Switzerland

Indian Express Swiss Leaks expose
Corruption
General

#SwissLeaks: Indian Express publishes account holder names leaked from Swiss HSBC

The Indian Express, in collaboration with Le Monde and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has published a list of a hundred account names (yes, the Ambanis are there) leaked from HSBC bank in Switzerland that have Indian addresses. Rigid laws protect Swiss banks and the HSBC bought out an existing bank in 1999. In 2007, […]

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Corruption
General

How to reduce black money in property deals

I made some angry tweets about black money in property deals, and Aam Aadmi Party supporters (predictably) asked me to make a suggestion on how to deal with the issue, and if it was useful, the party could adopt it. Here is what I said: Black money is such a tamasha. No one talks about […]

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P Sainath

Transcript: Why Democracy – P. Sainath

The following is the transcript of snippets of P. Sainath’s insights on democracy. I think there is much to think of here. Many thanks Atul Hirde for making this video and sharing. I believe that a democratic political culture is essential for any kind of governance, any kind of social contract, for any kind of […]

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Indian Air Force tricolour flag formation flying
National

In loving memory of Late Col AGJ Swittens (Joe) 4GR, an Indian POW (1971) in Pakistan

I came across the touching story of Col. Swittens when my friend forwarded it to me. Since then I found copies on some blogs, a forum or two and other stray copy-pastes, and thought to have a page honoring him here, thinking he’d like to have a virtual memorial on a site fighting a war […]

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Democracy
General

InkLab – A film inspired by Shaheed Bhagat Singh, denied Censor Certificate

If you remember our earlier appreciative publishing of the indie film Inklab and the interview with Dr. Gaurav Chhabra that followed, we are glad to share that the film was widely appreciated. But once it came to the “real world”, it ran into trouble – specifically, trouble with our nitpicking, politically meddling censor board. A […]

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