Political corruption

Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing 1

Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing

Automated surveillance technology using drones to spot problematic human behavior in crowds is going to be tested at Technozion and Spring Spree festivals at NIT Warangal, reports the Verge. Lead researcher Amarjot Singh of the University of Cambridge claimed that their system has 94% accuracy at identifying violent poses. However, this accuracy drops with more people …

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India at 70: democratic accountability is an endangered species 2

India at 70: democratic accountability is an endangered species

Democracies are expected to empower citizens to take genuine control of instruments of the state for their development. At the core of this concept is the idea that citizens will participate in governance at the local level, making decisions for themselves, and vote in representatives to legislatures for higher-level decisions. India is an implausible democracy, …

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#BijliScam - Is the Indian Public paying an #AdaniTax on Electricity Bills? 3

#BijliScam – Is the Indian Public paying an #AdaniTax on Electricity Bills?

This article examines @santvarun’s tweets summarizing the press briefing by senior INC leader Ajay Maken and connects them with relevant information in the public domain. Three days ago, the UK newspaper, Guardian, made public excerpts of a 97-page show cause notice issued by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to an Adani Group company: M/S …

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AAP needs to find ways to make the fight against corruption more relevant to the common man

I have said this before, but it bears repeating. The common man of India does not care much about corruption. They care about what the bottom line is for them. This is exactly how corrupt – even known corrupt politicians keep getting reelected – they do things people find relevant and useful and keep their …

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Ashok Chavan - paid news

Election Commission finds Ashok Chavan guilty of fudging accounts

The Election Commission has issued notice to Ashok Chavan for fudging poll expenses and asking him why he should not be disqualified (a pointless question, me thinks – what possible answer could be there?). “The commission is of the considered view that respondent (Ashok Chavan) cannot validly claim ignorance about the publication of the above-mentioned 25 …

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Why Arun Jaitley’s notice to the blogger is a good thing

Arun Jaitley’s advocate, Pratibha Singh has sent a legal notice to blogger Prashant Panday and Arun Jaitley has posted it on his personal website as well. The blogger had made certain accusations about Jaitley’s finances. I think this is a good thing. Not the practice of sending notices to bloggers to shut them up, but …

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