Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cheat funds

COVER STORY scam chit funds Financial scams and scandals rock the country on a regular basis. Promising quick money to gullible small investors, these scamsters make a killing and then vanish into thin air. And what does the system do—it … Continue reading

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Exploiting the loopholes

COVER STORY regulation chit funds Whenever there is a scam, the government and regulators realise the need to plug loopholes in the law. But, after a lull, unscrupulous operators are back in business, promising the moon, and investors again fall … Continue reading

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Jignesh Shah goes free again

GOVERNANCE scam nsel The Bombay High Court recently granted Jignesh Shah bail after 107 days in jail in the Rs. 5,600-crore National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam. Justice AM Thipsay said in his order: “I am granting him bail… since … Continue reading

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Modi: Taking a leaf out of JP’s book?

GOVERNANCE inclusion mg devasahayam AS Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out with his first discourse on inclusive governance while addressing the nation on August 15, 2014, he spoke of governing India through sahmati (consensus), not bahumati (majority), and sought the … Continue reading

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Babus rule the airwaves

FOLLOW-UP broadcasting poonam dabas THERE has been a spurt of media articles, editorials and television debates after the new Government has come to power giving the impression that the government is exerting bureaucratic control to manipulate the working of the … Continue reading

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Kashmir : The Simmering Dish

STATE SCAN kashmir mk kaw A few years back, I asked Maharajkrishna Rasgotra, ex-Foreign Secretary, as to what he thought would happen to the Kashmir situation 20 years later. “It is simmering today. Twenty years hence, I guess it will … Continue reading

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Whither Congress?

POLITICS congress shubhabrata bhattacharya Obsessed with the demand for it to be granted the position of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha, the Congress seems oblivious to the fact that as an organisation it is not quite positioned … Continue reading

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THE UNUSUAL BUREAUCRAT

FIRST STIRRINGS rasheda hussain Her name, Rasheda Hussain, itself is loaded with meaning. Rasheda is derived from Rashid—one of the 99 names of Allah meaning “The Guide” or “one who takes to the right path”—and Hussain was the son of … Continue reading

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Police must acquire a human face

MY CORNER police amitabh thakur RECENTLY, I went to the UP Police Academy in Moradabad to deliver a lecture to Deputy SP probationers. There a probationer shot a question: “These days so much focus is being given to humane policing. … Continue reading

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From Kak Bhushundi to Kaw

BOOK REVIEW humour non-fiction IT is believed that, during his wanderings in the Himalaya after renouncing the world, Sant Tulsidas met Kak Bhushundi, the mythical sacred crow to whom god Shiva had related the story of Lord Rama. Kak Bhushundi … Continue reading

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