To be sure though, the lure of post-retirement postings has plagued India’s constitutional courts for many decades, irrespective of the government or party in power. The question is not whether a pre-retirement ruling had led to securing a post-retirement government job, but whether a sitting judge who is exposed to the lure of potential future career prospects could be publicly perceived as acting fairly and impartially. Judges are but fallible human beings and personal biases can never be ruled out in decision-making. … [Read more...] about Former CJI Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nomination is not the first and won’t be the last
Power and politics
Ironically, it’s the same digital entrepreneurs that benefited from the decline of print, such as Larry Page or Jack Dorsey, who are now well-positioned (and would be well-advised) to play the role of hero. Owning a media property, after all, creates a halo effect. When Salesforce founder Marc Benioff rescued Time magazine, he didn’t just buy an American institution—he threw a lifeline (complete with benefits) to thousands of people who help shape public opinion. The same goes for Laurene Powell Jobs and The Atlantic. As with other forms of philanthropy, media patronage tends to be a win-win proposition. … [Read more...] about Bezos, antitrust, and the power of media patronage
To get over this, he goes for long walks around Wannsee, notably to the grave of Heinrich von Kleist, the restless German writer who explored human fallibility and extremes of feeling. He also compulsively watches episodes of Blue Lives, a TV police procedural with a twisted and brutal worldview. Incongruously, some of the cops and gangsters on screen utter monologues about man’s bloodthirstiness and will to power by those such as Joseph de Maistre, Schopenhauer and Emil Cioran. … [Read more...] about Hari Kunzru’s new novel of paranoia, politics and puppetmasters
The National Demoratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar may be in for a surprise ahead of state polls as one of its allies, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), might well queer the pitch. As the Chirag Paswan-led party goes into a huddle to decide its future course of action within the NDA, reports suggest a possibility that LJP might stage a repeat of its 2005 strategy. … [Read more...] about Why are NDA allies JD(U)-LJP engaged in tussle ahead of Bihar polls?
Surjewala has also been appointed as AICC general secretary of Karnataka, while Rajeev Shukla has been appointed as the in-charge of Himachal Pradesh. Former Union minister Ajay Maken is the new Congress in-charge of Rajasthan. Maken was a prominent face during the recent crisis in the Congress government in Rajasthan. … [Read more...] about In organisational rejig, Sonia Gandhi drops Ghulam Nabi Azad as AICC general secretary