At stake is the context in which the judgment was handed down. First, Gaur gave his order two days before he superannuated. Second, the INX Media case is politically sensitive and the fact that the Solicitor-General of India appeared to argue the case on behalf of the CBI is symbolic of the importance that the government attached to it. Third, Gaur's appointment was cleared within days of his retirement, which appeared to be too much of a coincidence. … [Read more...] about Former CJI Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nomination is not the first and won’t be the last
For the billionaire who already has everything else, it’s a rare opportunity to buy respectability—and, potentially, influence. Will Bezos owning the Washington Post insulate Amazon from the Federal Trade Commission? Probably not. But as the Biden administration (assuming Biden wins) weighs which tech giants to target, it’s hard to imagine nobody takes the link between Amazon and the Post into account. That’s why, if Mark Zuckerberg were truly ruthless (and by all accounts, he is), he would buy every mainstream media outlet he can get his hands on. Any acquisition would be seen for what it is, a naked political play for protection, but it could still hold real value, so long as he treated his new toys with respect. (A cautionary tale here is Sheldon Adelson, who sought to fully weaponize the Las Vegas Review-Journal and ruined its reputation in the process.) … [Read more...] about Bezos, antitrust, and the power of media patronage
It’s a pity that the novel’s state-of-the-world ambition sometimes makes it more unwieldy than it deserves to be. Red Pill encapsulates a lot: right-wing scenarios, privacy rights, the plight of refugees, the effects of Soviet totalitarianism, the excesses of German Romanticism. At its core, though, it is a lithe and even suspenseful work that aims to illuminate the forces which shape the way we live today. … [Read more...] about Hari Kunzru’s new novel of paranoia, politics and puppetmasters
In March, Paswan had targeted Kumar over the "deteriorating law and order situation in the state", and while the CM had kept mum on his allies' criticism, some of the top JD(U) leaders had rushed to his defense. They also suggested before that Paswan, the son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has been getting ahead of himself, but the junior Paswan has continued his attack on the Bihar government. … [Read more...] about Why are NDA allies JD(U)-LJP engaged in tussle ahead of Bihar polls?
The AICC media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala has been inducted in the high-power six-member special committee that will advise the Congress president in organisational and operational matters decided in the party’s working committee meeting on August 24. AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, KC Venugopal and Mukul Wasnik are the other members of the panel. … [Read more...] about In organisational rejig, Sonia Gandhi drops Ghulam Nabi Azad as AICC general secretary