Every trick in the trade will be used to compromise the independence of the judiciary. That is the signal that one gets from the manner in which Gopal Subramaniam’s appointment was scuttled by the Modi government. Consider the facts: 4 names including that of Subramaniam had been recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court by the 5 member collegium headed by Chief Justice Lodha. Subramaniam had been a former Solicitor General and had represented most important institutions in the country including the CBI in many cases and had acquitted himself with great distinction. ~ Prashant Bhushan Read More
This piece brings out the details of the gory incident of rape & murder in Badayun, UP.
This is the result of a systemic rot. It has happened before –maybe not in this defiant and intrusive way that challenged everything that existed, mocked every law ever made – but it has happened and it will continue to happen unless the caste divide disappears, unless laws change, unless education imparts what it is meant to impart, unless politicians care enough, unless men are sensitised, unless our rural areas begin to permeate into the active conscience of a society consisting of people like us who think that it is made only for us and till as such time as we see all of India as one, without this great divide and understand at a seminal level that this country belongs, in equal measure, to all of its citizens, at all times. Read More
There is a common misconception, that if something is legal, then it is not corrupt. Most people in India make the mistake of equating corruption with illegality. This is not the case. A verdict of "guilty" usually means guilty of transgressing judicial legality (i.e. breaking a law). However, one may do something that is totally legal, yet it can demonstrate corruption.
Many Corporations employ an army of Lawyers, Accountants and PR personnel, to blur this divide (between illegality and corruption). They argue that because their acts were not illegal, they are not corrupt. From the recent CAG report on RIL, it has been revealed that RIL has inappropriately sunk many millions of dollars as the cost of producing gas in the KG-6 Oil basin, thereby reducing the government’s share of revenues. RIL can argue in Courts, again using these Lawyers and Accountants, that what they did is standard practice. Nothing illegal has been done! They further employ PR people to get the public to doubt if they have done anything wrong. Read More
Reliance (RIL) has made this argument that the biggest beneficiary of the gas price hike will be the Government since ONGC controls majority of India's reserves and any price hike will mean more money for the gas ONGC supplies
Reality: ONGC is Government controlled, so the Government paying the Government doesn't mean that the Government benefits Read More
For the first time, Nitin Gadkari will have to provide answers to the following questions and these will be available in the public domain as well as for judicial interpretation. Nitin Gadkari will have to explain
- How he aquired his property, power & sugar companies as well as the 100 acre land in Nagpur
- Why the addresses of certain Purti group of companies are incorrect?
Funny country, ours is. We love to hate. We are so fed up of our own miserable problems and pathetic administration that we just need a media-created effigy to direct our hatred and burn. Beyond logic. Beyond rationale. Beyond the levels of tolerance and sophistication that one can expect from a country that boasts itself as the world’s largest democracy.
But before this passionate appeal could be made to declare Prashant Bhushan guilty, it became apparent that Gadkari’s lawyers were guilty “contempt of common sense”. The “news item” that they referred to was from “Faking News” – Firstpost’s news satire offering. One can read the report here. Read More
Suddenly, 30-40 people draped in saffron attire and wearing “Modi For PM” caps surrounded our vehicle and started to shout slogans to provoke us. Seeing themselves failing, they started to bang the front glass. Don’t lose me here on! Left confused about what was happening, I tried to see through the mob for Police help but all that I could see as far as my eyes allowed was a saffron mob. I could only see cracks developing in the front glass. The cracks were only getting prominent with each passing second and the sloganeering more abusive. By now, our car was stuck in the middle of a road with hundreds of people yet none with us. One BJP supporter came by driver’s side and started hitting him on face. When I tried to reach out to him for help, I heard the sound of my own gate opening and felt someone pulling me from my collar from the side. Meanwhile, the others barged into the tempo from behind and tore away all the posters, picked up all the campaigning materials and right in front of our eyes threw everything into the drain right there placing his leader on the
pedestal of the God with the “Har Har Modi” slogan. Read More