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 … Continue reading Coal-lateral damage

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 … Continue reading Mrs. Rajaratnam strikes

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 … Continue reading On ‘conflict of interest’ among India’s cabinet ministers

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 … Continue reading Restraining corruption without restraining democracy