Murky land deals in Haryana

Its partly amusing when public perception (not necessarily knowledge) is proven right. This article in The Hindu today investigates the murky land deals in Haryana, particularly in and around Gurgaon, where my office is one of the many located in shiny glass buildingsLast week, Business Standard reported that the 3.53-acre plot of land in Manesar …

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Inaction as corruption

The Hindu reports that former Cabinet Secretary Chandrashekhar deposed to JPC investigation that he had submitted a note to the PM recommending an entry fee of Rs. 36,000 crore (as opposed to the then set price of Rs. 1650 crore)  According to Mr. Chandrashekhar, the note was submitted on December 4, 2007. More importantly, it was …

Coal-lateral damage

In an earlier post, I wroteMr. S. Jagatahrakshan, the current Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has disclosed that his son and daughter own shares worth over INR 3.2 crore in Pranav Communications Pvt Ltd., a media company with interests in licences from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting! Possibly an unfair insinuation - but this minister's assets …

Mrs. Rajaratnam strikes

Asha P. Rajaratnam ✆ rajaratnamasha@galleon.com03:38 (19 hours ago)to undisclosed recipientsWhy is this message in Spam? It's similar to messages that have been detected by our spam filters.  Learn moreNamaste,My name is Asha Rajaratnam,I am the wife of Raj Rajaratnam founder of  the Galleon Group ,New York.I do have a proposal for you,which would be of financial benefits to you …

On ‘conflict of interest’ among India’s cabinet ministers

In this piece for livemint, Doug and I make reference to the need to take 'conflict of interest' of politicians and policymakers seriously. So while there are rules that restrict legislators from holding 'offices of profit' under the state and central government, there is no rule that restricts them from having direct financial stakes in …

Restraining corruption without restraining democracy

We, and many others, breathed a collective sigh of relief when, two weeks ago, Indian politicians resolved the Anna crisis by doing what politicians do best: placating an angry public through high minded rhetoric and vague commitments. No doubt they will find a way out of fulfilling these already weak commitments. Or, at least, we …