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.
A SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY
TRACKING DELTA • The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus was largely responsible for India’s massive second wave of infections. With Delta Plus showing other immune-escape features not seen in Delta, authorities are on high alert
The Contours of Delimitation
DRONE BOMBERS • The suspected drone attack on the Jammu air force base on June 27 reveals the new capabilities that non-state actors have to carry out terror strikes
NEW HURDLES FOR BIG E-TAIL
The Rise and Rise of the Communist Party of China
The Mayor and the Muck
INDIA’S UNICORN BOOM • It has been a rich period for India’s start-up ecosystem, with as many as 48 newborn businesses riding the new digital wave to command valuations of $1 billion or more. Can they live up to their early promise and create sustainably profitable businesses?
REWRITING THE RULES • Indian unicorns have challenged the status quo in many sectors, but they have flourished the most in financial technology and software as a service (SaaS) businesses
THE GOLD RUSH
MOST ACTIVE UNICORN INVESTORS
Top of the Class
Cracking the Hunger Game
FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING
News & Views of Your Own
THE PREMIER LEAGUE
THE NEW CHALLENGERS
LONG IN THE PIPELINE
DIVIDED OVER UNIFIED COMMANDS • The government’s plan to replace 17 single-service commands with four theatre commands hits an air pocket--opposition from the IAF. Will its objections stymie the creation of military theatres?
FIXING THE FAULT LINES • YOGI ADITYANATH AND THE BJP GET POLL-READY IN UTTAR PRADESH WITH A MIX OF HINDUTVA, DALIT OUTREACH AND ADMINISTRATIVE DAMAGE CONTROL
YOGI ADITYANATH’S LEADERSHIP STYLE
CLINICS ON WHEELS BATTLE CORONA
A MOVING FORCE
NO STOPPING HER NOW • UNDAUNTED AND UNFAZED, TAAPSEE PANNU IS RISING TO THE TOP ON HER OWN TERMS
FOREVER MODERN • Satyajit Ray was ahead of his time, but should his writing be given a contemporary spin?
Death of the Hindi Film Soundtrack • YouTube-friendly hits have now come to replace the soulful Hindi film albums we once knew
SINGING TRUTH TO POWER • Suryakant Sawhney a.k.a. Lifafa says he wants to live a life free from politics but his new album shows that’s just not happening...
Another Bend in the RIVER • SAMRAT CHOUDHURY TELLS THE STORY OF AN EVER-SHIFTING BRAHMAPUTRA WITH A LIGHTNESS THAT ONLY HELPS DEEPEN HIS BOOK’S GRAVITY
GIRL, INTERRUPTED • Farah Bashir’s memoir of growing up in Kashmir is haunted by both absent comforts and present traumas
IN THE LEAD • As one of the four shorts in Ray makes clear, actor Kay Kay Menon has always had the talent it takes to carry a film on his shoulders