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India Today June 22, 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.

Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Living Media India Limited
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

4 min.
editor-in-chief

These days, we are constantly being bombarded with all kinds of grim statistics from across the world and India. The overwhelming narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of fear—the fear of infection and the fear of dying. This is not an irrational sentiment. The pandemic has so far swirled across the globe, infecting close to 7.5 million people, claiming 419,000 lives and, so far, defying worldwide attempts to find a cure or a vaccine. On June 6, India crossed Spain’s tally of Covid-afflicted citizens, and took the fifth spot in the hierarchy of countries with the most confirmed cases. As we gradually begin exiting a 70-day nationwide lockdown, the number of cases continues to rise. Worryingly, our two largest metros—Delhi and Mumbai—are the epicentres of this surge, with…

5 min.
gasping for air

Last month, after an investigation in a local newspaper, the Gujarat government was forced to defend the purchase of locally-made ‘Dhaman-1’ ventilators that bureaucrats and doctors alleged were substandard. Critics allege the machines were rushed into production and inadequately tested because Parakramsinh Jadeja, MD of Jyoti CNC Automation, the manufacturer, comes from Rajkot, the same town as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, and the two know each other well. On June 9, state Congress president Amit Chavda called for the BJP government in the state to provide answers. “We want to know how many critical patients are being treated using the Dhaman-1 ventilator, and how many of them have died?” he asked. The Gujarat health secretary, Jayanti Ravi, claims the “issue is being stretched out of proportion”. A doctor at the embattled…

3 min.
‘there is no threat of cross-voting in rs polls’

Q. Were the first 75 days of this term the toughest of all your days as chief minister? Challenges bring out the best in a leader. The corona-virus had already spread in Indore before I became CM, and there were no arrangements in place to deal with it. And it wasn’t the only challenge, the finances of the state had collapsed. In these 75 days, I have attempted to pull Madhya Pradesh out of the morass. Today, the virus is under control, active cases are down and the lockdown has helped us set up systems to deal with the situation right down to the base level. The Nisarga cyclone led to rainfall in the state and posed a challenge for the record 12.6 million tonnes of wheat we have procured. There…

3 min.
american uprising

The great American writer James Baldwin wrote an essay in 1966 in which he spoke of black neighbourhoods being “policed like occupied territory”. Since the police know that they are hated, he wrote, “they are always afraid. One cannot possibly arrive at a more surefire formula for cruelty”. America has some 18,000 local law enforcement agencies. This is where the battle against brutality will have to be fought and won Much has changed in America since then, but evidence of unspeakable cruelty continues to emerge. The latest instalment was the brutal murder of George Floyd, whose neck was pressed down by a police officer’s knee for almost nine minutes as he begged for breath, and a crowd of appalled onlookers pleaded in vain for his life. Atrocities of this kind have led to…

1 min.
net profit

Broadband rates in India are among the lowest in the world, yet remain out of reach of many. Union minister of electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad plans to roll out an initiative to bridge this digital divide. Under the ‘Vani’ scheme, which will come up for the Union cabinet’s approval soon, affordable broadband connections will be sold through local grocery stores. Any public or private internet service provider will be able to sell broadband through it. Rates could be as low as a hundred rupees or even less, with the option to take a connection for even a few hours. Connections going viral?…

1 min.
breakfast bonhomie

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently landed at state home and health minister Narottam Mishra’s house for breakfast. The meeting set off intense speculation as Mishra is the only cabinet colleague Chouhan has called on. Their interactions were presumably to break the deadlock over Chouhan’s decision to overrule postings of Mishra’s choice in state vigilance agencies. The two leaders have had a history of frosty ties, but what can’t be resolved over a session of good chai-naashta?…