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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
LICENCE TO FILL? • THE ALLEGATIONS RANGE FROM TWEAKING THE POLICY TO FAVOUR A FEW, AND ACCEPTING RETURN OF FAVOUR. SISODIA BLAMES FORMER L-G.
A PARTING IN THE LAW
FORK IN THE ROAD
Slapped by Fate
JUGALBANDI ON GOVERNANCE
NATION BUILDING • Reforming India, one book at a time
A LITMUS TEST
BABUS ON 10TERHOOKS
Chicken and Egg Row
HEAR THAT RRROAR?
On Attack Mode
FREEBIES VS WELFARE • Inefficiency-breeding political gimmick or a necessity to uplift the poor… Making sense of the great debate
STATES IN A SAD STATE • AS EVER-INCREASING SOCIAL SPENDS EAT INTO STATE REVENUES, THEY ARE LEFT WITH HUGE FISCAL AND REVENUE DEFICITS, MASSIVE DEBT AND LITTLE MONEY FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
WHO SAID WHAT ON FREEBIES
CRAFTING A REVIVAL • THE UTTAR PRADESH GOVERNMENT’S ODOP SCHEME HAS PLUCKED CRAFTS FROM NEAR EXTINCTION, GIVEN ARTISANS GUARANTEED INCOME AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE STATE’S EXPORT GROWTH THROUGH GOOD MARKETING
CARRIER OF A LEGACY • THE NATION’S FIRST INDIGENOUSLY BUILT AIRCRAFT CARRIER, VIKRANT, IS ALL SET TO BE COMMISSIONED. THE POWER AND STRIKING RANGE OF THE NAVY’S LARGEST WARSHIP WILL BE A VITAL INSTRUMENT TO ACHIEVE INDIA’S MARITIME STRATEGIC INTERESTS
LEVIATHAN OF THE SEAS • FROM ITS GIGANTIC PROPORTIONS TO THE ENGINEERING/SHIPBUILDING SKILLS THAT WENT INTO MAKING IT, IAC VIKRANT IS VERY SPECIAL FOR THE INDIAN NAVY
NO WORRY OVER MONEY • The road to financial independence
DECLARE YOUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE • Financial obligations, bills, EMIs and the ticking clock making you feel shackled? Don’t worry, you are not alone, and there are ways to free yourself of these constraints
FACETS OF SETTING FINANCIAL GOALS
CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD EARLY FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE?
WHY CHOOSE ALL-WEATHER FUNDS • Balanced Advantage Funds are a class apart and come in handy for all types of investors for the dynamic asset allocation model they follow
ADVANTAGE OF BALANCED ADVANTAGE FUNDS
LIFE INSURANCE, HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? • Here are some guidelines to help you figure out the amount your family will need to be financially secure when you’re gone
A FUND AT EVERY STAGE OF LIFE
PROTECTION FOR BOND INVESTORS • Investing directly in bonds finds the regulatory protection for gullible retail investors who do not have any such safeguard when investing in them through entities not under the regulatory overview
HOW SMART ARE YOU? • Are you ready for the retirement challenge? Find out if you are as smart as you think you are
CENTRAL TO THE INDIA STORY • As Madhya Pradesh makes rapid strides in key areas of growth, a range of experts deliberate on how it can become India’s top-performing state
“If BJP asks me to spread carpets, I will” • Madhya Pradesh CM SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHAN spoke to India Today Group Editorial Director (Publishing) RAJ CHENGAPPA and India Today Hindi Editor SAURABH DWIVEDI....