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India Today July 1, 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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A little over a decade from now, India will become the third largest economy in the world. It will have quadrupled its GDP to around $10 trillion, surpassing France and Japan and behind only the US and China. Set to be the world’s most populous country by 2027, the challenges for India in the 2030s will be even more acute than at present. We are the world’s largest young country. Half the population, or over 600 million people, is under the age of 25, what is called our demographic dividend. The advent of the knowledge economy—where the creation, dissemination and utilisation of information and knowledge rather than land, labour and capital become the most important factors of production—poses new challenges and opportunities for us. Can a youthful India deliver the skilled workforce…

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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 DEPUTY EDITORS: Prachi Bhuchar, Uday Mahurkar, Manisha Saroop HYDERABAD: Amarnath K. Menon CHANDIGARH: Asit Jolly 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: N.G. Jaison…

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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 THE FADNAVIS FORMULA FOR MANAGEMENT by Raj Chengappa The secret sauce behind the success of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who runs the country’s economically most significant state https://urlzs.com/6qf7k Why a normal monsoon is critical to rein in inflation by M.G. Arun Retail inflation touched a seven-month high of 3.05 per cent in May 2019. Will it play spoilsport and put pressure on the RBI to end its rate reduction cycle? https://urlzs.com/RdkUz The seven deadly political sins of Pinarayi Vijayan by Jeemon Jacob How India’s last communist chief minister misread the political wind https://urlzs.com/CCwHH Modi’s minority report by Uday Mahurkar Prime Minister Narendra Modi strikes a pitch for greater Muslim inclusiveness https://urlzs.com/FL97R The spectre of drought by Bandeep Singh INDIA TODAY photographers capture the…

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who will be the chosen one?

On June 17, while the newly elected members of the 17th Lok Sabha were being administered the oath of office, MP and Republican Party of India chief Ramdas Athawale asked where Congress president Rahul Gandhi was. The mocking question caused much hilarity all round, not counting the Congress MPs present in the house in their vanishingly small numbers. Rahul did show up later in the day—as the Congress MPs had said he would—back from a trip to London. They may even have seen a flicker of hope that he’ll put them out of their misery and embarrassment and assume charge of the party. Rahul has not shown any signs so far that he might relent. Giving senior leaders a month to find a new president, he had apparently said: “I cannot…

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bihar’s deathly fever

Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Gorakhpur in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh have been prone to outbreaks of acute encephalitis for around 40 years. Most of the children who die after contracting the disease are under 10 years old. Nearly 100 children have died in the past few weeks. The so-called Japanese encephalitis, part of the acute encephalitis ‘family’, is spread by mosquitoes. But other causes are more mysterious. Casting around for explanations, doctors have suggested excess heat and humidity as part of the problem; others identify toxins in lychees, grown in vast quantities in Bihar, coupled with poor nutrition and hygiene as the cause. After the deaths in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath told health officials in the state to be on guard. 127 children reported dead of acute encephalitis syndrome in…

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walmart entry props up india’s fdi image

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India rose 5 per cent last year, increasing from $40 billion (Rs 2.8 lakh crore) in 2017 to $42 billion (Rs 2.9 lakh crore) in 2018, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). That ranked India 10th among the top 20 economies for FDI inflows and 5th among the developing and transition economies. While the increase was driven by deals in retail, communications and financial services, one in particular—Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart—carried significant weight. With this purchase, Walmart pitted itself directly against rival American firm Amazon in the battle for India’s e-commerce space. The US retailer acquired 77 per cent of Flipkart’s shares for $16 billion (Rs 1.11 lakh crore). Between them, the two behemoths—the Flipkart-Walmart combine and Amazon—now…