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India Today November 18, 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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In his seminal 1859 essay ‘On Liberty’, the English philosopher John Mills outlined three dangers to an individual’s personal freedoms. The oldest of which was the tyranny of the one over the many. A newer form (at the time) was the rule of the many over the few; in other words, the tyranny of the majority, which democracies are increasingly becoming subject to. The third was the rule of custom and tradition, which straitjacketed individuals and forced them to conform. Mills’ concerns have persisted over the years and continue to manifest themselves even today, 160 years later. The 21-month Emergency between 1975 and 1977, where personal freedoms were suspended, the opposition jailed and the press muzzled, was our democracy’s darkest hour. It was a reminder of why the world’s largest democracy…

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india today

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lungfuls of smoke

Since the beginning of this month, the national capital, barely visible underneath a poisonous smog, has been the subject of apocalyptic headlines and post-apocalyptic photographs. It’s an annual event now, the ascent of Delhi, as happened on November 3, to the top of the list of the world’s most polluted cities, as measured by the presence of ‘particulate matter’, tiny, deadly particles in the air we inhale, which turns our lungs into those of chronic smokers, gives our children respiratory illnesses and kills over a million people across India each year. Even as the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Protection (Pollution and Control) Authority declared the air pollution a public health emergency—a survey of Delhi residents showed some 40 per cent wanted to move to other cities because of the air quality—the Haryana,…

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capital emergency

The smog that shrouds so many north Indian cities at this time of the year has disastrous effects on the health of citizens—Indians lose years of their lives to illnesses directly attributable to pollution. The economy loses hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity. The central government has ambitious targets to reduce toxicity levels in dozens of cities, but the financial commitment to these stated goals is questionable. The states worst affected seem more focused on passing the blame than finding solutions to a problem that doesn’t recognise state borders. Meanwhile, hapless citizens await policy-level interventions that demonstrate an acknowledgement of this national emergency. 195,546 CHILDREN DIED in 2017 from lower respiratory tract infections); 185,422 victims were under the age of five 999 AIR QUALITY INDEX The reading that many air quality…

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demography redux

My grandmother had eight siblings, my mother, two, and I, none. This familiar pattern is indicative of the demographic transition that every society on earth has gone or is going through—from a regime of high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates. Since death rates tend to plummet first, societies experience a surge in population growth rates, after which they stabilise or even turn negative, as in Japan, where death rates now outstrip birth rates. The empirical regularity of this phenomenon has attracted the attention of demographers for nearly a century and made its way to the general public, usually in apocalyptic terms. In 1973, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb warning against the consequences of rapid population growth, then being experienced around the world. More recently,…

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crime and punishment

If visuals of the scuffle that broke out on November 2 between the Delhi Police and lawyers at Tis Hazari Court were an indicator of lawlessness among law enforcers, two recent reports raise deeper questions about the state of crime—and punishment—in India. ‘Crime in India, 2017’, released on October 22 by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), and ‘India Justice Report, 2019’ (IJR 2019), released by Tata Trusts on November 7, are telling commentaries on the state of policing, the prison system, the judiciary—and the government’s seeming inability to do anything about it. And this when critics have said the NCRB report is economical with the truth. The government won’t reveal numbers of farmers suicides or victims of mob lynching even though this data has been collected. Statistics we do…