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October 28, 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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Diwali, the festival of lights and traditionally the Hindu New Year, kicks off with Dhanteras, the celebration of wealth and prosperity. This is one occasion when spending in India kicks into high gear. The lights, however, are considerably dimmer this Diwali. There isn’t much to cheer about as India Inc stares into what appears to be the bottomless abyss of an economic downturn. GDP growth slowed five quarters in a row, declining from a peak of 8.1 per cent at the beginning of the first quarter of FY19 to 5 per cent in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has lowered India’s growth forecast for FY20 to 6.1 per cent from 6.9 per cent it projected earlier. The World Bank has cut India’s GDP…

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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 SENIOR DEPUTY EDITORS: Uday Mahurkar, Manisha Saroop HYDERABAD: Amarnath K. Menon DEPUTY EDITOR: Shweta Punj SENIOR EDITORS: Kaushik Deka, Sasi Nair, MUMBAI: Suhani Singh; JAIPUR: Rohit Parihar SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Ashish Mukherjee MUMBAI: 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), Yasir Iqbal (Deputy Chief Photographer), Rajwant Singh Rawat (Principal Photographer), Chandra Deep Kumar (Senior Photographer); MUMBAI: Mandar Suresh Deodhar (Chief Photographer), Danesh Adil Jassawala (Photographer); KOLKATA: Subir…

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JOLLY, THE BLACK WIDOW: WHEN WOMEN KILL By Chinki Sinha Crimes of passion with female perpetrators often involve greed, jealousy or revenge http://bit.ly/2oHRUT5 The Shadow of Ayodhya By Ajit Kumar Jha With lawyers of all the three parties having made their arguments in the title suit, the five-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court will have to balance between faith and facts to arrive at a fair judgment http://bit.ly/2MUgicr Bollywood’s Diwali line-up By Suhani Singh Audiences will have a cracker of a time at the movies this Diwali, but which film will steal the show—the one with the starry cast or the one with the good story? http://bit.ly/2MGBbYj No Animal Spirits (Yet?) By M.G. Arun Despite the significant cut in corporate tax rates last month, demand remains sluggish, with companies appearing in no hurry to cut prices and an investment boost…

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The recently concluded informal summit in Chennai between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of China produced some spectacular photo-ops, just like the first summit in Wuhan had last year. Realists might ask what the specific outcomes or takeaways of the “Chennai Connect” were and there are five that one can point to straight away. First, the two leaders discussed the national visions and goals of their nations at length, including the means of achieving these objectives. This strategic communication is important to make an assessment of the other side’s calculations, tactics, stratagems and thinking. It is only through such conversations that India and China can build understanding and trust. Hence, this was the most significant part of the Mamallapuram meeting. Second, based on the Indian side’s briefing to the media,…

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rti’s fading march

To mark the anniversary of the democratic decision to grant all Indian citizens the right to ask questions of and demand accountability from their government representatives, home minister Amit Shah addressed the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) 14th annual conference. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Shah, “is determined to create a system where there is enough suo motu disclosure of information so that the need to file RTI applications itself is reduced.” Shah also referred to the RTI as a “milestone in India’s democratic journey”. But RTI activists have accused the Modi government of seeking to weaken the Act and reduce the status of information commissioners. Last year, activists from a dozen states took to the streets of Delhi to protest the proposed amendments to the Act, arguing that the government…

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“Mr Komal Nahta, a renowned film trade analyst, said that the national holiday of October 2 saw Rs 120 crore, a record, earned by three movies... Only because the country’s economy is sound can Rs 120 crore be earned in one day” Speaking in Hindi to journalists in Maharashtra, Union minister RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD offered the latest in a series of bizarre reasons provided by BJP leaders on how the economy, contrary to most indicators, is thriving rather than slowing down. After much mockery, Prasad, a self-proclaimed “sensitive person”, took back his comments. He said his remarks were factual but had been “twisted out of context”. What he didn’t say was that shoehorning the economy into every discussion only convinces people that the government is, as finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s husband…