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Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar, a former Union minister who has held portfolios like Panchayati Raj, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Youth Affairs and Sports, is an MP and a social commentator.

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Lost sheen of the IFS

On October 9, the Indian Foreign Service entered the 75th year of its existence. A

By Mani Shankar Aiyar October 25, 2020

Whither parliamentary democracy?

After 13 months of incarceration, Dr Farooq Abdullah, MP and several times chief

By Mani Shankar Aiyar October 11, 2020

Shooting from the lip

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (The Indian Express, September 10) has

By Mani Shankar Aiyar September 27, 2020

The Congress’s unique adhesive

I suspect that if someone were to take a poll of editors, TV anchors, columnists and

By Mani Shankar Aiyar September 13, 2020

Can violence be sacred, democratic?

Swapan Dasgupta’s claim in a newspaper column that the Ram Mandir “links antiquity

By Mani Shankar Aiyar August 30, 2020

The perils of presidentialism

Shashi Tharoor in a newspaper article has attempted to revive an old argument about

By Mani Shankar Aiyar August 16, 2020

Fix with flexibility

If Pakistan had not been torn out of Mother India, our most difficult neighbour

By Mani Shankar Aiyar August 02, 2020

Pax Sinica: Did China-watchers caution Modi?

The elite corps of our foreign service are the Mandarin-speaking China experts. It

By Mani Shankar Aiyar July 19, 2020

Strive for a settlement

The India-China border in the western sector is neither defined, delimited or

By Mani Shankar Aiyar July 05, 2020

Reassert our nonalignment

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, in an article in the highly

By Mani Shankar Aiyar June 21, 2020

Insensitive diplomacy at its peak

The current stand-off between India and Nepal is over an isosceles triangle-shaped

By Mani Shankar Aiyar June 07, 2020

Gujarat model of failure

On May 9, The Indian Express carried two apparently unrelated Covid-19 stories on

By Mani Shankar Aiyar May 24, 2020

Corona, communalism and class conflict

As in a time of war, the Covid-19 pandemic should have united our country. Instead,

By Mani Shankar Aiyar May 10, 2020

Pots, pans and the pandemic

If Narendra Modi had ever been really poor, his first thoughts on Covid-19 would

By Mani Shankar Aiyar April 26, 2020

Eight takeaways from Shaheen Bagh

The 100-day protest at Shaheen Bagh is over, worsted not by the Narendra Modi

By Mani Shankar Aiyar April 12, 2020
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