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India Today June 8, 2020

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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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5 Min.
from the editor-in-chief

India is a country that makes you weep at periodic intervals. This is because of the suffering one gets to witness, caused either by natural calamities or man-made ones like government policies, communal hatred and caste prejudices. The past several days have been such a time. In my 45 years of journalism, I have not seen such mass misery. Since the imposition of the world’s harshest lockdown on March 25 in the wake of the Covid pandemic, the country has seen the most searing and heart-breaking images of thousands of migrants trekking back to their villages and towns, driven by fear, or loss of livelihood, or both, in what could be one of the biggest displacements of humans on the planet this century. The fact that thousands have now made…

5 Min.
whose line is it anyway?

In the end, it took a phone call from the prime minister’s office for Union minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to self-quarantine for the mandated seven days for passengers flying into Karnataka from Delhi. Until then, Gowda had insisted he was exempt from rules that applied to ordinary citizens. Karnataka’s BJP government lent a helping hand, making an exception to quarantine requirements for Union ministers and even backdating the addendum to May 23, though it was circulated on the evening of May 25 (Gowda had arrived in Bengaluru earlier the same day). While telling social media that he would now self-quarantine, Gowda clarified that he was still “pained” by a controversy he believes was overblown. The state Congress party has described the addendum as an “afterthought”. The rules, as they stood, required…

2 Min.
the week in numbers

2.5 kilometres wide, and over 17 km long, say local officials in Maharashtra of swarms of locusts that have descended on the state. The damage has been minimal in Maharashtra because there are currently no standing crops, but locusts do present a major threat to vegetation. This latest infestation entered India from Pakistan a few weeks earlier than usual and in greater numbers, with experts saying such swarms have not been seen for nearly 30 years. 14 OF THE WORLD’S 15 HOTTEST cities on May 27 were in India or Pakistan. Nine Indian cities made the list, with the hottest, at 50 degrees Celsius, being Churu in Rajasthan. New Delhi made the list in 10th spot with a temperature of 47.6 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists say the current heat wave has been…

6 Min.
think relief, not just reform

The announcements relating to fundamental reforms in India’s agricultural markets were a particular highlight of Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent stimulus-cum-reforms package, delivered in five instalments. Most commentators have received the agri reforms, three in particular, quite effusively: the decision to amend the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955; a national law for agricultural markets; and a legal framework to enable contract farming. Ever since India embarked on economic reforms in 1991, agricultural market reforms have been a vexatious issue. A big challenge is that both ‘agriculture’ and ‘market’ are state subjects, even though the Centre has overarching powers, via Article 301, to ensure that trade within the country is free of barriers. Thus, state-specific laws under the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts regulate agricultural trade within states. These typically…

3 Min.
the dravidian connect

In Journey of a Civilization, retired bureaucrat R. Balakrishnan poses the ‘Indus riddle’: a profusion of archaeological remains from the Harappan civilisation, but without known literature that evokes it. And the ‘Tamil riddle’: a rich body of classical literature that mentions cities, kings, clans and a distant past, but with scant archaeological associations. The two-birds-with-one-stone solution favoured in this book is the ‘Dravidian Hypothesis’: which claims an “organic link be-tween the Indus Valley civilisation and the Dravidian linguistic family in terms of culture, ideology and language”. This is not a new idea. Variants have been proposed since the archaeological discovery of Harappa and Mohenjodaro, and several attempts to decipher the Harappan script have relied on the assumption that it represents a proto-Dravidian language. Journey of a Civilization goes all in, moving…

1 Min.
background score

With videos becoming the preferred mode of communication during the lockdown, people’s virtual backgrounds—bookshelves and wall hangings—have come under intense scrutiny. What’s in the frame has become as important as who is in the frame. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has addressed the people of his state via 12 Facebook videos since March 18 against a plain backdrop, seems to have got the memo late, but has finally raised his background game. He shared the frame with a small statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in a video released on May 18 and a photograph of his parents Bal Thackeray and Meenatai on May 24. With his government under fire for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sena chief is clearly pulling at heartstrings.…