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July 29, 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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from the editor-in-chief

Every revolution, they say, carries the seed of its own destruction. That seems to apply to India’s Grand Old Party too, the Indian National Congress, which once delivered us from colonial rule. I believe the seed was sown when India’s legendary prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, made his daughter Indira Gandhi the president of the Congress in 1959. Ironically, he was the main reason why India remained a democracy unlike many other countries that were freed from colonial rule. Even such a staunch democrat could not resist the pull of dynasty. After Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died in 1966, Indira Gandhi defeated her rival Morarji Desai in the party’s parliamentary leadership election and succeeded Shastri as prime minister. Three years later, in November 1969, she founded her own political start-up—the…

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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); CHENNAI:…

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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 IAF WANTS THE S-400 MISSILE by Sandeep Unnithan The technological leap offered by the System-400’s capabilities far outweighs the risk of sanctions from the US and the loss of status of major non-NATO ally http://bit.ly/2Jy5kIV No budget for farmers by Ajit Kumar Jha Except for a push in rural infrastructure, Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden budget had little to stimulate rural income and demand http://bit. ly/2GgoQHM Why Indian models are making it big abroad by Chinki Sinha While Indian male models scorch the ramp for major international design houses, back home the fashion industry continues to be obsessed with white skin http://bit.ly/2ShNcpq Water woes: Running out of time by Amarnath K. Menon Tamil Nadu still has no long-term plans in place to deal with the water…

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better safe than sorry

At the launch of a spacecraft, the most watched are the giant digital countdown clocks fitted in the control room where the scientists are seated as well as in the media gallery. For India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan 2, the clock began counting down 20 hours before the spacecraft was slated to be launched at 2.51 am on July 15 at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facility in Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh. The 5,000-odd visitors seated in the amphitheatre nearby watched the clock on a giant monitor with anticipation. For the countdown, ISRO had developed a rigorous review of every critical component of the spacecraft, including its rockets, apart from the communications and tracking facilities. That’s because space is unforgiving. A slight error in calculation or a malfunctioning valve…

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turbulence ahead

It has been scarcely a couple of months since the shuttering of Jet Airways, and now a fresh controversy is roiling the aviation industry. Indigo Airlines, which succeeded Jet as the largest private player, is caught in an ugly spat between its promoters Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal. The long-simmering conflict reached a crescendo on July 9 when Gangwal alleged serious governance lapses by Bhatia. Gangwal has now sought stock market regulator Sebi’s intervention. Sebi, in turn, has sought a response from InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE), the parent firm of IndiGo, even as its board will seek clarification from Gangwal on his allegations at its meeting on July 19. Gangwal, along with his affiliates, holds a 37 per cent stake in InterGlobe, while Bhatia, along with his affiliates (IGE Group), owns…

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shah’s silent enforcer

For a man said to have controlled the BJP with an iron hand when he was party president, Amit Shah proved surprisingly reluctant to bring in his own team to help him reorganise and rebuild the party into the election-winning machine it is today. He stuck with most of the top party functionaries left behind by his predecessor Rajnath Singh. Now that he is in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet—in probably the most vital and visible post given Modi’s predilection for foreign affairs—Shah might, ironically, be effecting the changes to the party’s organisation that many thought he would as president. The first step was the appointment last week of 53-year-old party stalwart B.L. Santhosh as the new national general secretary (organisation), replacing Ramlal, 66, who returns to the RSS after 13…