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India Today February 17, 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.

The annual Union Budget exercise is a many-splendoured thing—it means whatever you want it to mean, depending on where you stand. It is paved with good intentions, coupled with great leaps of faith, even though the past is strewn with broken promises and gross under-performance. A political statement, it gives an inkling of the government’s thinking. It raises great expectations, but often ends in bitter disappointments. That businessmen praise it in public and whine in private is a given. This year was no different except that the scale of expectations was far higher, with GDP growth at an 11-year low of 5 per cent for fiscal 2020, a slide that has lasted six quarters. When finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the government’s Economic Survey on January 31, it sparked a lot…

4 min.
the cut and thrust of battle

Perhaps it’s a sign of how ugly the Delhi election campaign became in the last days before the polls (on February 8, with the results due on the 11th), that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felt compelled to defend himself against the BJP’s absurd description of him as a “terrorist”. In the sheer ridiculousness of the charge, AAP saw an opportunity for electoral gains. On February 3, they released a video in which some of the families of services personnel who have died in the line of duty expressed outrage at the BJP’s “terrorist” jibe. The “families of martyrs”, AAP claims, are particularly angry because their government has not only expressed its sympathy but also provided Rs 1 crore in financial support. However, according to some analysts, the BJP forced AAP to…

1 min.
is ‘death’ a deterrent?

Amid the great public indignation over delays in the impending hanging of convicts in the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gangrape-and-murder case in Delhi, there has been little room for a dispassionate consideration of the merits of the death penalty. A large majority of the world’s most highly developed countries reject the death penalty, with the United States being a prominent outlier. India, despite having sentenced hundreds to death in the past 15 years or so, seldom follows through on these sentences, commuting most and even acquitting a few accused. More damningly, the percentage of rapists and murderers, as a proportion of all criminals sentenced to death, has risen considerably since 2016. On the available evidence, the death penalty is certainly not a reliable deterrent for the worst crimes. 102 Death sentences imposed by…

3 min.
“we will have theatre commands by 2022”

From creating theatre commands—a single geographical command integrating assets of two or more services—to working within budgetary constraints, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) GEN. BIPIN RAWAT explains why he will be the armed forces officer to watch as he drives reform in the defence ministry. Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Sandeep Unnithan: On creating new integrated triservices theatre commands: We will have theatre commands by 2021-22. Whether you have only western commands or two western commands or two China commands or one China command, will depend on various factors. We are carrying out a complete analysis of these areas and, then, we will see what resources are needed. On how Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter planes will be distributed in theatre commands: In the army, a division has a…

1 min.
the week in numbers

7,100 THE CHEETAH HEAD COUNT in the wild, almost all in Africa. Of the Asiatic cheetah, once plentiful in India, only a few dozen are believed to be alive in Iran. On Jan. 28, the Supreme Court reversed a 2013 order that had stalled a decision to bring African cheetahs to India 8 AUSTRALIAN OPEN titles won by Novak Djokovic. Back at world #1 on Feb. 3, Djokovic, with 17 Major titles, inched closer to the unprecedented totals of Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20) 51 PEOPLE CHARGED with sedition for chanting slogans in support of Sharjeel Imam at a Queer Pride march in Mumbai. Imam, a PhD student at JNU, was charged with sedition for making allegedly inflammatory speeches 66 PROTESTS have been held in Delhi against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,…

3 min.
a primer for our times

Rajdeep Sardesai begins 2019: How Modi Won India, with an encounter with an old woman at a polling station in rural Uttar Pradesh who wanted to cast her vote directly for Narendra Modi (and not for the local BJP candidate or the party’s lotus symbol). In some ways, this incident captures the impact Modi had on the 2019 verdict. The data, which Sardesai has provided as an appendix in the book, confirm the extent and scope of the BJP’s success. However, for Sardesai, more than the statistics, it is the backstory—the key personalities, strategies and turning points—that provides deep insight into India’s changing electoral landscape. In a detailed, exceptional account of the BJP’s overwhelming victory, Sardesai describes various elements of its organisational machine, campaign build-up and important political events. Academic…