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India Today

India Today December 2, 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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3 min.
from the editor-in-chief

India is a union of states, but bigger than the sum of its parts. The Centre and the states share a symbiotic relationship, but states are India’s real growth engines. When the states flourish, the Union prospers. The converse also holds true. GDP targets like a $5 trillion economy cannot succeed if the states are not pushing at peak performance. Economic growth is dependent on good governance and the quality of administration. As every successive state election tells us, voters tend to vote differently in national and state elections. Emotive national issues dominate the Lok Sabha elections, state elections are driven by the quality of governance. As we saw in May this year, the BJP swept the Lok Sabha election but fell short of a majority in Haryana and Maharashtra. This has…

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…

4 min.
the bid to unmake jnu

In a moving post on the JNU students’ agitation against the proposed fee hike, one of my Ph.D scholars wrote: ‘Do you remember the story [of] a security guard in JNU who cracked the entrance exam? [It] will never be repeated if the fee hike comes true…. Please India, hear our voices.’ For most of us on campus, students and teachers alike, witnessing the undoing of a great public university, the current fee-hike agitation by JNU students is but another inflection point in the disreputable, bit-by-bit dismantling of a storied institution. The process has a mascot, the incumbent vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, and it began in earnest with his appointment in January 2016. The key difference with the proposed fee hike, only the latest blow the JNU administration has dealt its…

2 min.
the battle for clean power

India, alongside China and the US, is among the top three emitters of carbon dioxide, though India is committed to the Paris agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In the first eight months of 2019, according to government data, emissions have been cut back to a point where India is likely to record its lowest annual increase in nearly two decades. The main cause was a reduction in demand for coal-based power. For India, it’s particularly important to rely less on fossil fuels—which still account for about 75% of power generated—and move rapidly to ‘clean’ electricity because, as a recent Harvard University study shows, each gigawatt of renewable power installed in India saves nearly 10 times more lives than in North America and Europe. The low-quality coal…

3 min.
what the rajapaksas’ return means for india

Gotabaya Rajapaksa will pursue a pro-Sinhala majority policy at home. While dealing with India, he will use the China card The Rajapaksa clan has dominated Sri Lankan politics for a decade-and-a-half now, and the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the country’s presidency restates that reality. The Rajapaksas are people’s politicians—they speak the tongue of the Sinhala street. Their capacity to outmanoeuvre opponents is well-known. If precedent is a precept, Gotabaya, like his brother Mahinda before him, will pursue a nationalist policy that favours the Sinhala majority on the domestic front and constantly tests Indian mettle with the China card under the guise of strategic independence and national sovereignty. Gotabaya’s swearing-in against the backdrop of the ancient heritage sites at Anuradhapura also expressed a triumphalist Buddhist identity for his nation—a signal, perhaps,…

3 min.
the missing buyer

The government seems to be in a hurry to reject the findings of a survey on household consumption expenditure for July 2017-June 2018, which showed consumer spending falling for the first time in over four decades. However, all indicators seem to suggest continuing consumption distress. According to media reports, the survey—‘Key Indicators: Household Consumer Expenditure in India’, prepared by the National Statistical Office (NSO)—which was withheld by the government and leaked to the media, found that average monthly expenditure fell 3.7 per cent to Rs 1,446 in 2017-18 from Rs 1,501 in 2011-12. In villages, consumer spending declined by 8.8 per cent in 2017-18, while in cities, it rose by 2 per cent over six years. The last time the NSO reported a fall in consumption in real terms was…