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India Today

India Today July 22, 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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3 min.
from the editor-in-chief

In business schools, they tell visionary companies to have a BHAG (pronounced bee-hag; Big Hairy Audacious Goal) or, in new-age terminology, a ‘moonshot’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a great one for this. He had one in the latest budget too—to double India’s GDP to $5 trillion by the end of his second term in 2024. It’s easy enough to set a grand target, but whether India can get there is open to question looking at the ground reality. The economy must grow at 8 per cent over the next five years to get there; what it managed in 2018-19 was a five-year low of 6.8 per cent. The budget last week was not a good start. It was a damp squib, in fact, with no ‘big reform’ signals in spite…

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: Prabhakar Tiwari (Chief Photo Researcher),…

1 min.
presenting india today insight

MUMBAI FLOODS: HOW BMC AND CO. SANK THE CITY AGAIN by Kiran Tare Behind the July 2 monsoon flooding lies the city’s crumbling drainage and poor coordination among development agencies http://bit.ly/2XynMFb Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi? by Kaushik Deka Will his resignation as party president be the final nail in the Congress coffin? Or a new beginning where the party learns to function without a Gandhi at the helm? It all depends on whether the family can refrain from exerting influence by proxy http://bit.ly/2XwKLAl Small is Beautiful by Shwweta Punj The Economic Survey emphasises the need to nurture MSMEs and help them enhance productivity so that they become job creators. But the ideas presented in it could go either way—help or hurt entrepreneurship http://bit.ly/2XB814Y Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah Picked the Union Cabinet by Uday Mahurkar It was an elaborate exercise of weighing options, rewarding…

3 min.
the presidential churn

Rahul Gandhi’s confirmation on Twitter that he was no longer the Congress president and would not take part in the selection of his successor has pushed the party into further chaos as it witnesses a tug-of-war between the veterans and younger leaders. With the Congress Working Committee (CWC) expected to select the next president by end July—a provisional arrangement till a Congress plenary ratifies the selection—lobbying for the coveted chair has started even as several leaders have opted out of the race. On July 6, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh posted a sensational tweet, asking for the party’s leadership to be vested in someone ‘young’. Many assumed he was hinting at giving the charge to Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who is close to Singh. Pilot spent five years working…

2 min.
the problem of being naresh goyal

A look-out circular by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), a probe by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and an income tax investigation—Naresh Goyal, former chairman of Jet Airways, has received a lot of attention since he was ousted from the now-grounded airline in March this year. In May, as a result of the MHA’s notice, Goyal was deboarded from a flight to Dubai. On July 9, in response to his plea challenging that notice, the Delhi High Court directed him to deposit Rs 18,000 crore as guarantee against Jet Airways’ unpaid loans to have his travel privileges reinstated. The odds of this happening are low—in May, Goyal had already offered Rs 250 crore as capital infusion from Jetair Pvt Ltd (one of his group companies) to placate lenders. Meanwhile, on…

2 min.
the passing of a ‘karmayogi’

Industrialist Basant Kumar Birla, who passed away in Mumbai on July 3 at the age of 98, was one of India’s sharpest and most respected businessmen of the post-Independence era. BK ‘babu’, as he was fondly called, spent most of his life in Kolkata, overseeing the diversified BK Birla Group, with companies such as Kesoram Industries, which makes cement, tyres and rayon; Century Textiles; nylon filament yarn-maker Century Enka and Jay Shree Tea. Passionate about education, B.K. Birla supported 25 institutions across the country Born as the youngest son to philanthropist Ghanshyam Das Birla on January 12, 1921, BK entered the family business at 18, later playing a key role in launching a host of ventures for the group. He was considered a ‘businessman with a heart’ who led an austere life…