Uber Rubbish

The tragic rape of a girl in an Uber cab triggered the usual tryst with unreality. The Delhi Government’s Transport Department immediately ‘banned’ internet cab aggregators- including Uber, Taxi-for-Sure and Ola- from operating in Delhi. Meanwhile, Delhi Police registered an FIR against Uber for misleading customers by falsely suggesting that…

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…

Commercial Common Sense Justice

The judiciary is ambivalent on the sanctity of commercial contracts. All too often, the judge prioritises a quest for what he thinks is justice over the integrity of contracts in the market place. To make India a wealthy country, we don’t need to read Arnold Toynbee’s twelve volume “A Study…

The Future Of Firebomb Feminism

If you are a women and live in India’s Rape Capital, the good news is that you are at a much lower risk of rape than sensationalists would have you believe. Modern attitudes to permissive relationships may have served to greatly enrich the lives of some business executives but the…

Jailbird Republic

It seems that the default way to enforce resolve disputes these days is to employ the services of swashbuckler Station House Officers and file criminal cases in order to intimidate or imprison those with whom you do not agree. The great tragedy of our democracy is not that 22.1 per…

My Wages For Your Sins

Why in this world of paralysed time and frozen turbulence, Supreme Court senior counsel aren’t taken seriously till they make Rs 10 lakh a day ! “Can’t you see”, Pink Floyd’s singer song writer Roger Waters berated us in 1984, “it all makes perfect sense, expressed in dollars and cents”.…

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…

The Fender Bender

I had the quintessential Delhi crash experience the other day when a lady, driving her car with an infant on the front passenger seat, rear-ended our four-wheeler. She emerged dazed from her sub compact while her child wailed. My car was pretty undamaged: as for her car, I couldn’t say…