Proposed CBI Reforms: Will the Central Bureau of Investigation remain a “caged parrot”?

The Central government recently set up a Group of Ministers to propose reforms and ensure the functional independence of the CBI. This came in the wake of the Supreme Court criticizing the government for its interference in the Coal blocks allocation scam. The Court had asked the government to "come out with a law to … Continue reading Proposed CBI Reforms: Will the Central Bureau of Investigation remain a “caged parrot”?

Spectrum Scam: Confidential transcripts summarised

Some official and confidential documents relating to the 2G-Spectrum allocation scam were put up by the Hindu on its website for a while yesterday.  A read through the 2gspectrumscam document reveals a disturbing network of politicians, businessmen, PR firms and journalists.  What follows is a small summary. The CBI is investigating a criminal case under the Indian … Continue reading Spectrum Scam: Confidential transcripts summarised

Ruchika and the Indian Visa embargo

Two new op-eds in Indian Express offer substantial views on the issues discussed in the last entry: Call off the mob Article on the Ruchika case highlighting the following issues: (1) the easy acceptance of injustice in society, (2) the systemic failure which prompts the Union Law Minister to say one particular case should be … Continue reading Ruchika and the Indian Visa embargo

Idiot Box: Not just idiocy

In this post I wish to cover two recent stories brought forward by the media: (1) the Ruchika molestation and suicide case, (2) the N.D. Tiwari expose. Ruchika was a teenager when she was allegedly molested by a police officer who's also (or has been) the DGP of the state.  Among other forms of harassment, … Continue reading Idiot Box: Not just idiocy