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The promise and perils of Artificial Intelligence (AI) partnerships-HT
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The promise and perils of Artificial Intelligence (AI) partnerships-HT

Essence: The concerns surrounding electoral bonds and the Supreme Court's ruling in a recent hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by the Association of Democratic Reforms are discussed in this editorial (ADR). Issues of transparency & accountability got further aggravated after amendments were made in 2018, to Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 1976.

The ADR PIL challenges electoral bonds as unconstitutional. In effect, electoral bonds give political power to companies, wealthy individual donors, and foreign entities, thus diluting the universal franchise of one voter-one vote. Every vote is not equally valuable if companies can influence policies through hidden donations.

Why you should read this article ?

  • To know about the recent opinion of SC on electoral bonds & issues pertaining to their transparency.
  • To gain understanding on challenges posed by amendments to FCRA & foreign funding of political parties.
  • It is providing insights into the mechanism followed in political funding via electoral bonds & compliances on part of political parties.

 

Article Link: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/needed-full-disclosure-on-electoral-bonds/article34824570.ece

 

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