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India Today January 20, 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.

Migration has become a controversial and explosive issue across the world. The entry of legal or illegal migrants in any significant number stokes fear among the citizens of threats to their cultural identity or their economic well-being. Predictably, in this atmosphere of uncertainty and instability, there will be politicians ready to exploit the situation for electoral gain. One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises, for example, was to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out. In the United Kingdom, Brexit was fuelled by fears of immigrants swamping the country, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a huge electoral mandate at the end of 2019 to ensure his country’s swift exit from the European Union. So it was no surprise when the Narendra Modi government, in…

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, Anilesh Mahajan MUMBAI: Suhani Singh; JAIPUR: Rohit Parihar SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Ashish Mukherjee MUMBAI: Kiran Dinkar Tare; PATNA: Amitabh Srivastava ASSOCIATE EDITORS: Shougat Dasgupta, Sonali Acharjee 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 Photographer) PHOTO RESEARCHERS: Prabhakar…

5 min.
why jnu is in turmoil

On January 5, pepper spray saved Aditi Patil, 32, a PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), from getting her face smashed in by a masked man with a rod. She then found refuge behind a water cooler. Others on campus were not as fortunate, as dozens of armed thugs attacked students and teachers with bricks, beer bottles and sticks, while the Delhi police failed (or refused) to intervene. Some 34 people were treated at AIIMS hospital for head injuries and abrasions. “Extreme violence like this does not happen at JNU,” says Patil, who has been at the university for eight years. “Students like me who don’t belong to any political outfit were never a target.” What happened at JNU has received wide attention. Messages of solidarity with the students have…

2 min.
fee hike anger

There has been a transparent attempt to spin the attack on JNU students and teachers by weapon-wielding thugs as a fight between left-wing and right-wing students that spilled out of hand. The university’s students’ union leader Aishe Ghosh, left bleeding from the head during the violence, has been the subject of at least two FIRs filed by the Delhi police for allegedly vandalising university servers and attacking security guards. This, as the police have yet to arrest anyone for attacking students despite video footage widely shared on social media of masked and armed men casually walking out of the university after the beatings. There is circumstantial evidence linking right-wing student groups to the violence. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the students’ wing of the RSS, has also put out videos…

1 min.

Even after she had alerted the SHO of Vasant Kunj police station that there were armed outsiders on campus, AISHE GHOSH, JNUSU president, received no help “ I was surrounded by 30 people who hit me with rods continuously. Why would the administration not file an FIR against them?” Delhi Police PRO M.S. RANDHAWA said the spot of the “scuffle” between the students is an area where Delhi police are not usually deployed “WE HAVE RESPONDED TO THE LAW-AND-ORDER SITUATION PROFESSIONALLY” Speaking as a panelist on a television news channel, ANIMA SONKAR, joint secretary, ABVP Delhi, admitted that Patel, alleged to be one of the men seen in images from January 5, was an ABVP member, but that the group was acting in self-defence “Vikas Patel is our activist. I am not disowning. It’s self-defence,…

4 min.
too close for comfort

The US drone attack at Baghdad airport on January 3, killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, has destabilised the region. While recent tit-for-tat events led to the current impasse, the US-Iran animosity has a long history, interspersed with moments of tactical cooperation. In 1985-87, President Ronald Reagan sanctioned the Iran-Contra operation in which Iran compelled its allies in Lebanon to release kidnapped Americans in exchange for arms needed for war with Iraq. Iranian payments funded the CIA’s anticommunist operations in Nicaragua. When revealed, it left Reagan exposed to Congressional ire. In 2001, post the 9/11 terror attacks, as the US prepared to dislodge the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and capture Al Qaeda masterminds, Iran extended full cooperation in making its network with the Northern Alliance available. In fact, Gen. Soleimani shepherded it.…