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SA Aiyar

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Heavy fines a way, but crush apathy for road safety

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SA Aiyar The Modi government recently amended the Motor Vehicles Act, sharply increasing (up to 10 times) penalties for traffic offences to try and halve deaths and injuries from road accidents by 2020. India has among the worst road accident records in the wo... More »

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The decade is ending on a sour note for Indian economy

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SA Aiyar Gloom surrounds the end of the decade of the 2010s. The euphoria of the 2000s has been replaced by sulky disappointment as the 2010s end. This is not just a cyclical downswing. Something deeper has gone seriously wrong. In the 1990s, India gradually d... More »

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India must join US in seeking reforms to WTO

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SA Aiyar Donald Trump has punctured the notion that the US will support India’s rise as the only Asian nation that can credibly check China’s hegemony in the 21st century. Instead, he declared last week that both China and India are unfair traders hurting the ... More »

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CSR spends are no guarantee of corporate ethics

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SA Aiyar In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi said, “Wealth creation is a national service.” He declared, rightly, that wealth creators should be honoured, not pilloried. How does he reconcile this with his absurd new law making it a criminal of... More »

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A West Bank in Kashmir?

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SA Aiyar I have long advocated a plebiscite in Kashmir, allowing the Kashmiris to split way if they so choose, as the only moral, liberal solution. Alas, all political parties reject that… Continuing with Article 370 of the Constitution — as many liberals and ... More »

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Why foreign investors are fleeing India

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SA Aiyar Foreign investors have fled stock markets after the budget. The Sensex is down nearly 2,500 points. Small and midcap stocks have fallen even faster. Beyond the budget, other problems are growing too. They add up to a discouraging message: Foreigners, ... More »

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Without Gandhi glue, Cong will come unstuck

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SA Aiyar Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as Congress president has been followed by an exodus of Congress MLAs in Karnataka and Goa. The party has long been a bunch of opportunists held together only by dependence on the Gandhis to attain power. Without that glue, ... More »

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Budget has failed to create an India that can compete

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SA Aiyar The Economic Survey said rightly that no country had ever grown fast without buoyant exports, and called for policies to generate a virtuous cycle of rising exports, GDP, savings and investment. The budget fails comprehensively to do this. Far from ta... More »