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India Today

India Today July 8, 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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4 min.
from the editor-in-chief

President Donald Trump is a man who inspires several adjectives. Predictable is not one of them. In just two and a half years, he has started a trade war with China, sanctioned Russia, shaken hands with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, rattled neighbours Canada and Mexico and put his allies on notice. It’s hard to tell who fears President Trump more, his friends or his enemies. ‘America first’ was clearly more than just a campaign slogan. It is a mantra the President truly believes in as he swings, wrecking ball-like, on the existing world order. All told, the United States is the world’s pre-eminent economic and military superpower and will remain so well into the middle of the 21st century. Its $20.5 trillion economy is significantly larger than that of China ($13.4…

1 min.
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 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 (Senior Photographer) PHOTO RESEARCHERS:…

1 min.
presenting india today insight

SENA UNDER SIEGE by Kiran D. Tare and Sahil Joshi The Shiv Sena once lorded over Mumbai. It is now left at the mercy of its alliance partner, the BJP https://bit.ly/2IPlf5r The Existential Crisis of Chandrababu Naidu by Amarnath Menon Out of power in the state, losing at the Centre and with his party’s MPs seemingly up for grabs, the TDP chief is going through a dark political phase https://bit.ly/2Rwe84q A Cruel Summer in Bihar: AES exposes Bihar health machinery by Amitabh Srivastava Since the 1990s, Muzaffarpur has continued to record a large number of child deaths in the lead up to the monsoon—with the majority of victims less than 10 years old, and all from poor families https://bit.ly/2ZRQimJ GM Crops: Boon or Bio-hazard? by Amarnath K. Menon BT crop farmers want regulators to get their act together swiftly. So do its opponents https://bit.ly/31HSu1R For sharp…

3 min.
drought in a flood-prone city

The Chennai flood of 2015 caused immense loss of life and property. Today, the city is running out of water, putting immense stress on the population and administration. The four major lakes that supply Chennai’s drinking water are dry, the Krishna river scheme didn’t provide relief and the Veeranam project has proved insufficient to meet the city’s water demand. Ground water reserves are running low, too, leaving Chennai dependent on desalination plants. One major reason for Chennai’s water crisis is poor management of demand and supply. Over the past century, like in many other Indian cities, Chennai’s water demand has increased significantly due to rapid urbanisation and industrial and agricultural growth. Hence, even slight fluctuations in supply can cause a crisis. Chennai’s rainfall in 2018, 835 mm, was less than the…

3 min.
a rebel’s exit

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Viral Acharya’s resignation, six months before his term ended, came as no surprise to many. His exit was considered imminent after former RBI governor Urjit Patel left the central bank in a huff citing “personal reasons” in December last year after a public spat with the Centre over a host of issues, including the apex bank’s autonomy. Acharya, a New York University Stern School (NYU Stern) of Business professor and the youngest to become deputy governor at the RBI, mirrored Patel’s thoughts on autonomy when he used the A.D. Shroff memorial lecture in Mumbai on October 26 last year to launch a scathing attack on the government. “Governments that do not respect central bank independence will sooner or later incur the wrath of…

2 min.
custodial deaths go unpunished

Sanjiv Bhatt, a former Gujarat IPS officer, was sentenced to life in prison for the ‘custodial’ death in 1990 of a man held for allegedly participating in a communal riot. He is part of a vani shingly small breed; custodial deaths in India generally go unpunished. Around 30 years ago, Prabhudas Vaishnani died in a hospital several days after his release from prison on bail. His brother filed an FIR alleging that Vaishnani was tortured by Bhatt and other police officers. In 2011, Bhatt claimed that he had heard Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, at a 2002 meeting, essentially telling police officers to let Hindu anger against Muslims, over the deaths of 59 kar sevaks on their way back from Ayodhya, run its course. Over 1,000 Muslims died in…