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India Today

India Today November 11, 2019

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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Living Media India Limited
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52 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

3 min.
from the editor-in-chief

In a 2013 column for an Indian newspaper, Abhijit Banerjee, this year’s joint winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, made a point that sparked some controversy. Banerjee, who won the prize for his experimental approach in alleviating poverty, argued in his column about the inequality of access to sex. India’s crowded cities and poorly planned urban spaces, he said, kept low-income affordable housing beyond the reach of the poor. This, he said, was impacting their access to sex and intimacy, the right to a normal conjugal life, as he called it. ‘There are few forces more powerful than sexual desire and few forms of inequality more palpable than inequality of access to sex.’ Many of the impediments to healthy sex lives cut across…

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, Chinki Sinha 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…

3 min.
can modi make a deal?

Since 2013, 16 nations, including the 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six of its free-trade partners—India, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand—have been locked in negotiations over a supersized trade deal. Known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the deal attempts to form the world’s largest economic bloc, with a combined 39 per cent of global GDP. The deadline for negotiations is November 4, when the heads of state meet for the RCEP Leaders Summit. Even at this late stage, India’s position is complicated, because a deal will have serious consequences for domestic industry. As of October 10, negotiators had agreed on 21 of 25 chapters of a proposed RCEP deal. The remaining four chapters—relating to investment, e-commerce, rules of origin…

3 min.
goodwin, bad faith

While Mumbai still nurses the wounds of the PMC Bank scam, yet another case of alleged fraud has come to light. Goodwin Jewellers, a firm based in Thrissur, Kerala, with 14 outlets in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, had raised deposits from thousands of investors through its gold deposit and fixed deposit (FD) schemes. On October 22, the firm downed its shutters without warning, and its promoters, brothers A.M. Sudheeshkumar (42) and A.M. Sunilkumar (39), are currently on the run. Police in Dombivli have registered a case against them for cheating and criminal breach of trust. While the total amount of money involved is yet to be determined, unofficial sources say it could run into hundreds of crores of rupees. Customers got their first hint that something was wrong when they came across…

1 min.
pullquote

“I AM SURPRISED THAT THE MEA HAS ARRANGED FOR EUROPEAN UNION MPs, IN THEIR PRIVATE CAPACITY [NOT AN OFFICIAL EU DELEGATION], TO VISIT THE KASHMIR AREA OF J&K. THIS IS A PERVERSION OF OUR NATIONAL POLICY. I URGE THE GOVERNMENT CANCEL THIS VISIT BECAUSE IT IS IMMORAL” Typically refusing to mince words, SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY, a BJP member of Parliament’s upper house, tweeted his condemnation of a visit of nearly 30 mostly extreme right-wing members of the European parliament to Kashmir. Swamy was likely referring to the apparent contradiction with India’s longstanding policy on Kashmir of keeping out international mediators. Although the MPs met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government insists the visit was at the behest of an obscure NGO. Even if it were so, it’s not clear why these…

4 min.
not quite right

It is a little alarming to find myself in substantial agreement with Jerry Rao in his view of ‘Indian culture’ as a multi-layered palimpsest—not least because JR is a self-confessed “conservative” and I fancied myself as a leftist once. I am not eager to gatecrash JR’s already well-populated “we”—still, I must confess that there are many other attractive features in JR’s assemblage of exemplars of Indian right-wing thought. But alas, “a history of Indian right-wing thought” this is not. It does have something of a chronicle in it—a listing of names from the past to the present, but it has none of the analytic bite, the architecture of cause and consequence expected in a true history. Perhaps one might think of it as a generous guest list, for a large…