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SA Aiyar

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US shows that states can defy citizenship laws

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SA Aiyar Non-BJP states say they will not implement the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) or Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or both. When the CAA was passed by both houses of Parliament, it induced little political resistance. But after student agi... More »

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Swachh budget with less fiscal fudging

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SA Aiyar After white rule ended in South Africa, President Nelson Mandela set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to inquire into apartheid atrocities. He did not seek a Nuremberg-style trial to hang all the guilty, which would have created an irreparable... More »

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Charitable trusts must not exert corporate control

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SA Aiyar Three years ago, Ratan Tata, head of the Tata Trusts, ousted Cyrus Mistry as the head of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group. Cyrus Mistry took the matter to the courts. He lost the first legal round but has just won the second legal roun... More »

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Don’t expect the poor to sacrifice for climate change

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SA Aiyar Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that without drastic action by 2030, world temperatures would rise by over 1.5 degrees, melting icecaps, hitting crops, and deepening poverty. It said the world must massively reduce carb... More »

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How BJP is fast becoming like Congress in graft

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SA Aiyar Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in 2014 on an anti-corruption platform from which he told voters, “Main na khaoonga na khane doonga.” Translation: I will neither eat (take bribes) nor allow others to eat. After the scam-ridden years of UPA-2,... More »

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Sliding economy needs serious structural fixes

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SA Aiyar When Narendra Modi was re-elected, optimists expected GDP growth to accelerate to 8%. Alas, it is plummeting towards 4%, having fallen steadily in the last four quarters — 7%, 6.8%, 5.6% and 5%. Expect a further fall to almost 4% when the July-Septemb... More »

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SC should not only be impartial but seen to be so

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SA Aiyar Has the Supreme Court, long praised for independence and fearlessness, suffered some erosion of its tough impartial image, and allowed itself to be seen tilting towards BJP? This question will inevitably arise after four successive Supreme Court judgm... More »

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UK’s swift 27-day ruling puts our system to shame

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SA Aiyar On August 28, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament to thwart his opponents from stopping a no-deal exit from the European Community. Outraged critics immediately petitioned the courts. On September 5, a London divisional court hea... More »