43,059 TOURIST NOS IN 2020, COMPARED TO THE AVG. OF 1.4 MN IN PREVIOUS YEARS
No one knows this better than hotelier Mushtaq Chaya, 70, chairman of the Mushtaq Group of Hotels, which has properties in J&K and Delhi. Chaya, in the hotel business since the mid’80s, says the past five years have been disastrous for tourism as militant violence in 2016, political instability in 2018, the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 and the rolling lockdowns of the Covid pan demic have all but broken the sector’s back in the Valley.
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WHERE INDIA ISN'T SHINING
Rahul Raina’s fictional ride into Delhi’s underbelly doesn’t always live up to its momentum or promise
HOW TO BUILD A FAMILY HOME
In Dayanita Singh’s photographs of B.V. Doshi and the homes he has designed, architecture is brought alive by a touch both human and humane
BLOOD IN THE SAMBHAR
Nirupama Subramanian tells the story of the life and crimes of dosa king P. Rajgopal
SUKHBIR'S COMEBACK QUEST
On September 3, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal suspended his statewide tour, ‘Gall Punjab Di (conversations about Punjab)’, in which he meant to cover about a hundred of the state’s 117 assembly seats.
The change of guard at the top had two primary objectives: winning over the Patidars and tackling disaffection in the BJP ranks. Can new chief minister Bhupendra Patel keep the BJP’s ranks together until the election in 2022?
“WE HAVE FOCUSED ON BRINGING CHANGE ON THE GROUND”
The Covid pandemic did not spare Himachal Pradesh. Tourism in the state was hit hard, but the apple economy mitigated some of the damage. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, 56, spoke to Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa and Senior Editor Anilesh S. Mahajan on the impressive progress his government has made in vaccinating its citizens and sounds confident that tourism and other state industries will soon be running at full steam. Excerpts:
THE DEFENCE MINISTRY’S AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR A SECOND PRODUCTION LINE TO BUILD SUBMARINES, FIGHTER JETS, BATTLE TANKS AND HELICOPTERS STUTTERS IN THE SLOW LANE
DIDI MEANS BUSINESS
It took more than a decade and three back-to-back assembly wins for the Mamata Banerjee government to roll out the red carpet again for the Tatas. Mamata came to power on the back of a farmers’ movement in Nandigram-Singur against the land acquisition for the Tata Nano factory (2006-08), and it hasn’t been easy for her government to shed the anti-industry image it acquired in the bargain.
BIG BROTHER'S SHADOW
AN UPBEAT BJP HAS AN ‘ATMANIRBHAR’ PLAN FOR THE 2025 BIHAR ASSEMBLY POLL. THE TWO CURRENT DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTERS ARE SETTING THE STAGE FOR THIS
ADDED BENEFITS, HIDDEN COSTS?
MAKING FORTIFIED RICE A NATIONAL STANDARD IS A WELL-INTENTIONED MOVE, BUT EXPERTS WARN OF THE RISKS OF OVERDOSING ON MICRONUTRIENTS
THE BOY WITH A SPIKE IN HIS HEAD
Xavier Cunningham fell onto a rotisserie skewer and impaled his face. Doctors couldn’t believe he was still alive.
En la cama con Chayanne
Le quitamos hasta la camisa, lo confesamos, le pedimos sus consejos... ¿Quién no quisiera amanecer con Chayanne todos los días?
Chayanne – Un éxito más con el tema
Desde Miami, Florida, el cantante puertorriqueño nos habla en exclusiva de la nueva manera de hacer música, las redes sociales, de su relación con su familia y su gusto por la comida.