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India Today January 13, 2020

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4 min.

This month, the Indian Republic turns a stately 70 years. As we enter the third decade of the millennium, the focus of our policymakers will hopefully continue to be as enshrined in the opening lines of the Preamble to the Constitution—We, the People of India. That focus will be highlighted in this decade when India will outstrip China to become the world’s most populous country in addition to being the world’s largest democracy. The problems we face today are of a magnitude several times greater than those faced by the Republic’s founders seven decades ago. Ensuring a population larger than that of the entire African continent gets access to health, sanitation, security and livelihood will be a formidable challenge. The resources to fund these development goals can come only from an economy…

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…

5 min.
battleground u.p.

The road to Delhi, they say, runs through Lucknow—the capital of Uttar Pradesh. That well-worn reference to the north Indian state’s clout in national politics is hardly an exaggeration: with 80 Lok Sabha seats, more than any other state, UP plays a pivotal role in determining who forms the government at the Centre. Hardly surprising, then, that the state should have emerged as the main battleground—not to mention the most violent one—in the confrontation between the Union government and irate Indian citizens over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The great public outrage against the CAA, not just in UP but across the country, is possibly the biggest political challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government has faced since it came to power for the first time in 2014. Protests turned…

2 min.
politics of protest

#IndiaSupportsCAA On December 30, Prime Minister NARENDRA MODI launched a hashtag on Twitter conflating the whole country with his government and those who support the CAA. If India supports the CAA, are those protesting tens of thousands out on the streets not Indian? “ This bhagwa (saffron) is not yours... It is a symbol of the Hindu religion... In that religion there is no place for anger, violence and revenge ” Having capsized the country’s news agenda by accusing the UP police of manhandling her, PRIYANKA GANDHI VADRA reminded reporters that the more serious issue was the Yogi Adityanath government’s extreme aggression towards protesters. Without irony, UP deputy CM Dinesh Sharma warned her not to start “a clash of religions for your politics” No one will be stripped of their citizenship... I challenge Rahul…

3 min.
a radical military bureaucrat

The December 30 appointment of army chief General Bipin Rawat as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) marks a radical departure from the way India’s defence ministry has functioned ever since the British left the country. The civilian bureaucracy which ran the ministry kept the three wings of the armed forces outside the decision-making loop and the planning, training and procurement for each was conducted in independent silos. Military relations with the civil bureaucracy, which administers the defence ministry, are tense and occasionally hostile. In Gen. Rawat, the armed forces now have a serving officer heading a government department with the power to swiftly move proposals. IN GEN. RAWAT, THE ARMED FORCES NOW HAVE AN OFFICER WITH THE POWER TO SWIFTLY MOVE PROPOSALS The appointment, delayed till just hours before he…

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DEPUTY NO. 1 NCP leader Ajit Pawar has earned the distinction of being the only politician to become deputy to three chief ministers from three different parties in Maharashtra. He was Number 2 to the Congress’s Prithviraj Chavan twice between 2010 and 2014. Then, in a midnight coup on November 23, he was deputy to the BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. That term lasted only 75 hours. Finally, on December 30, he accepted second place under the Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray. He’s unlikely to get the powerful home department--uncle Sharad Pawar reportedly offered him a choice between Deputy CM and the home portfolio. And he chose position over power. POWER GAMES UP’s two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, share a peculiar relationship. Sharma is Maurya’s senior in the party but junior…