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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
THE STUFF OF LEGEND
Bonding over Beverage
CAPITAL AND CONTROL
THE KEN-BETWA BATTLEGROUND
Trial by FIRe
MAKING THE BJP FUTURE-READY • The current assembly elections will be a turning point for the party. If it wins in Bengal, nothing will stop its return in 2024. But if it loses, it could trigger a domino effect and jeopardise its reforms agenda
‘ THE BJP’S STRENGTH IS ITS COHESION ’ • At the helm of India’s dominant political party, BJP national president JAGAT PRAKASH NADDA, in an exclusive interview with Group Editorial Director (Publishing) Raj Chengappa and Senior Editor Anilesh S. Mahajan, reveals what makes the organisation the powerhouse it is today and how it prepares for future challenges. Excerpts
THE ‘T’ COMPANY • Thane emerges as a crucial link in Bombgate. The suspected cops in the case had all been posted in the satellite city to Mumbai’s north. The murderer and his victim lived there too
THE THANE CONNECTION • All the police officers who have vital information in the Antilia-Hiran case were posted together in the satellite city till a year and a half ago
VAZE’S WEB • The suspended assistant police inspector is at the centre of all that is dubious in Bombgate
BRACING FOR NEW DISRUPTIONS • BUSINESSES ARE MORE RESILIENT AFTER A YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC, BUT THEY WILL BE SEVERELY TESTED AGAIN AS INDIA BATTLES A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19
THE SURVIVAL PLAN • Measures businesses are taking to deal with Covid restrictions in states
FUMBLING AT THE FINISH LINE • Will internal rift and controversial candidate selections upset the BJP applecart in West Bengal?
SPLIT IN THE BODO VOTE? • The BPF has a strong presence in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Region, but it might face its toughest competition yet in ally-turned-rival BJP
WHAT IS THE BTR?
CAN THE GANDHIS SAVE THE CONGRESS? • While some believe the party could yet emerge the dark horse, others feel it has nothing much to offer its cadre or voters
DESPERATE GAMBIT • The AIADMK is banking on its development agenda and tall poll promises while relying on its allies to malign the DMK to win a third consecutive term
Notes from Nandigram
GAME’S ON... • As election season dawns, political parties crank up the gears, with fast and furious campaigning, promises galore, and waxing-waning alliances
A HALF CENTURY IN THE MAKING • In their new book 1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness, due out this month, Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya celebrate an epochal shift in India’s evolution into a cricketing superpower. The year 1971, when the Indian cricket team recorded back-to-back overseas series victories in West Indies and England, marked the beginning, the authors argue, of Indian cricket’s ‘we can do it’ self-belief. Edited excerpts:
A WATERSHED SUMMIT • On World Water Day, a virtual round table session organised by India Today brought together some of the best minds working to resolve...