India Today October 18, 2021

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4 min
from the editor-in-chief

Two drug busts last week, 500 km apart on India’s west coast, gave us a measure of India’s narcotics problem. On September 15, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence unearthed one of India’s largest drug hauls—3 tonnes of Afghan heroin estimated to be worth Rs 15,000 crore—from the Mundra port in Gujarat. A fortnight later, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a group of partygoers in Mumbai for consuming drugs. Among them was the son of a prominent movie star. India has long had a drug problem; now, it seems to be growing. The country has become a significant consumption point from being a mere transhipment route for narcotics. An estimated 50 million Indians are believed to use drugs. That consumption might have only gone up during the pandemic due to the…

1 min
presenting india today insight

Will the purge of Rahul and Priyanka save or destroy Congress? by Kaushik Deka With hardly any political managers around, the Gandhi Family’s handling of the Congress’ affairs has shown incoherence Why Asia’s longest tunnel through Zoji La could be a game changer for J&K’s economy by Shwweta Punj The Zoji La tunnel, aimed for completion by 2023, will shrink journey time from Sonmarg in J&K to Drass in Ladakh from hours to minutes and also offer strategic advantage to the armed forces How Tamil Nadu is battling temple land encroachers by Amarnath K. Menon The state has so far recovered land worth over Rs 1,000 crore. There is a discrepancy of over 40,000 acres as noted by two surveys of temple land 35 years apart Spiralling cut-off marks force students to accept colleges that aren’t their first choice by…

8 min
mamata now eyes delhi

On September 26, at a streetcorner meeting before the Bhabanipur bypoll, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee proclaimed: “Bhabanipur theke arekta khela shuru hobe. E khela shesh hobe Bharatbarsha joy kore (A new ‘khela’ (game) has begun in Bhabanipur; it will end only when India has been won).” The TMC (Trinamool Congress) chief has lately been hammering home the message that her party won’t rest on its laurels; after the triumph in the Bengal assembly election, its sights are now set on Delhi. At the same meeting, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee said it even more baldly: “Remember, you are not just voting for Didi; you are voting for change in Delhi.” There are two simultaneous campaigns in play here: the first is to build a loose-knit Opposition coalition to…

6 min
sugar bowl on the boil

The historic Gurdwara Kodiwala Ghat in Nighasan tehsil of district Lakhimpur Kheri is a major pilgrimage centre for the Sikhs settled here in the Terai region in the foothills of the Himalayas. They believe it was built by their first guru, Nanak Dev. Special recitations and kirtans are organised here on the occasion of the new moon every month, with thousands of Sikh devotees coming in from the surrounding districts. The new moon on October 6, though, was a sombre affair. The community was still in shock over the events from three days back (October 3) when a confrontation between farmers and a convoy of Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, led to the death of eight people, four of them farmers run over…

4 min
mission mangrove

For the past 50 years, the surface temperature of the Arabian Sea off Mumbai’s coast has been rising steadily, says a report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in July. Another report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) India, published in August, says Mumbai is becoming warmer and has seen a substantial increase in extreme rainfall events in the past few years. Mumbai and Surat, it adds, will see regular floods if the problem is not contained. The effects of climate change in Mumbai are becoming more stark with every passing year. As per the WRI report, Mumbai has been witnessing an increase in the number of ‘extreme caution days’—when the temperature varies from 32 to 42 degrees Celsius. On average, Mumbai records 187 extreme caution…

6 min
wooing the tribals

In recent months, a series of developments in Madhya Pradesh suggest that a new demographic—tribal voters—has risen to the top of the BJP’s ‘to woo’ list. In March, the state government invited President Ram Nath Kovind to participate in a janjatiya sammelan (tribal convention) at Damoh in northeastern MP; on September 18, Union home minister Amit Shah travelled to Jabalpur to attend a function marking the 164th anniversary of the martyrdom of tribal heroes Shankar Shah and his son Raghunath in the 1857 uprising. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also been regularly touring tribal-dominated districts on the state’s eastern and western flanks, frequently announcing new schemes for these communities. Madhya Pradesh has a tribal population of about 20 million, or 21 per cent of the state’s population. Of MP’s 230…