Posted in India Politics

Keeping law and order — a pretext for smothering speech, freedom

Problem: Women in India go out at night, get assaulted.

Solution: Women shouldn’t go out at night, shouldn’t wear lipstick, shouldn’t wear revealing clothes — where the observer decides whether it is revealing or not. Reminds me of Justice Potter’s remark “I know it when I see it” regarding pornography.

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Posted in General India

A different kind of VIP

A few years back I had gone to the end-of-the-year function at my kids’ school. Some performances — singing, dancing, skits — were scheduled. There was a delay in the start of the program. A VIP was supposed to make a speech and as usual he was fashionably late. We were told that it was ... read more

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Posted in Driving India

Need green to go green in India

You don’t use Chevy and Car of the Year in the same sentence. But the Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year is the Chevy Volt. Unlike the Toyota Prius, the Volt can be used like a plugin-hybrid if you charge the batteries overnight and drive no more than 40 miles (64 km) per day. ... read more

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Posted in India Politics

Indian Elections: Power to the people — literally

Typically, at this time of the year, you will have to endure frequent power cuts. However, this summer in Bangalore, power cuts have been rare. It’s possible that the demand for electricity has gone down because of the slowing economy, but that does not explain it completely. The elections are round the corner: the incumbents ... read more

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