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
Maybe newspapers are too 20th century for the modern tech billionaire. But the world hasn’t gone fully digital yet. With the Silicon Valley elite facing more criticism than ever, the more armor you have, the better. There’s an old saying, attributed (like everything not attributed to Winston Churchill) to Mark Twain: “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” As Jeff Bezos proved, it’s a lot easier to write a check. … [Read more...] about Bezos, antitrust, and the power of media patronage
In this unravelling state, the narrator coincidentally – perhaps too coincidentally – comes across an individual who calls himself Anton, the creator and showrunner of the same TV series. This is when the pill of the title starts to take effect. It’s an ironic reference to the famous scene in The Matrix when the protagonist has to choose between swallowing a red pill that will reveal the true world in all its unpleasantness, or a blue pill to remain forever ignorant. … [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?
The reshuffle comes days after Sonia Gandhi offered to resign during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on August 24, after 23 leaders, including Azad, sent her a letter seeking an overall in the party's leadership. The meeting, however, decided to continue Sonia Gandhi as interim president until an election is conducted for the party’s president post within six months. … [Read more...] about In organisational rejig, Sonia Gandhi drops Ghulam Nabi Azad as AICC general secretary