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India Today July 13, 2020

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from the editor-in-chief

Modern warfare is fought at many different levels, although the current military stand-off between India and China in the Himalayas started in the most medieval fashion—with clubs and fisticuffs—leaving 20 of our soldiers dead and an undeclared number on the Chinese side. Now in its third month, the situation at the border remains unresolved with the troops standing eyeball to eyeball and both sides piling up military hardware even as the talks between the two military commanders drag on. The other option in a conflict is diplomatic. This, too, is not making any headway despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi having met China’s supreme leader, President Xi Jinping, 18 times since 2014. China is turning a deaf ear to any international opprobrium and instead accusing India of being the aggressor. This crisis…

5 Min.
liberties under fire

On June 23, Safoora Zargar, 27, a research scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia University, finally secured bail after 70-odd days of incarceration in Tihar Jail for her alleged role as ‘key conspirator’ in the Delhi riots conspiracy case being investigated by the Delhi Police Special Cell. Zargar was vocal and visible during the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Bill) protests that swept Delhi—with echoes all over India—after the controversial Act came into existence in December 2019. Zargar was more than three months pregnant when Delhi Police arrested her, first on April 10, on allegations of blocking a road and obstructing traffic. After securing a bail in that case, she was arrested again on April 13, this time under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), which makes it well-nigh impossible for the accused…

1 Min.
laptop largesse

As chief minister between 2012 and 2017, Akhilesh Yadav distributed nearly 1.5 million laptops among Uttar Pradesh’s high-school students. The state board exam results on June 27 have sparked off a far more modest freebie distribution contest. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a laptop and Rs 1 lakh in cash for the top 10 meritorious students of Class 10 and 12. Akhilesh, too, announced free laptops—51 each for the toppers of Class 10 and 12 exams and another 50 for successful students in Azamgarh, his Lok Sabha constituency. Now, students in Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s native district, are miffed the CM hasn’t come up with any special incentive for them. ‘If it’s free, why not me?’ they seem to be asking.…

1 Min.
sweetening the deal

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s knack for winning over enemies remains as sharp as ever. He recently persuaded staunch opponent Raju Shetti to accept nomination as a legislator from the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA). Shetti, a leader of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, is known for his fiery agitations over the alleged exploitation of farmers by sugar factories. Pawar’s interest in the business and politics of sugar mills is well known. Word is he might ask Shetti to take on the sugar mill directors who switched from his party to the BJP last year.…

1 Min.
hindujas a house divided

They seemed to think and act as a single unit, standing united through earlier controversies, of which the extended Hinduja clan has seen aplenty. The brothers Srichand (84), Gopichand (80), Prakash (75) and Ashok (69), who form the second generation of this family, have a combined networth of $12.8 billion (around Rs 96,000 crore) as per Forbes. So when family ties begin to fray, as they are now, there is much to fight for. The Hindujas are wrestling in court for control of the Geneva-based Hinduja Bank, which caters to the super-rich. Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok have invoked a 2014 letter signed by all four brothers that reportedly says the assets of the group are owned by all of them and that each would name the other/s as their executor/s. Hinduja Bank is…

1 Min.
third generation in the saddle

The operations of most Hinduja Group businesses—Ashok Leyland, GOCL, Gulf Oil Lubricants, Hinduja Bank, among others—are headed by third-generation Hindujas, except in the case of IndusInd Bank, where professionals are in charge. • Shanu Hinduja, Srichand’s daughter, is chair of Hinduja Bank. Her son Karam was recently appointed CEO of the bank. • Dheeraj Hinduja, son of Gopichand, is chairman of Ashok Leyland • Ajay Hinduja, Prakash’s son, is chairman, GOCL • Sanjay Hinduja, son of Gopichand, is chairman of Gulf Oil Lubricants • Shom Hinduja, Ashok’s son, is chairman of privately held Hinduja Renewables. He is also a director in the board of Gulf Oil Lubricants.…