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India Today

March 2, 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.

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Living Media India Limited
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3 minutos
from the editor-in-chief

There are four activities that societies have never been able to successfully ban or control: gambling, alcohol/ drugs, prostitution and pornography. Among these, pornography was, for a long time, the most susceptible to control. No longer. INDIA TODAY has tracked the growth of pornography since our cover dated December 1978. Since the arrival of the Internet, it has become almost impossible to control its proliferation. Few recent inventions have changed our lives as radically as the Internet has. Its reach and ability to network billions of humans, inform, illuminate and entertain, is as life-changing as the development and harnessing of electric power in the 19th century. But as is the case with all technology, there is a dark side to the Internet too. It has given sociopaths corners to hide and…

6 minutos
‘green shoots’ in j&k?

Six months after a shocking constitutional coup to effectively abrogate its special status under Article 370 and its downsizing to a Union territory, efforts are on to showcase Jammu and Kashmir’s return to normalcy. On February 12-13, a delegation of 25 envoys of European Union member countries, including the EU ambassador to India, Ugo Astuto, were taken on a guided tour of the state, orchestrated by the Union ministry for external affairs, during which they met a select group of politicians, civil society members and mediapersons. Byelections were scheduled on March 5—and then deferred for three weeks over security concerns—to nearly 13,000 panchayats, in a first attempt at a seemingly democratic electoral exercise since August 5, 2019. In May, the administration hopes to host the J&K Global Investors Summit 2020, for which…

1 minutos
snapshots of a shutdown

₹ 17,878.2 crore Kashmir’s economic losses (Aug 5 to Dec 3), as per Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) report 496,000 Jobs lost in the same period (KCCI) ₹ 1,056 crore J&K tourism losses (KCCI) 43,000 Tourist arrivals in Aug-Dec, compared with >300,000 in the same period last year (Indiaspend) 174 days Of total internet shutdown in Kashmir; only low-speed (2G) mobile internet restored on Jan. 25; state-owned BSNL broadband internet, which caters to almost 90 per cent people, still suspended 1,485 Websites ‘whitelisted’ so far, not including local news websites; ban continues on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp…

3 minutos
the phenomenal mr menon

Basu’s description of Menon’s efforts to persuade, cajole or induce the sometimes obdurate rulers is nothing short of captivating Narayani Basu’s book on V.P. Me-non has stoked a significant controversy because of a few pages where she asserts that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had failed to include Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the initial cabinet list. It has become the subject of a fraught public debate, with prominent historians and politicians alike weighing in. It is simply beyond the scope of this brief review to adjudicate the merits of the issue. Undoubtedly, in the fullness of time, the matter will be effectively resolved and disposed of. That said, this book is the result of painstaking research in multiple archives, the culling of evidence drawn from memoirs and the deft use of oral histories.…

2 minutos
gender equality in the army

Upbraided for their “disturbing” arguments, the government must now accept the Supreme Court’s verdict that women officers too deserve the opportunity to ascend to the top ranks of the Indian army. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi seized on the court’s decision and said on social media that the BJP had “disrespected every Indian woman by arguing in the SC that women Army officers... were inferior to men”. Part of the government’s argument was that the men in the army, most of whom are from rural backgrounds, were not prepared to accept commands from women. The government, though, seemed not to recognise the irony of its position, given its dubious contention that “motherhood, childcare and psychological limitations” should limit a woman’s career in the army. That said, the Supreme Court demurred on…

3 minutos
a party adrift

The recently concluded Delhi assembly election was practically a bipolar contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); the Congress did not even seem interested in putting up a fight. But after the election results were released, this apparent indifference turned into a series of fractious fights. Taking responsibility for the defeat, AICC in-charge of Delhi P.C. Chacko resigned, but tried to shift the blame to former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away on July 20 last year. “The downfall of the Congress party started in 2013 when Sheilaji was the CM,” he said. This drew sharp criticism, with former Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora saying it was unfortunate to see Sheila Dikshit being blamed after her death. Deora himself stepped into the line of…