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India Today January 6, 2020

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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4 min.
from the editor-in-chief

It’s never easy choosing INDIA TODAY’S News-maker of the Year, but our task was much easier in 2019. In May this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his party to a landslide Lok Sabha victory, even larger than the one in 2014. The win came against heavy odds—an economic slowdown, agrarian distress and anti-incumbency. It cemented Modi’s rise as a political phenomenon who successfully converted this election into a presidential-style referendum—him versus the rest. Much like Indira Gandhi did in 1971, the last prime minister to win a second consecutive majority. Modi has been our Newsmaker of the Year three times—more than anyone else—since we introduced the concept at the end of 2001. All that has happened in the past few months would not have been possible had Modi not won…

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);…

4 min.
reading between the lines

On December 9, taking part in the Lok Sabha debate over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Union home minister Amit Shah said: “Maan ke chaliye NRC aane wala hai (accept that the NRC is coming).” Earlier, in Jharkhand, he had even set a deadline for the exercise—2024. Yet, on December 22, addressing a massive rally in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government had never had any discussion on a nationwide National Register of Citizens. Modi’s attempt to distance himself from the NRC—a project not only backed by his deputy Shah but also included in the BJP’s election manifesto—came as a shock to many. It clearly indicates that the government is under tremendous pressure over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, fuelled by fear over the NRC. The CAA…

2 min.
does india need nrc?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a crowd assembled at a BJP rally in Delhi that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was essentially a fiction dreamed up by that contemporary Indian bogeyman, the ‘urban Naxal’. Union home minister Amit Shah’s repeated invocation of ghuspaithiya apparently did not indicate any government policy, at least in the short term. As for the NRC fiasco in Assam, 10 years and over Rs 1,000 crore spent to no effect and near-universal dissatisfaction—that was just the government diligently following the Supreme Court’s directions. But how many illegal immigrants (or “termites”, as the home minister might prefer to call them) are there in India? The government has been careful not to provide any official estimate. According to the 2001 Census, just over 5 million foreign-born migrants…

1 min.

“BUT THESE ILLITERATES—IF YOU CUT OPEN THEIR CHEST, YOU CAN’T FIND TWO WORDS INSIDE THEM, JUST LIKE PUNCTUREWALAS ARE THE ONLY ONES OPPOSING THIS LAW” Speaking in Kannada at a rally, BJP member of Parliament TEJASVI SURYA showed that you can be both literate and a bigot at the same time. Translations of his speech may differ, but he said “puncturewala” in ‘English’ and, as many pointed out on social media, it can be interpreted as a slur against Dalits and Muslims in particular, many of whom man such shops. Many protesters against the NRC and CAA argue that the motivation behind the legislation is ugly prejudice. In his defence, Surya demonstrated their point.…

3 min.
a complex equation

The second India-US 2+2 joint meeting of their foreign and defence ministers in Washington, DC, on December 18, marked another milestone signalling political and strategic coordination, but parallel developments also exposed some ongoing and emerging challenges for the relationship. In a special gesture, showing his continued personal commitment to advancing the partnership, and following his unprecedented presence at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event with the Indian prime minister in Houston on September 22, President Donald Trump received the visiting Indian ministers, Rajnath Singh and S. Jaishankar, in a 40-minute Oval Office meeting—this despite his intense domestic preoccupations on the very day that the US House of Representatives was voting to impeach him. Though the 2+2 meeting signalled progress in strategic consolidation, trade disagreements remain unresolved The substantive joint statement, issued after the 2+2 meeting,…