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India Today December 9, 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 promiscuity of Indian political parties is well known. The past four decades are riddled with instances of the strangest bedfellows getting together to be in power. The most recent of course is the soap opera played out in Maharashtra. Two parties—the BJP and the Shiv Sena—which had been allies for the past 30 years fought the election together. They got a mandate to rule the state jointly, but fell out after the results were declared on October 24 over the Sena’s claims that they had a 50:50 arrangement to share the chief ministership. The BJP denied it had made any such promise and, after a 16-day stand-off, decided to call the Sena’s bluff. However, much to the BJP’s consternation, the Sena made good on its threat—after lengthy tripartite negotiations,…

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3 min.
return of the jihadi

Since 2016, Islamic State (IS or ISIS) recruits in Afghanistan had been using messaging apps to communicate with their families in Kerala. Then, about five months ago, the messages stopped. The silence of over 100 such recruits—about 30 of whom were from Kerala—coincided with a massive assault on ISIS positions by US and Afghan forces. On November 19, Shahmahmood Miakhel, governor of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, on the border with Pakistan, announced the surrender of 243 ISIS fighters with around 400 family members. This followed offensives against the militant group’s strongholds in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. Since October 20, government forces had maintained a regular bombardment of ISIS strongholds in these areas, as well as cutting off food supplies, leaving the militants a stark choice—surrender or starvation. The governor estimated that…

4 min.
every move you make...

India is on the threshold of setting up a gigantic national Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS), which the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), under the home ministry, has laboured to insist will be used exclusively for “criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organisations and units across the country”. The contract bids, invited in July, were to close earlier this month. Possibly the world’s largest facial recognition project, the proposed AFRS will use images from sources like CCTV cameras, newspapers and raids to identify criminals by connecting to a centralised database called the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) to find matches with images harvested from these diverse sources. To go with how the NCRB frames it is to believe that the AFRS concerns only those who…

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kashmir’s new normal

In response to a series of questions in Parliament, G. Kishan Reddy, the minister of state for home affairs, offered a barrage of statistics to show that Kashmiris were increasingly participating in ordinary life, that children had returned to school, that security was under control and that communications had largely been restored. But the numbers did not answer all questions. For instance, the home ministry, while providing overall tourist numbers in Kashmir for the past six months, did not shed light on the losses the tourist industry has suffered since August 5 and the abrogation of Article 370, nor did it offer specific numbers of visitors since the lifting of a travel advisory in October. Similarly, the home ministry provided numbers on arrests for stone-throwing this year to bolster its…

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“MY RELATIVES, MY FATHER CAME FROM BANGLADESH... AFTER, I WAS BORN IN TRIPURA. SO, IF ANYONE SUFFERS A LOSS DUE TO NRC, I SHALL LOSE MY CHIEF MINISTERSHIP FIRST. AM I A FOOL THAT I SHALL IMPLEMENT NRC...?” Speaking in Bengali at a press conference, the BJP’s BIPLAB KUMAR DEB, the young motor-mouthed Tripura chief minister, was caught on camera equivocating about the National Register of Citizens, a white whale project seemingly close to home minister Amit Shah’s heart. This caused sufficient outrage on social media for Deb’s office to describe the video as having been faked and the stories as malicious. To be fair to Deb, the extended video does show that he was offering a convoluted defence of and praise for the NRC rather than criticism. But the NRC…