The high court had in 2014 held both parties guilty of violating FCRA norms for accepting donations from London-based mining firm Vedanta.
“I was sent to prison for 23 days for sedition in 2010. Even then I wasn’t thrashed like this. I had a lot of faith in the police. That’s gone completely now.”
The RBI governor’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with debt default did not go down well with the big business interests, leaving the political class feeling uncomfortable and insecure.
Sponsors like Vedanta give money to festivals in order to buy the power of controlling the narrative, not out of the goodness of their hearts.
Hopefully, in future, the critics will be more constructive and open to debate than the crowd that failed to shut down JLF SouthBank last weekend.
The Odisha government’s move in the Supreme Court against Niyamgiri’s gram sabha resolutions may have been dismissed, but its revived bid to mine the mountain for Vedanta further alienates local Adivasis.
If election funds are collected from corporates and high net worth individuals through a cess which is put in a common pool and administered by the Election Commission, direct deal making between political parties and big business houses can be minimised. This, by itself, would be a major reform.
From 2004 to 2010, there are at least 25 instances of the BJP and Congress receiving funding from the Indian subsidiaries of foreign companies.
Party calls on all non-BJP, non-Congress parties to defeat the amendment in parliament.
The need to ease out the influence of New Age gurus is more immediate than ever. Otherwise, the stranglehold of religious cults on governments would become a reality sooner than later.
In this excerpt from his new book, T.N. Ninan looks at how the tension between these two goals is playing out in Indian today
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