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India Today February 3, 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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3 min.
from the editor-in-chief

Almost eight months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power with an emphatic win in the Lok Sabha election. He became the first prime minister since Indira Gandhi to register back-to-back majorities in two consecutive elections. As the August 2019 Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey came shortly after his landslide victory, his popularity was intact, but there was high expectation that he would focus on reversing the trend of slowing growth which had been evident from two quarters before the general election. Attempts by the government to stem the slowdown have not worked so far. GDP growth at just 5 per cent is the lowest in six years. On January 20, the IMF slashed India’s 2019 growth forecast by 1.3 percentage points to 4.8 per cent from 6.1 per…

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, 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:…

3 min.
predatory player?

On his globe-trotting travels over the past few years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has frequently wooed foreign investors in the hope of bringing more foreign direct investment (FDI) into India. On January 15, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a fresh investment of $1 billion into the country over the next five years, it appeared Modi’s untiring foreign trips were not wasted, after all. However, the very next day, commerce minister Piyush Goyal stunned many by making light of the announcement, reportedly saying that it wasn’t as if Amazon was “doing a great favour to India”, and that the investment was probably to cover losses. “How can a marketplace make such a big loss,” asked Goyal, “unless they are indulging in predatory pricing or some unfair trade practices? These are…

3 min.
call barred

On January 16, the Supreme Court rejected a plea by Indian telcos asking it to review its decision on October 24, 2019, to uphold the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) definition of ‘adjusted gross revenue’ (AGR). This definition is central to determining the licence fees Indian telecom operators owe the DoT. As a result, telcos found themselves holding a combined bill of around Rs 1.47 lakh crore, of which Rs 1.02 lakh crore was owed by three firms—Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Tata Teleservices. Adding to the crisis was the fact that the Supreme Court had set a three-month deadline—expiring on January 23, 2020—for this payment. As a result, the rejection of the review petition on January 16 appeared to be the end of the road for at least one—Vodafone Idea—which…

2 min.
why kashmir needs the internet

Among the more thoughtless recent comments made by a government functionary is NITI Aayog member V.K. Saraswat’s assertion on January 18 that the months-long internet suspension in Kashmir only affected the pornography-watching habits of the local population. Saraswat should have known how much the internet shutdowns in Kashmir have cost the state in lost business revenue—and the Indian government in international goodwill. A limited restoration of services applies only to websites ‘whitelisted’ by the government, and social media is still off limits. This, despite the Supreme Court on January 10 upholding access to the internet as a fundamental right for all Indian citizens. Yes, including Kashmiris. 165 days without access to the internet in Kashmir—longest shutdown ever in a democracy, according to watchdog Access Now ₹17,878 CRORE Cost of internet shutdown to Kashmir alone,…

3 min.
an ode to anti-imperialism

The relentless debate around Brexit in the UK is entangled with the never-ending narrative of the British empire. The sun never sets on the empire, so believe those in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The powerful historical link between Britain’s empire and Brexit deserves scrutiny. Priyamvada Gopal’s book is extremely relevant in our present global times. Like the critics and supporters of Brexit, we, in India, too, have opposing views on the empire. But, blaming and praising are both sides of the same coin. In fact, Britain’s imperial project was not benevolent. Violence was fundamental to its very existence. Connecting the voices of dissent and rebellion in India, West Asia, Africa, the West Indies and their resounding echoes in Britain, Gopal tells an extraordinary story. Resistance to the…