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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Presenting India Today Insight
THE MARATHA MAZE
A WRONG BOX GETS TICKED
Tamil Nadu’s Jain Spiritual Trail • Jainism once flourished across Tamil Nadu, and exploring the Jain sites in the state can offer a truly mesmerizing experience.
THE PLAGUE OF FALLING BRIDGES
MAHOBA WAITS FOR WATER
It Just Ain’t Cricket
LETTER THAT ISN’T?
Killing Two Birds
CULTIVATING THE FARMER • IT’S ELECTORAL HARVEST TIME, AND BOTH BJP AND CONGRESS ARE OUT IN THE FIELD WITH A BUSHEL OF PROMISES. WHY IS THE FARM VOTE THE KEY DETERMINANT IN THE FOUR BIG STATES VOTING THIS MONTH?
COMPETITIVE BIDDING • It’s a bumper crop of promises for the farmer, as all parties roll out a bonanza
“Our voters will see the difference we have made” • In an interview with Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa and Deputy Editor Rohit Parihar, the incumbent chief minister Ashok Gehlot seems confident that there is no significant anti-incumbency against his government and that his bid to win the assembly polls is on track. In a companion interview, BJP leader and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat expresses equal confidence that his party will form a majority government. Excerpts from the interviews:
‘WE’RE WAY AHEAD IN THE RACE’ • UNION MINISTER GAJENDRA SHEKHAWAT GIVES THE OPPOSITION BJP’S TAKE IN WHAT IS PROVING TO BE A CLOSELY FOUGHT CAMPAIGN. EXCERPTS:
FALLING OVER BACKWARDS • THE SAFFRON PARTY IS RELYING HEAVILY ON THE OBC VOTE AS A POTENTIAL GAME-CHANGER
POWER BANK OF THE BJP
THE PATIENT CRUSADER • WILL FORTUNE FINALLY TURN FOR SURGUJA’S EX-MAHARAJA, T.S. SINGH DEO, WHO CONTINUES TO BE A CM HOPEFUL?
So Who’s Soorma Bhopali?
DIYAS FOR DIYA KUMARI
Azza Pads Up
How to Eat Right • As awareness about the dangers of unhealthy food habits grows in India, here’s the ultimate guide to what’s good for you and what’s not
What is Right to Eat
What is Wrong to Eat
FUNDAMENTALS OF A DIET
A FEW FAQs
IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE FROM THE MOST CREDIBLE SOURCE
CAUGHT IN A MUDDLE • Ajit Pawar is yet to find his feet after joining the BJP-led alliance government in Maharashtra. His NCP faction bagged crucial portfolios, but the deputy CM is still No. 3 in the pecking order
POINTS OF CONFLICT • The alliance with BJP has taken the sheen off Pawar’s abrasive strongman image. A perception exists that Pawar and Co. capitulated to escape investigation by the central agencies
SMALL SECTOR BLUES • The MSME sector contributes 30 per cent to India’s GDP but delayed payments—courtesy public and private enterprises—have been its bane, impeding efforts to raise capital and scale up
HOW PAYMENT DELAYS CAN BE RESOLVED
READ CREDIBLE, EXCLUSIVE, AND INSIGHTFUL BUSINESS STORIES
Family Un-Ties • Vivek Shanbhag’s latest novel, Sakina’s Kiss, is a complex yet subtle critique of middleclass mores
Stranger Than Truth • Manjula Padmanabhan’s Stolen Hours and Other Curiosities brings all her science fiction...