The CBI was meant to be the country’s premier investigative agency. But today it stands under scrutiny itself: Having played into the hands of the powers that be. Is it time to dismantle the agency?
Azam Khan is not only the Muslim face of the Samajwadi Party (SP) but one of its founders along with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. With the entry of SP’s poster boy Amar Singh, Azam Khan has been upstaged. It finally boiled down to a battle of the turf when Azam Khan refused to back the party’s actor-turned politician Jaya Prada from his Rampur base. The Amar-Azam battle is waiting to come to a head, post elections. Neerja Chowdhury spoke to the man. Excerpts:
A recent ruling by the Delhi High Court on an Enforcement Directorate case against the Anil Agarwal led Vedanta resources could have important implications on other pending cases against Indians and Indian companies which have been accused of conducting money-laundering operations and using shell companies to bring back the funds in the form of foreign investments. While the judgement confines itself to the “correctness and propriety” of the Appellate Tribunal for Foreign Exchange’s decision to grant “complete exemption” to the company’s directors from pre-depositing a penalty amount it indicates that the company could not claim that there was no prima facie case against it and its directors.
Is the financial crisis over finally? Or are we still groping in the dark?
How practical is compulsory voting for a country as huge as India? It may not be but there are ways and means to make the electorate more responsive and responsible towards exercising their franchise.
Electoral politics seems to have hit an all-time low - what with some party chiefs demanding independent statehoods in neighbouring countries while others are wanting the dismissal of duly elected state governments.
Ashok Gehlot used to perform tricks on stage before he took to politics. Will he be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat for his party and himself this time round?
Lalu Prasad Yadav could well get derailed back home in Bihar, but were he to contest from the Valley, he was a sure winner. So is the power of the train that he brought to troubled Kashmir – on track and chugging with hope.
It’s a fight between a media baron and the state chief minister. Each is out to get the other.