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India Today July 15, 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

The Kargil War ended 20 years ago this month. It was India’s first televised war and one in which the media was given unprecedented access to the frontlines. INDIA TODAY covered the war in depth with eight back-to-back issues detailing every aspect of the conflict, from the furious high-altitude battles, our intelligence failure, the incredible valour of Indian soldiers called upon to perform the impossible and, finally, the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that forced Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order his army to withdraw from the heights. The thing about military gambits is that they look good as sand models, but often disintegrate in the face of harsh reality. This is exactly what happened in Kargil. A clique of generals led by General Pervez Musharraf grossly underestimated India’s political will and military…

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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 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…

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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 OIL TANKER ATTACKS: BLASTS FROM THE PAST by Sandeep Unnithan How Iran is using a simple World War II weapon, limpet mines, to signal deadly intent in the Persian Gulf http://bit.ly/2Xl0sdU BSNL: Air India of the Airwaves? by Shwweta Punj India’s once-mighty BSNL is now something of a sick PSU. Should the government pull the plug? http://bit.ly/2XjurTx Sport Your Attitude by Jahnavi Chakravarty As more and more people put comfort above couture, designers are collaborating with sportswear brands to give consumers a smart way of dressing down http://bit.ly/2Ys6pqI…

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hair-raising cuts

It has been just over three years since the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016, came into effect. An attempt to clean up India’s credit culture and make habitual loan defaulters fall in line, the IBC’s short history has been a chequered one. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) June 2019 Financial Stability Report (FSR), of the 1,858 corporate insolvencies processed under the IBC, 94 were ‘resolved’ and 378 firms liquidated. By March 2019, debts amounting to Rs 1.73 lakh crore had been ‘resolved’, says the FSR, though banks actually recovered only about 43 per cent (Rs 74,500 crore) of what they were owed. Settling for a fraction of their dues (a.k.a. a ‘haircut’ in banking parlance)—a forced waiver of 57 per cent, in fact—does not sound like a…

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fear and addiction in kashmir

Desperate to kick his heroin addiction, 25-year-old grocer Zaman Ahmad (name changed) from Karnah, close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district, regularly makes the arduous 170-km journey to a deaddiction centre in Srinagar. It’s a disturbingly recurrent theme across scores of villages along the LoC, where the drug, smuggled across the border from Pakistan, is easily obtainable for as little as Rs 1,000 a gram. Locals say that increasing numbers of young men and women have become addicted. The scale of the drug flow into Kashmir was highlighted on June 29, when customs officials at the Integrated Check Post at Attari, near Amritsar, seized a 532 kg consignment of heroin. The drug, with an estimated street value of Rs 2,700 crore, had been smuggled into India in a…

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water woes

In February 2018, it was widely reported that Cape Town would be the first city in the world to “turn off its taps”. The city was fast approaching what disaster management officials call “day zero”—when the city’s reservoirs would be so far below capacity that people would be forced to go to communal taps to get water. In the end, emergency measures were sufficient to avoid calamity. At the time, in a list of 11 cities around the world most likely to run out of water, Bengaluru was listed in second place, behind Sao Paulo. No other Indian city was on that list, though it was widely acknowledged that many of them were vulnerable to acute water shortages. In the event, it was Chennai that ran out of water first.…