India Today September 13, 2021

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3 min
from the editor-in-chief

The May 31, 1984, INDIA TODAY issue, ‘Big Budget Survivors’, featured three of Bollywood’s most successful personalities on the cover—producer-directors Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra and superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The trio epitomised the unchallenged dominance of the world’s largest film industry with big-budget movies and glitzy sets. Television was still finding its feet, and mobile phones and the internet were in their infancy. Nearly four decades later, a convergence of 4G connectivity, smartphones, smart TVs and tailor-made content has fuelled a new Indian entertainment explosion—from gangsters in small-town UP to messy urban romances, women battling misogyny and period dramas. All of these shows are streamed through the internet and into your smartphones, laptops, tablets and smart TVs (‘over the top’ of another platform, hence, OTT). Viewers are caught in an…

1 min
presenting india today insight

How the BJP plans to woo Muslims in the run-up to the UP assembly polls by Ashish Misra The party’s minority cell is hardselling the welfare work done for Muslims by the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government Why Naveen Patnaik’s Health Card scheme is a game changer for women in Odisha by Romita Datta The scheme provides for a yearly medical assistance of Rs 5 lakh for beneficiary families, with an additional Rs 5 lakh cover for women Why Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan might not affect Kashmir by Moazum Mohammad The Taliban have so far focused on ruling Afghanistan. However, their takeover could embolden Pakistan-based terror groups to step up activity in the Valley How shooter Avani Lekhara beat all odds to win gold at Tokyo Paralympics by Rohit Parihar The 19-year-old did not let the restrictions of the Covid…

7 min
bracing for the third wave

On August 29, India reported 43,000 new cases. It should have been a day of relief, considering only three and a half months ago the country was clocking over 400,000 new cases daily. However, health experts remain concerned by the pandemic situation, particularly since 67 per cent of the new cases added on August 29 came from just one state—Kerala. Today, at 209,520, the state has the highest number of active infections in India. Maharashtra, which was for many months the leading state for new infections, has now only a quarter of Kerala’s active infections. Kerala’s numbers are all the more shocking when you compare them to some of the northern states, such as Delhi (375 active cases), Rajasthan (109) and Uttar Pradesh (269). “There are pockets in the country that…

5 min
battle zone mumbai

The cold war between the BJP and Shiv Sena is likely to escalate as elections near for the 15 major municipal corporations in Maharashtra, including Mumbai. The friends-turned-foes are busy scoring points against each other at a time when the state still faces a crisis on the Covid-19 pandemic front. The ruling Shiv Sena fired the first salvo when the Maharashtra police arrested Narayan Rane, the Union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), on August 24 in Ratnagiri for allegedly making derogatory remarks against chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The district judge in Raigad sent him to judicial custody but granted bail the same night. The ex-Sena strongman and former Maharashtra chief minister, who joined the BJP in 2019, had embarked on a 10 day-long ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ from Mumbai…

5 min
from bad to worse

On August 30, a day after meeting Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi, Congress general secretary Harish Rawat, in charge of the party’s affairs in Punjab, partially walked back his earlier statement on August 25 that the Punjab Congress would go to polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Instead, he noted that the Congress has many well-known leaders in the state, “[including] Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu”. However, Rawat has also conveyed the party high command’s displeasure with the Sidhu camp’s outbursts. He travelled to Chandigarh on August 31 and met with Sidhu and his camp; on September 1, he was to meet with the chief minister and his loyalists. Given the animosity between the Amarinder and Sidhu camps, uncertain pronouncements like…

4 min
reviving brand brahmin

It was a sign of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati’s changing strategy when the party’s national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Misra decided to hold ‘Prabuddha Vichar Goshthis (conference of the enlightened)’ in 60 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The first of these was held in Ayodhya on July 23. The final one will be held on September 7 in Lucknow and will be addressed by Mayawati. Participating in these goshthis will be the BSP’s Brahmin coordinators posted in the state’s 75 districts. Misra stated his party’s intent unequivocally in a July 23 tweet: “…the key to power [in Uttar Pradesh] rests in the hands of 13 per cent Brahmins and 23 per cent Dalits; it’s the BSP that has sent 40 Brahmins to the assembly, and 400…