Futile flashback

No doubt, as CAG, Vinod Rai’s staggering estimated loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crores stumped the nation and put spectrum at the top of the heap of the sackful of scandals that marked Singh’s sleazy sojourn in power. But are we surprised by his recent ‘revelation’ that the ‘PM kept quiet even as the 2G scam unfolded?’ Continue Reading

Contempt of people’s court

Paradoxically, the judiciary has landed itself in the dock. The sickening slanging spree in its higher echelons and exposure of its dark political underbelly stemmed from its own ranks. Now, it is not just about some ex-judges and their past acts. The question naturally arises on what skeletons will tumble out when current judges turn ex. The judicial system has all five fingers pointing inwards for a long time to come. Continue Reading

A status report

This is a status-driven society. Everyone and everything needs a niche. All things created by God, be they sentient or not, have to fit into some man-made category or the other. Of course, G himself appears to have his own classifications, but that is a dangerous religious terrain and we will skip it. In any case, intra and inter-religious conflicts have proved that even God is subjected by His subjects to status questions like true and false. Continue Reading

A matter of numbers

A cheque deposited on Monday gets cleared by Wednesday, or worse, Thursday. However, cheques issued on Monday promptly land in your debit on Tuesday itself. That is why most of us treading on thin liquidity ice keep a buffer of two days for issue of cheques against cheques received. Also post dated cheques that outlive the mortals issuing them pack the cheque calendar tighter. Continue Reading

Big brothers, small minds

It is not that the 2G scam is getting bigger only now with the exposure-a-day routine. The scam was born big on Jan 10, ‘08 itself, the day it happened when Raja sold lakhs of crores worth spectrum to chosen buyers at throwaway prices through a dubious process which itself was preceded by about four years of even more dubious intra-UPA shady shenanigans. Continue Reading