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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
THE TWO AND A HALF FRONT WAR
SHIV SENA’S GUJARATI LOVE
‘REBEL STAR’ GOVERNOR
TROUBLE IN THE ALLIANCE
DOUBLE WHAMMY • A sudden and severe outbreak of bird flu, especially in India’s northern states, has raised alarm. How bad is it?
A SHADE OF SAFFRON
How Startup India Can Smooth Out the Snags
Trump’s New Year Gift to China
A SHOT OF HOPE • Officials exude confidence ahead of India’s mammoth Covid vaccination programme, but challenges remain on the ground
KNOW YOUR VACCINE • The top five vaccine candidates for India and what experts have to say about them
LAW AND DISORDER • The courts step in to end the impasse between farmers and the government, but the farmers want nothing less than a repeal of the farm laws
WHAT THE SC ORDER SAYS
BEYOND THE PALE • Eight rounds of talks, a few concessions from the government, but there’s no getting around the repeal-the-laws bugbear
TIME FOR BIG SPENDING • Budget 2021 carries major expectations—the government needs to rescue the economy from a morass of falling growth, demand and investment
KEY SUPPORT MEASURES
A RECOVERY PLAN • THE BOARD OF INDIA TODAY ECONOMISTS ON WHAT THEY EXPECT FROM THE UNION BUDGET 2021
MAMATA’S MUSLIM GAMEPLAN • The rise of new political contenders threatens Mamata Banerjee’s once assured vote bank. How does the West Bengal chief minister propose to retain it?
A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD • ELECTION RESULTS SINCE 2019 SEEM TO SUGGEST THE DMK HAS AN EDGE. BUT PARTY CHIEF M.K. STALIN IS YET TO CONSOLIDATE THE GAINS
POLL TRACKER • 2019 Lok Sabha election results
TEJAS GETS WINGS • THE GOVERNMENT APPROVES THE PURCHASE OF 83 TEJAS MARK-1A LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT, ONE OF THE LARGEST DEALS PLACED WITH THE INDIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY. WHY THIS INDIGENOUS PROJECT COULD BE A GAME-CHANGER
FIGHTER ECOSYSTEM • The LCA has enabled the creation of an indigenous fighter aircraft ecosystem with multiple variants planned well into the mid-21st century
WHERE DOES A LIGHT FIGHTER FIT IN? • Fighter jet types are broadly decided by their Medium Take Off Weights or MTOW. The IAF envisages a force of three aircraft types in the next two decades
BOLLYWOOD Maldives TAKEOVER • Insta-saturated getaways to desert-island resorts became all but compulsory for Bollywood’s it boys and girls in the Great Pandemic
PACKING THE ITINERARY • When in the Maldives, do as Bollywood does
IN FULL GEAR • Race driver Jehan Daruvala is helping India get a foot in the F1 door
Sixer of a Title • Having immersed himself in the game for a lifetime, Ramachandra Guha has the best cricket stories to tell
Coming up... • The line-ups of publishers for 2021 are dominated by reliable names and cele brities, with a few debut...