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…