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Caution needed: on Supreme Court decision on Rohingya`s status

10/07/2019

The Supreme Court`s decision to examine the question whether illegal immigrants are entitled to refugee status needs to be welcomed, but with caution. It is debatable whether the Centre is right in claiming that this has emerged as a substantial question of law in the context of the Rohingya Muslim...

Grecian churn: on Greece election results

10/07/2019

The verdict in Sunday`s Greek elections affords a rare comfort for Europe`s centrists, who, arguably with the exception of Spain in April, have of late ceded ground to populist forces. The conservative centre-right New Democracy party of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has won 158 out of the 300...

Going electric: on plans to switch to electric vehicles

09/07/2019

The Union Budget has announced a bold move to make a transition to electric vehicles, and offered a tax incentive for the early adopters. Its stated vision to leapfrog into an era of electric mobility and domestic vehicle manufacturing, led by public transport and commercial vehicles, is forward-lo...

Losing steam: on impact of budget on markets

09/07/2019

Many investors who were hoping for business-friendly reforms were not too impressed by the maiden Budget of the second Narendra Modi government. After a moderate negative reaction when the Budget was presented in Parliament on Friday, both the Sensex and the Nifty witnessed their biggest fall in ov...

The visible hand: on BJP`s position in the Karnataka political crisis

08/07/2019

The political crisis in Karnataka that has been brewing for months has boiled over, threatening the Congress-Janata Dal(S) coalition government. With 13 of its MLAs resigning from the Assembly in phases, and one independent withdrawing his support, the coalition`s original strength of 118 in the 22...

A regrettable conviction: on Vaiko being found guilty of sedition

08/07/2019

The conviction of prominent pro-LTTE politician Vaiko on the charge of sedition, based on a typically impassioned speech he had made in Chennai a decade ago, is a worrying development. Even though Section 124A, the IPC section that makes sedition an offence, attracts either a three-year term or imp...

Quota politics: on U.P.`s move to confer SC status on 17 backward castes

07/07/2019

The Uttar Pradesh government`s latest attempt to extend the benefits available to Scheduled Castes to 17 castes that are now under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) list has no legal basis and appears to be aimed at making political gains ahead of a round of by-elections to the State Assembly. It is...

The last four: on cricket World Cup semifinalists

07/07/2019

The ICC World Cup has entered its business end much after it commenced on May 30. Including the inaugural game that featured host England and South Africa at the Oval in London, 41 matches were played, while four contests became victims of the fickle English weather. In the lead-up to cricket`s pre...

Union Budget 2019-20: Bucks for the banks

05/07/2019

The maiden budget of Nirmala Sitharaman has many interesting features, but it does not have a defining central theme. There were expectations of a big growth push through either tax cuts or large expenditure programmes even if it meant a rise in the fiscal deficit. But the Finance Minister has chos...

Blue-sky visions: on Economic Survey 2018-19

04/07/2019

The Economic Survey for 2018-19 reflects the views of its principal author, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subramanian. And the CEA has made bold to use the new government`s first economic assessment-cum-agenda setting exercise to posit a range of ideas that he attributes to "blue sky t...

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