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[11 Jan 2011 | View Comments | ]
Whats all the fuss over CVC?

A string of scams have hit India at regular intervals from Bofors, to Jain Hawala case, to JMM Bribery scandal, Fodder scam, Telgi scam etc.- yet not one major Politician has ever served his jail sentence. The Supreme Court in In the landmark Jain Hawala judgement in December 1997, laid down a string of measures to extricate the investigating agencies (CBI & ED) from the clutches Government control to ensure free and fair investigation of matters involving the ruling class. However successive Governments balked at fully implementing the letter and spirit of the directives and have tried to nibble away the authority that was sought to be placed in the CVC. The appointment of P J Thomas was seen as the final nail in the coffin to which the CVC has been relegated.

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[18 Oct 2010 | View Comments | ]
Why is Nitish wary before the crucial Elections in Bihar?

On the face of it, JDU seems to be sitting pretty. Its Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar has swept an impressive list of awards during his tenure including Business reformer of the year award by ET (2009), Indian of year award by NDTV (2009) & CNN-IBN(2008), Best Chief Minister award by CNN-IBN, HT (2007) etc..The opposition claims that much of the development is an urban phenomenon and the conditions of the rural masses have only worsened. Their hope is that the rural population will not be swayed by the development agenda of Nitish Kumar and will vote on traditional issues of caste alignment and will even punish Nitish for his elitism. Behind the bonhomie and confidence of Nitish Kumar, his tension too is palpable thanks largely to the drubbing that NDA got during the last bye-elections held in 2009 where it could muster just 5 (JDU-3, BJP-2) out of 18 seats and the RJD-LJP combine notched up 9 seats and Congress 2 seats. But in a way the defeat has also served as an early warning signal to him and prevented him from going overboard in trumpeting his achievements. In fact he shrewdly refers to his own failure in the energy sector by declaring it as his next priority if he wins this election. He also contrasts his 5 years of rule with the 15 years of RJD and 40 years of Congress and calls his governance as work still in progress.