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India Today December 30, 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

The Preamble to the Constitution of India is unambiguous in its aims. To secure justice—social, economic and political—for its people. As we head into the third decade of the millennium, it is time for a reality check on how successful we have been in achieving our people-centric goals. The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index (HDI) statistically measures a country’s overall economic and social aims. It is arguably the best tool to judge where our country stands. India’s GNI (gross national income) increased by a staggering 266.6 per cent between 1990 and 2017. But, in 2018, it was still in 114th place out of 179 countries in terms of GNI per capita. Its current HDI rank—129 out of 189 countries—is even less satisfactory. Wedged between Namibia and Nicaragua, India…

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 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 Photographer); CHENNAI: N.G. Jaison (Senior…

1 min.
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 CHALLENGES FOR NEXT ARMY CHIEF GENERAL NARAVANE by Sandeep Unnithan The new army chief heads a force in the grip of a budgetary crunch that could stymie its modernisation drive http://bit.ly/2sxgbgm While Bengal was burning by Romita Datta Why didn’t the state put a stop to the violence over the CAA-NRC issue? Votebank politics is forcing Mamata Banerjee and the BJP to play a dangerous game http://bit.ly/2YYJKDK CAA done, over to Clause 6 of Assam Accord now by Kaushik Deka As Assam erupts again in protest against the CAA, the government needs to speedily implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which aims to protect the identity of the Assamese people http://bit.ly/38M7Vtp Data Protection Bill: Govt breaks silence but secrecy remains…

3 min.
that sinking feeling

Macroeconomic figures recently released by the government point to a looming dilemma for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its quest to fuel growth. Though industrial growth continues to lag—and even fall—the central bank now has little room to lower key interest rates to boost growth, as high inflation has become a credible danger. This is unlike the past several months, when low inflation helped the RBI justify its 1.35 percentage point cut in repo rates (the rate at which commercial banks borrow from the central bank) from the beginning of calendar 2019 till date. While the rising prices of onions, vegetables and pulses have taken retail food inflation into double digits (10.1 per cent in November 2019), industrial growth, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), went…

2 min.
a roll call of dishonour

Pakistan’s military dictators have historically enjoyed untrammelled power. For as long as they ruled, that is. Once out of office, they met with public disgrace, and on one occasion, a violent end. Their fate is perhaps the reason the military now prefers to rule by proxy, a strategy that will acquire further legitimacy after the death sentence handed to Gen. Pervez Musharraf on December 17 by a three-judge bench of the Peshawar High Court. GEN. MUHAMMAD ZIA-UL-HAQ 1924-1988 Overthrew President Bhutto in 1977 and declared martial law. A civil court sentenced the hapless former president to death in 1979 for ordering the murder of a political opponent. Pakistan became a nuclear weapons power under Zia and a frontline state in the US-led war against Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. Initiated the ‘K2’ plan to bleed India…

3 min.
the coming of an orwellian state

Last week, the Indian State put on a rather harrowing display of its police powers as it responded to protests around the new citizenship law with curfews, internet shutdowns and police violence. Around the same time, it offered us another example of disproportionate state control over individual rights and civil liberties through the new personal data protection bill. The government’s version of the data protection bill exempts it from the law, giving it unrestricted access to personal data A data protection law is meant to safeguard our privacy and should ideally give us more control over our personal information. But the version of the bill tabled in Parliament last week empowers the central government to exempt any government agency from some or all of its provisions through a simple notification. The government…