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September 30, 2019

India Today is the leading news magazine and most widely read publication in India. The magazine’s leadership is unquestioned, so much so that India Today is what Indian journalism is judged by, for its integrity and ability to bring unbiased and incisive perspective to arguably the most dynamic, yet perplexing, region in the world. Breaking news and shaping opinion, it is now a household name and the flagship brand of India’s leading multidimensional media group. Additionally, the weekly brings with it a range supplements like Women, Home, Aspire, Spice and Simply which focus on style, health, education, fashion, etc. and Indian cities.

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Indians,’ the late columnist A.A. Gill once observed, ‘drive with an ambivalent extempore gusto, unencumbered by the handicap of rules, training, or insurance, but bolstered by a startling belief in reincarnation.’ They also, if I may add, drive on roads that are poorly lit, have faulty signals and potholed surfaces that resemble moonscapes. We have built spacecraft that can withstand the rigours of space travel, but we seem unable to build roads that can survive a single rain shower. Our roads, thus, are a cocktail of appalling driving culture and abysmal infrastructure. This lethal combination makes any journey a road to perdition. Indian roads consistently record the world’s highest traffic-related fatalities. In 2017, 147,913 people died in accidents on India’s roads, which amounts to 405 deaths every day or 17…

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india today

CHAIRMAN AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Aroon Purie VICE CHAIRPERSON: Kalli Purie GROUP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Raj Chengappa GROUP CREATIVE EDITOR: Nilanjan Das; GROUP PHOTO EDITOR: Bandeep Singh MANAGING EDITORS: Kai Jabir Friese, Rajesh Jha CONSULTING EDITOR: Ajit Kumar Jha (Research) EXECUTIVE EDITORS: S. Sahaya Ranjit, Sandeep Unnithan MUMBAI: M.G. Arun DEPUTY EDITORS: Prachi Bhuchar, Uday Mahurkar, Manisha Saroop HYDERABAD: Amarnath K. Menon SENIOR EDITORS: Shweta Punj, Sasi Nair JAIPUR: Rohit Parihar SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Kaushik Deka, Ashish Mukherjee MUMBAI: Suhani Singh, Kiran Dinkar Tare; PATNA: Amitabh Srivastava ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Shougat Dasgupta, Chinki Sinha KOLKATA: Romita Sengupta; BHOPAL: Rahul Noronha; THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jeemon Jacob ASSISTANT EDITOR: Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri PUNE: Aditi S. Pai PHOTO DEPARTMENT: Vikram Sharma (Deputy Photo Editor), Rajwant Singh Rawat, Yasir Iqbal (Principal Photographers), Chandra Deep Kumar (Senior Photographer); MUMBAI: Mandar Suresh Deodhar (Chief Photographer), Danesh Adil Jassawala (Photographer); KOLKATA: Subir Halder (Principal Photographer);…

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presenting india today insight

For sharp analysis on topical issues by the editors of INDIA TODAY, log on to www.indiatoday.in/india-today-magazine-insight WHY THE BJP NEEDS NITISH KUMAR IN BIHAR by Amitabh Srivastava The Bihar chief minister’s presence in the state is a formidable one and something the BJP can’t simply wish away http://bit.ly/2lXgWfq Why Amit Shah thinks Hindi is the language of integration by Uday Mahurkar The Union home minister is echoing the Sangh Parivar line that Hindi, and not English, must be used as the national link language http://bit.ly/2kod5HK How the PMO is getting restructured under two PKs by Uday Mahurkar P.K. Mishra and P.K. Sinha will now run the show at the Prime Minister’s Office http://bit.ly/2mkgw2O Why Mumbaikars are against their world-class metro by Kiran D. Tare Protesting the MMRCL’s plan to fell 2,646 trees in Aarey Colony, Mumbai residents are determined not to let…

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the long arm of the law

After constitutional challenges to the effective abrogation of Article 370, the focus in our courts is now on a slew of habeas corpus petitions challenging detentions in Jammu and Kashmir. The latest one, filed by Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK leader Vaiko in the Supreme Court, seeks to produce in court Farooq Abdullah, the octogenarian former chief minister of J&K. Preventive detention laws, which permit detention of persons who threaten public order or the security of the State or are likely to commit an offence, have been on the statute books from the inception of India’s constitutional democracy. They also have a history of misuse by the ruling establishment against its political opponents. The Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (JKPSA), the state’s own preventive detention law, has been deployed repeatedly…

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india’s reliance on saudi oil

Both Saudi Arabia and the US, despite showing little hard evidence, have said Iran is probably behind the recent drone attacks by Yemeni rebels on major Saudi oil facilities. Still, US president Donald Trump, speaking to reporters on September 16, insisted he did not want war. He had earlier described US forces as “locked and loaded”, ready to take action once Saudi completed its investigations. Crude prices have risen significantly and, with about half of Saudi Arabia’s output affected, it could take weeks for the markets to settle. India is among the world’s leading importers of Saudi crude, but petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that oil supplies will not be affected by the attack. 5.7 MILLION barrels per day—Saudi’s output down from usual 7.4 million bpd after the attack on its…

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“i’ll expose kejriwal’s lies on delhi air pollution”

Union information and broadcasting minister PRAKASH JAVADEKAR, who also holds additional charge of the environment, forest and climate change ministry, has to walk a fine line between guarding India’s development imperatives and demonstrating national commitment to the environment on global forums. In an interview with Senior Editor KAUSHIK DEKA, Javadekar spoke on India’s conservation goals, the mission against plastic use and more. Excerpts: Q You’ve said the environment ministry’s job is to conserve the panchtatva (five elements)—earth, water, fire, air, sky. What’s your ministry doing to achieve this goal? Our government has laid the highest emphasis on conservation of water and using it efficiently. We have formed the Jal Shakti ministry to address all water issues. India receives only 4 per cent of the world’s rainwater while being home to 17 per…