the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, have threatened self-immolation if the Minister, allegedly behind the murder, is not removed, reports The Hindu.

We will have no option but to kill ourselves if we are denied justice.
– Suman Singh, wife of deceased journalist Jagendra Singh

Here’s the full report.


4. ED, MEA Fight Over ‘Proof’ HC Didn’t Even Consider

A tussle over evidence in connection with the restoration of Lalit Modi’s passport and why it was not challenged continues to rage on between the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Ministry of External Affairs.

Sources have told The Times of India that the Foreign Ministry would challenge the Delhi HC’s passport restoration order only if the ED provided solid evidence against Modi. But sources in the ED said that enough proof had already been provided to the MEA.

The passport officer was not at all concerned with the merits of the alleged FEMA violations...That was the concern of the adjudicating authority under FEMA.
– High Court order

Here’s the full story.

5. Supreme Court Lawyers’ Body Slams Collegium System

The five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice J.S. Khehar, was asked to walk the corridors of the courts to get a first-hand account of the deterioration in the judicial system by the Counsel of the Supreme Court Bar Association, as he ripped into the Collegium system of judicial appointments, blaming its “give-and-take” culture for a perceived fall in judicial standards reports The Hindu.

While politicians and actors get instant relief from courts, the common man struggles for years for justice.
– Dushyant Dave, Counsel, Supreme Court Bar Association

Read the full report here.


6. Modi Government Tightens Grip on NGOs With Recast Rules

The noose around foreign-funded NGOs was tightened by the NDA government as proposed new rules will now require banks to report every transaction made by these organisations within 48 hours.

The Hindustan Times reports that NGOs will additionally have to pledge that the money will not be used for activities that go against national, public, security, strategic, scientific or economic interest and the government will retain the right to interpret what these would construe.

These phrases are so arbitrary, this declaration could be abused to target organisations that voice any form of dissent on critical issues... It is completely unacceptable.
– Anjali Bhardwaj, Satark Nagrik Sangathan, a civil society group

Read the full report.

7. Ban Convent Schools, Demand Hindu Outfits

The right-wing organisation Hindu Janajagruti Samiti organised the ‘All India Hindu Convention’, where the demand for a ban on convent schools was made, claiming that convent schools do not allow Hindu students to follow religious traditions. A ban on cow slaughter in the entire country was also demanded at the convention, reports The Indian Express.

Hindu students studying in convent schools are barred from following their customs like putting mehndi, wearing flowers, dupatta, bindi or kumkum. It needs to be stopped. There is a total discrimination.
– a resolution passed at the ‘All India Hindu Convention’

Read the full report here.


8. How ‘Superfast’ China Lent a Helping Hand to PM Modi’s Yoga Day Initiative

China signed on as an early co-sponsor of a UN resolution piloted by India and played a vital role in actualising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for an International Yoga Day reports The Hindustan Times.

Officials from India’s Permanent Mission to UN approached their Chinese counterparts, a week after Modi’s speech, and Beijing was on board immediately.

It was Thursday when we contacted them, and they came back to us just the following Monday, that’s superfast for Beijing.
– an official told HT

Here’s the full report.

9. Charles Correa: From a Child With Toy Train to the Origami Artist in Stone

Charles Correa’s favourite story was about Hornby trains. I had one as a child, so I knew what he was talking about. This was a miniature train made by a British company called Hornby. It had a locomotive, carriages and a set of inter-locking rails, both straight and curved. You could make a loop, or lay the track so that the train went straight, then curved into an imaginary tunnel, writes Charles Correa’s friend Anil Dharker for The Indian Express.

I became an architect because of my Hornby train set.
– Charles Correa told Dharker

Read the full piece here.

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