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India Today March 11, 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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Living Media India Limited
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from the editor-in-chief

Our cover story, ‘Hard Choices’, last week examined the military options before the Narendra Modi government. One of the five options we reckoned the government might choose to employ to respond to the February 14 suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed, was to target terrorist installations within Pakistan through air strikes. The government’s February 26 air strike against a known Jaish-e-Mohammed base in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province took everyone by surprise. It certainly stunned Pakistan because the last time the IAF struck there was almost half a century ago, during the 1971 war. Prime Minister Modi's decision was audacious. Every time there is tension with India, Pakistan does not lose the opportunity to remind us of their nuclear capability. This time, the…

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panic stations

Just before midnight on February 22, the Jammu & Kashmir police, assisted by army and paramilitary forces, conducted multiple raids and arrested over 200 separatists. While the majority belong to the Abdul Hamid Fayaz-led Jamaate-Islami, several others, including Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and Maulana Mushtaq Veeri of the Wahhabist Jamiat e-Ahle Hadith, were also detained. While the unexplained raids continued into the wee hours, a hundred additional companies of the BSF, CRPF, SSB and the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) arrived the following day. The 10,000 personnel were deployed to ‘static guard duties’, hitherto assigned to the CRPF in Srinagar and other sensitive locations. The BSF was returning to a civilian policing role in Kashmir after more than a decade. The deployment and raids spread panic in…

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kashmir’s economic decline

The evidence of the government’s own numbers suggests terrorism has risen substantially in Kashmir since 2014. Correspondingly, unemployment is higher than the average in the rest of India. Tourism numbers have fallen off the cliff. The BJP was part of the state government in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in 2015. Predictably, its odd-couple alliance with the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti, collapsed in June. Will more economic growth and development stem the apparently increased radicalisation of young people in Kashmir? The signs are that economic activity must be accompanied by an openness to dialogue. Whether there is much appetite in the central government for talks rather than demonstrations of authority remains open to question. 614 Terrorist incidents in Kashmir in 2018 alone, compared to 222 in 2014, says the…

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an indigenous issue

The violence that erupted on the streets of Itanagar on February 21, resulting in the death of seven people, started as a protest against the Arunachal Pradesh government’s decision to grant Permanent Residence Certificate, or PRC, to members of six communities—Adivasi, Deori, Gorkha, Mishing, Moran, and Sonowal Kachari—who live in Namsai and Changlang districts. Sources in the state’s BJP government say this move had been pushed by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who represents Lekang in Namsai district in the assembly, in an attempt to woo voters from these communities. On February 23, protesters burnt down Mein’s residence in the state capital. Arunachal will hold its assembly poll alongside the Lok Sabha election scheduled in about two months. The PRC is a certificate issued by the government proving the domicile of an…

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the trouble with data nationalism

The data of a country is a national asset that the government holds in trust.” So says the e-commerce policy draft released on February 23. Amidst the hyper-nationalism in the air, its title doesn’t seem out of place: ‘India’s Data for India’s Development’. You’d think the headline should have something more to do with e-commerce. But data sovereignty has been the thread tying together new policies in the run-up to India’s 2019 general election, with a strident digital nationalism that I call Swadeshi 2.0. So this draft wasn’t a surprise: data is the new oil, it says pointedly. Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that companies should not be allowed to colonise data or unleash ‘data imperialism’. India’s richest businessman Mukesh Ambani has spoken about how bad data colonisation was:…

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india’s monuments men

At the inauguration of the National War Memorial in Delhi on February 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a couple of digs at the Congress for having failed to complete a project decades in the making. His opponents found his politicking distasteful, arguing that the solemn occasion merited something more profound and unifying than just another stump speech. With elections close, the BJP is hoping to spin the escalating regional tensions into political gold, capitalising on the jingoism that becomes a feature of the national ‘mood’ in times of war. The war memorial, though, was a minor project, in both cost and scale, compared to the new statues, symbols of the Modi government’s muscular ‘new India’. 15.5 METRES high obelisk is the centrepiece of the new National War Memorial in Delhi,…

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