The Joint Lender Devastation

When the entire banking industry of a country as large as ours is paralysed to a point where it becomes necessary to empower RBI, the banking regulator, “to issue directions to any banking company(ies) to initiate an insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016”, can we agree…

My Human and other Animal Rights

Is this just the dawn of acche din or are Indians beginning to have too much of a sense of entitlement? Why do we think we deserve highways like America, public behaviour like Japan or politicians like Scandinavia? Indeed, why is it our birth right to have a house, a…

Transforming the Judicial Club

It is with a great sense of privilege, not exasperation, that I find myself witness to the great ideological battles being waged in India today. In an attempt to radically re-engineer a society that changes slowly, progressive forces are fighting to transform our patriarchal carpet bagging ‘sometimes democracy’ into a…

Persecuting victims: Justice for the emotionally overblown

Long before Tarun Tejpal’s legendary libido unfairly dented her credibility; Tehelka’s Shoma Chaudhury devastatingly demolished CBI’s case against Arushi Talwar’s parents back in June 2013. Avirook Sen’s recent book on the subject expands substantially on her critique without necessarily unearthing a great deal of new data. What neither Chaudhury nor…

Striking Disservice

For 5000 years, we have believed that the individual is defined, not by his rights, but by his duties. How this has transformed into an environment of rights and entitlements is quite the untold story. On most days of the week, the Supreme Court of India undoubtedly does very brave…

Black Money Ballyhoo

Of all the doublespeak Indians have been sold at election time since we declared ourselves a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic, the elimination of corruption and black money has remained the all-time bestseller regardless of market sentiment. So why has this eternally winning formula never translated into any effective action…

Judging Judges

Freedom of speech is a right that is gaining in value in India. At the same time, restraint in public discourse is confronting a high strung emotionally overblown hysterical form of self-expression When it comes to a conflict between constituted judicial power and conflicting political ideology, the most poignant image…

Blowing Away Whistle Blowers

Election fever this time has sent the outgoing government scurrying in search of a brave new world of probity, the main manifestation of which are (1) a whistle blower protection law and (2) a Lokpal law. Is it fair to expect that the Whistle blower legislation will herald in an…

Means, Ends & Jurisdiction

When we seek to do the right thing without adhering to both the form and spirit of the rules we have created for ourselves, all of us undermine the very ideas we believe we are upholding. Even economically savvy voters who never bought into the Aam Aadmi Party’s 1960s style…