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.

Problem: A ... read more

President’s Embarrassments

President Pratibha Patil has been given an embarrassing reception in Brazil and Mexico. In Mexico, her appearance at the Senate was cancelled and in Brazil, she had a 15-member audience. One assumes that there were official reasons provided.

If one wonders why, it is very simple. She is an un-inspiring, old-fashioned, dull and inarticulate Congress ... read more


Couple of days back, the captain of an Air India flight refused to take off with a MP (Member of Parliament) who barged into the cockpit and allegedly hurled abuses, including calling the pilot “a glorified driver”. The plane took off after the MP deplaned.

Not surprisingly, the MP and pilot have different versions of ... read more