Defamation: who should you fear more- Big Govt. or Big Corporate

Unlike many other countries, India has both civil defamation (if you defame someone, you have to pay compensation), and criminal defamation (you defame someone, you go to jail). Most other countries have removed criminal defamation as a crime from their law books. The result is that in India, not only does a publisher face the … Continue reading Defamation: who should you fear more- Big Govt. or Big Corporate

Can “civil” society also reform the state?

-writing from Harvard Law School.   Over the last few months, people have either whole-heartedly supported Ana Hazare's crusade against corruption, or have cautioned against the dangers of un-deliberated actions by civil society. Some have also taken pains to highlight how the movement is seemingly undemocratic.  One of the most interesting analyses I read of … Continue reading Can “civil” society also reform the state?

How expensive is corruption? Public Administration I

Every instance where corruption is a topic of discussion revolves around one central question (apart from the obvious immorality of it):  How much does corruption cost society as a whole?  I recently picked up a book in an order to understand the process of public administration better.  Its preface gave at least one, objective estimate … Continue reading How expensive is corruption? Public Administration I

Bullying the Indian Elephant

A recent article in Foreign Policy titled 'The Elephant in the Room' talks about how India gives 'Global Governance the biggest headache'.   It tries to make some rather provocative assertions: 1. India has stubbornly refused to sign the NPT and started an arms race in Asia by testing nuclear weapons in 1998. 2. India … Continue reading Bullying the Indian Elephant