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Free speech and Indian Dionysius'
Published on : Friday, December 02, 2011
The history of independent India is replete with examples of the government curbing free speech as the government acts without an understanding of the three basic rationales of free speech: Self-government, pursuit of truth, and self-fulfillment and autonomy, states Karan Singh Tyagi in ‘The Hindu’.
Why we don't need this Lokpal Bill
Published on : Friday, August 05, 2011
The debate over the Lok Pal bill does not convince us of the need for yet another Ombudsman in the anti-corruption framework or talks of what’s to become of the existing one once the Lokpal comes into being. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is already superintending a significant part of what’s put on the plate for the Lokpal by both parties, including administering the Whistleblower law. Before creating yet another agency, it is good time to undertake a regulatory and judicial impact assessment of the proposed Lok Pal law, writes Madhumita D. Mitra in Accountability Initiative.
Amnesty for black money
Published on : Thursday, January 27, 2011
There have been amnesty schemes in the past, such as the one in 1997. Those were about domestic black money. They didn’t bring in much in terms of disclosed income. There were two reasons for that. First, there was never finality about amnesty schemes. There is a difference between information on account-holders being available to the government and that information being placed in the public domain. The attitude of the Indian Government shows that it is not serious and has something to hide, writes Bibek Debroy in The Indian Express.
The Pursuit of Justice
Published on : Wednesday, December 01, 2010
In The Pursuit of Justice Edward L. López shows how the United States legal system is wasteful and unjust as of the faulty incentive system. The United States is a nation of jailers as of the bad incentive system, not because of the war on drugs. Consumers suffer from the lack of market competition for legal services. Making judges more independent of political influences may reduce government corruption. Judges, lawyers, juries, police, forensic experts, and others who work in the legal system respond to incentives and things go wrong when these are perverse, writes Robert D Tollison in the Independent Institute Publications.
Tata to Raja’s scam
Published on : Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Ratan Tata has rightly argued that the Niira Radia tapes violate the right to privacy and the Government has to answer this issue. He claims not to know what the scam is all about, but that is ironic as he was the only Indian industrialist in the field to say that spectrum should be auctioned at a time when Sunil Mittal asked him to send his extra money to Prime Minister's relief fund. The Tata group has benefitted immensely from Raja's policy of dual technology licenses, writes Sunil Jain in The Financial Express.
The Pursuit of Justice
Published on : Wednesday, December 01, 2010
In The Pursuit of Justice Edward L. López shows how the United States legal system is wasteful and unjust as of the faulty incentive system. The United States is a nation of jailers as of the bad incentive system, not because of the war on drugs. Consumers suffer from the lack of market competition for legal services. Making judges more independent of political influences may reduce government corruption. Judges, lawyers, juries, police, forensic experts, and others who work in the legal system respond to incentives and things go wrong when these are perverse, writes Robert D Tollison in the Independent Institute Publications.
Tell me the rules!
Published on : Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It is widely acknowledged that the poor quality of general governance is India's central problem. There are a plethora of rules, procedures and forms that apply to routine activities, and common citizens can't easily find them. we need a fundamental change in the way common citizens are informed about the laws, rules and regulations that they are expected to follow. Here are three simple steps that would dramatically tilt the scales in their favour, writes Sanjeev Sanyal in Business Standard.
The ‘jugaad’ government
Published on : Sunday, October 10, 2010
The government of Dr Manmohan Singh is approaching the third year of its second term in office, and one thing which is clear is its turpor, and unhurried sense to major calamities and national crises. This spirit of ‘jugaad’ seems to have crept into issues of national security. Next month will be the third anniversary of 26/11 and in these three years the Government of India has failed to force Pakistan to do anything about the men responsible for that horrible crime, writes Tavleen Singh in The Indian Express.
Force of faith trumps law and reason in Ayodhya case
Published on : Friday, October 01, 2010
If left unamended by the Supreme Court, the legal, social and political repercussions of the judgment are likely to be extremely damaging. The court has inadvertently provided a shot in the arm for a political movement that cited the very same “faith” and “belief” to justify its open defiance of the law and the Indian Constitution. Even if a temple was demolished in the 16th century to make way for the Babri Masjid, what legal relevance can that have in the 21st century?, writes Siddharth Varadarajan in The Hindu.
‘Honour’ killing?
Published on : Sunday, September 12, 2010
It is plain murder to kill a person for marrying within the same gotra or outside one’s caste or community.Such practices are repugnant to one’s elementary sense of fairness, similar to infanticide or Sati system. We need a specific law criminalising this evil practice, providing stiff penalties and also making the offence non-bailable. States must act firmly and promptly ignoring electoral and political considerations, writes Soli J. Sorabjee in The Indian Express.
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