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India Today February 10, 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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in this issue

3 min.
from the editor-in-chief

On December 16, 2012, India was shaken by the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy graduate. ‘Nirbhaya’, as she came to be known, was subjected to unspeakable horrors in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died in a hospital in Singapore a fortnight later. For a country seemingly inured to cases of sexual violence against women, the horrific case became a watershed. Thousands of angry Indian citizens spilled out onto the streets, demanding not just justice for Nirbhaya but safety for women in general. Seven years after that dreadful night, justice, it seems, will finally be served. Four of the six men who raped her are now on death row. But have things really changed? The Nirbhaya case also marked a legal watershed. It led to the passing of the…

4 min.
should you worry?

The pictures look like stills from a Hollywood movie—haunted-looking people in airports, surgical masks clamped to their faces, flimsy shields against the latest virus that threatens the world. The epicentre may be Wuhan, in China, where the virus was identified in early December, but cases of the deadly Coronavirus have been reported in over a dozen countries across the world, from Australia to the US, to Germany and Sri Lanka. In China, as of January 28, there have been 106 confirmed deaths. The virus, according to Chinese scientists, likely originates from bats with over a decade’s worth of research showing that Coronaviruses in bats can cause human pandemics with unusual alacrity. This novel (as in new) Coronavirus, some scientists argue, might be even more dangerous to humans than others such…

1 min.
deadly pandemic

106 people have died in China from the 2019 novel Coronavirus (or 2019-nCoV), first identified in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei province, on December 8, 2019, which is 2.3 per cent of the 4,608 confirmed cases 4,685 cases of the virus reported in 18 countries, as of January 28. After China (4,608), most cases reported in Thailand (14) and Hong Kong (8); the US and Australia have reported 5 each 3 men suspected of being infected admitted to hospital in Delhi on January 27; 436 people were kept under observation in Kerala, but no one has tested positive for the virus in India yet 33,552 passengers arriving in India on board 155 flights from China had been screened, as of January 27. Thermal screening available at 20 airports to identify feverish passengers 423 Number…

3 min.
the war on information

The Central Information Commission (CIC) is headless again. Nearly 35,000 cases are currently pending in the CIC, and five out of 11 posts of commissioners, including the chief information commissioner, are vacant. This is even after the Supreme Court directed in February 2019 that appointments of information commissioners must be timely and made in a transparent manner. Vacancies in commissions lead to large backlogs resulting in concomitant delays in hearing cases. Appeals and complaints pending before the CIC were filed as far back as 2017, which negates the very purpose of the RTI law. Every year, around six million people, including the poorest and the most marginalised, exercise their fundamental right to information and file applications under the RTI Act. Information is sought on a host of issues, ranging from delivery of…

2 min.
citizens versus the state

The font of the movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act is undoubtedly Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim neighbourhood in south Delhi’s industrial area. Protesters in other cities are taking inspiration from the women who have gathered here every day for weeks to express their opposition to the CAA, among other things. The BJP’s increasingly unhinged tirades against this protest—with party leaders describing peaceful participants as traitors, rapists and infiltrators from Pakistan and Bangladesh—have made Shaheen Bagh a litmus test for the upcoming Delhi election. Home minister Amit Shah commanded Delhi voters to vote with “such anger” on February 8 that it is felt in Shaheen Bagh—a sign, perhaps, that these women, through their decorum and discipline, have succeeded in getting under the government’s skin as no other of the many anti-CAA…

3 min.
intimate strangers

It would be difficult to estimate the number of plates of Hakka noodles consumed in India, but it would be safe to assume that the number would be large. This in sharp contrast to the number of Indians of Chinese origin who remain in India. The majority of them belong to the Hakka community from whom the dish borrows its name and it is worth recalling that the word Hakka literally means guest as the Hakkas were an itinerant community, their identity not associated with any geographical region. The question of who is a host and who is a guest is as old as human existence and one can find an ethics of hospitality at the centre of epics from the Iliad to the Mahabharata. In the world of modern…