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India Today December 23, 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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52 Issues

In this issue

4 min.
from the editor-in-chief

The World is Flat, read the hopeful title of a 2005 book by columnist Thomas L. Friedman. The metaphor, derived from a statement by Indian IT czar Nandan Nilekani, encapsulated the inter-connected globalised world of liberal democracies that promoted the free movement of goods, capital and people. We are now just days away from the beginning of the third decade of the second millennium. Friedman’s description of the world seems to have been turned on its head. The world is veering away from liberalism towards authoritarianism and from free markets towards protectionism. Growing protectionism directly threatens global economic growth. A 2017 international trade study by law firm Gowling WLG showed that the world’s top economies had adopted more than 7,000 protectionist trade measures, and tariffs are now worth more than…

2 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 SENIOR DEPUTY EDITORS: Uday Mahurkar, Manisha Saroop HYDERABAD: Amarnath K. Menon DEPUTY EDITOR: Shweta Punj SENIOR EDITORS: Kaushik Deka, Sasi Nair, MUMBAI: Suhani Singh; JAIPUR: Rohit Parihar SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Ashish Mukherjee MUMBAI: Kiran Dinkar Tare; PATNA: Amitabh Srivastava ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Shougat Dasgupta, 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), Yasir Iqbal (Deputy Chief Photographer), Rajwant Singh Rawat (Principal Photographer), Chandra Deep Kumar (Senior Photographer); MUMBAI: Mandar Suresh Deodhar (Chief Photographer), Danesh Adil Jassawala (Photographer); KOLKATA: Subir Halder (Principal…

12 min.
politicising asylum

On December 9, when the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, was introduced in the Lok Sabha, thousands of people from all walks of life thronged the streets at several places in Assam, in a spontaneous protest against what they believe is a design to destroy their land, language and identity. Two days later, when the bill was finally made into an Act by Parliament, Assam and parts of the Northeast were literally burning. Curfew was imposed, army was called in and internet services suspended. Meanwhile, the new amendment grabbed the national discourse as the contentious law has raised many questions about violations of constitutional provisions and India’s commitment to secularism. The CAB’s main aim, ostensibly, is to grant citizenship to minority refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan belonging to the Hindu,…

1 min.
selective citizenship

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 aims at providing citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. A person belonging to these faiths who came to India on or before December 31, 2014 can apply for citizenship With the CAB now a law, any legal proceeding pending against an ‘eligible’ illegal immigrant stands ‘abated’. They cannot be barred from applying for citizenship on grounds that proceedings are pending against them Though the act of applying for citizenship under this provision indicates the person entered India illegally, he/ she will not be deprived of rights/ privileges enjoyed till then Applicants who qualify are eligible for citizenship by naturalisation if they can establish residency in India for five years, instead of the current 11 years The…

9 min.
law of the gun

The law has done its duty. That’s all I can say.” That was how V.C. Sajjanar, 51, the police commissioner of Cy- berabad, described the police killing of the four men accused of the rape and murder of 27-year-old Disha at Chatanpally in the suburbs of Hyderabad on December 6. He was responding to questions during a media briefing some nine hours after the killings, having been asked if his deputies had taken the law into their own hands. He also clarified his position, stating that the police will take cognisance of any inquiry into the incident. But soon after the briefing concluded, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) announced that it would be sending a seven-member team, headed by IPS officer Manzil Saini, to investigate the incident the next…

2 min.
a litany of killings

April 2000 The erstwhile Andhra Pradesh police kill Azam Ghori, a Pakistani ISI agent, in Jagtial, Karimnagar district November 2002 Dacoits K. Satyanarayana and Sammaiah are killed in an encounter at Palamakula, in former Ranga Reddy district March 2004 Alleged criminal Ch. Venugopal is shot dead in an encounter near Ammuguda, Secunderabad May 2008 The gangster Aziz Reddy is gunned down at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad July 2008 Extortionist G. Suresh is shot dead in an encounter near Begumpet December 10, 2008 In an incident that took place on International Human Rights Day, three youths who had allegedly attacked two female college students in Warangal with acid are killed in an encounter following a state-wide uproar over the attack. The police say they opened fire in self-defence, killing the three during an attempted escape. Cyberabad…