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India Today November 25, 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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The wounds of a nation, if allowed to fester for long, become a danger to the lifeblood of the country. India has had many such wounds. My constant gripe has been that they are kept open forever and are not allowed to heal. The government is saddled with commissions of inquiry which drag on endlessly while the courts are clogged with cases of national importance that need to be settled. Fortunately, we are now witnessing a phase where chapters of long-pending issues are finally finding closure. You may or may not agree with the final decision, but at least the country can then move on. Sometimes, the opportunity cost of not taking a decision is greater than that of taking one. The abrogation of Article 370, which had been hanging…

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, 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…

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presenting india today insight

For sharp analysis on topical issues by the editors of INDIA TODAY, log on to www.indiatoday.in/india-today-magazine-insight WHY PUNJAB HAS A BIGGER STUBBLE BURNING PROBLEM THAN HARYANA by Anilesh S. Mahajan It has more area under paddy cultivation than Haryana. Both states, however, need to diversify their crop patterns for a lasting solution http://bit.ly/2NFftp7 Why critics of majoritarianism on the Ayodhya verdict are wrong by Ajit Kumar Jha The Supreme Court relied on evidence of continuous worship on the site to give it to the temple http://bit.ly/36Sq3Rp Is the government’s bailout package enough to revive the real estate sector? by M.G. Arun The move has been welcomed by industry honchos, but some estimates say that the funds will address only six per cent of the total needs of the real estate sector http://bit.ly/2Q9PRT8 Whose side is face-recognition technology on? by Roshni Majumdar We…

3 min.
the long winter

The government’s worst fears about the economy may be coming true. Various indicators point to India’s GDP growth rate for the second quarter of FY20 (July to September) falling below 5 per cent. If the spate of recent measures announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman—targeting real estate, automobiles, the banking sector and corporates in general—has done anything to lift the economy, it’s not showing in the GDP numbers. At 5 per cent, growth during the first quarter of FY20 was already the slowest in six years. A study by the economic research department of the State Bank of India (SBI) says that GDP growth in the second quarter of this fiscal fell to 4.2 per cent. This is a far more pessimistic figure than the 5.3 per cent growth that the…

2 min.
“bjp is not bound to fulfil all jjp promises”

Q. What are your priorities in the second term? We will speed up work in education, healthcare and security, and focus on self-reliance. Despite good infrastructure, the quality of education was not up to the mark earlier. Students did not see value in attaining quality education as jobs came only through corrupt means. We changed this to a merit-based system. We are setting up medical colleges in all districts and increasing the number of seats from 1,400 to 2,000. Some 2,000 wellness centres are also coming up. Women constables comprise 10 per cent of the police force, as against 6 per cent five years ago. We will scale this up to 15 per cent. Q. The manufacturing sector, especially auto, is facing a major slowdown. We will focus on sectors that can offset…

1 min.
a mysterious massacre

The carcasses of hundreds, probably thousands, of migratory birds were found at the Sambhar salt lake in Rajasthan on November 10. Observers put the figure at anywhere between 1,500 and 5,000 birds, which visit the lake in the winter. Birds from at least a dozen species (some reports claim about 25 species) were affected, though the exact cause of their deaths remains unknown—samples have been sent for testing. Eerily, a few days earlier, the bodies of 31 demoiselle cranes were found near a lake in the Alwar district of the state. Authorities say the two incidents are unrelated.…