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SA Aiyar

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Congress gave slogans, Modi made them real

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SA Aiyar Why did Congress fare so badly in the General Election? One reason is that it devised catchy slogans that made media headlines but didn’t translate into votes since they were not grounded in reality. The best example is Rahul Gandhi’s sneer that Naren... More »

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BJP’s rural votes show talk of farm crisis misleading

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SA Aiyar Annual GDP growth fell from 6.9% in 2017-18 to 6.8% in 2018-19. Worse, GDP in the latest January-March 2019 quarter slowed to just 5.8%. Yet Narendra Modi swept the general election. The BJP’s national vote share rose from 31.3% to 37.5%. In the seats... More »

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Why Modi needs to return to his old slogan

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SA Aiyar Narendra Modi won the 2014 election with the slogan, “minimum government, maximum governance.” In practice, government intervention in the economy often increased and governance often worsened. Having won a landslide, Modi should return to his old slo... More »

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It’s time we have Right to Ridicule as basic freedom

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SA Aiyar Laugh, your honour, it’s just a joke. Last week, West Bengal Police arrested Priyanka Sharma, a BJP worker, for sharing a meme on the internet that photoshopped the face of chief minister Mamata Banerjee onto the body of a film actress. Such memes are... More »

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BJP’s unfair edge is TV and radio, not Modi biopic

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SA Aiyar The Election Commission is supposed to ensure free and fair elections, preventing any party from getting preferential treatment in voter outreach. In pursuance of this ideal, says the Commission, it has stopped the biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’, starring ... More »

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Competition kills one more crony

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SA Aiyar Leftist critics say economic liberalisation after 1991 led to the rise of crony capitalists blessed with political favours rather than business skills. The downfall of Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways tells a very different tale. He joins a growing list of... More »

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SWOT analysis shows NDA well ahead of UPA

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SA Aiyar What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA? Here is a quick SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis. First, consider the NDA. Strengths: 1. Modi is easily India’s most popular politicia... More »

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How a diplomatic blunder got lost in din of Balakot

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SA Aiyar The Balakot drama drowned discussion of an important event at the time – the US gave notice to withdraw zero-duty entry for Indian exports under its Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP). The US said Indian protectionism was unfairly hurting US expo... More »

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Rahul’s minimum income plan is fatally flawed

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SA Aiyar Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi Hatao’ swept the polls in 1971. Rahul Gandhi hopes to follow suit with NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), promising a minimum income of Rs 72,000 per year to the 50 million poorest families. Garibi Hatao flopped badly. So will NYAY unl... More »