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  • Gyan Chaturvedi, a famous Hindi writer of this era, makes a very interesting point in the introduction to his 2004 book Marichika . He writes jungle ke apne niyam hote hain aur wahan kissi tark ka koi sthan nahi hota (a jungle has its own rules and there is no space for any reasonable arguments to be made there). Nobody understands this much better than politicians operating in the jungle of politics. They rush to save their own skins and keep justifying what they had said earlier, despite evidence to the contrary. My position is right because I had said so in the past, is the logic on which they operate. There is no scope for a reasonable argument there. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's jubilant reaction to the Supreme Court's opinions on the Presidential Reference to it asking for broad-sweep clarifications on its policy of allocating natural resources is a very good example of the same. We welcome the Supreme Court (SC) opinion. SC has confirmed what the government has been saying, Sibal said yesterday. This comment came after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court answered the questions it had been asked by the government of India on 12 April 2012. Among other things the government had asked the Supreme Court to clarify whether the only permissible method for disposal of all natural resources across all sectors and in all circumstances is by the conduct of auctions. This question had arisen in light of the Supreme Court judgment cancelling the licences given to 122 telecom companies in 2008, when A Raja was the Telecom Minister. The government had given out these licences, allegedly on the basis of the first-come-first-served (FCFS) principle rather than auctioning them, and thus causing a huge loss to the exchequer. That Raja may have played ducks and drakes with the FCFS system is another matter. [caption id=attachment_472039 align=alignleft width=380

    Gyan Chaturvedi, a famous Hindi writer of this era, makes a very interesting point in the introduction to his 2004 book Marichika . He writes jungle ke apne niyam hote hain aur wahan kissi tark ka koi sthan nahi hota (a jungle has its own rules and there is no space for any reasonable arguments to be made there). Nobody understands this much better than politicians operating in the jungle of politics. They rush to save their own skins and keep justifying what they had said earlier, despite evidence to the contrary. My position is right because I had said so in the past, is the logic on which they operate. There is no scope for a reasonable argument there. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's jubilant reaction to the Supreme Court's opinions on the Presidential Reference to it asking for broad-sweep clarifications on its policy of allocating natural resources is a very good example of the same. We welcome the Supreme Court (SC) opinion. SC has confirmed what the government has been saying, Sibal said yesterday. This comment came after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court answered the questions it had been asked by the government of India on 12 April 2012. Among other things the government had asked the Supreme Court to clarify whether the only permissible method for disposal of all natural resources across all sectors and in all circumstances is by the conduct of auctions. This question had arisen in light of the Supreme Court judgment cancelling the licences given to 122 telecom companies in 2008, when A Raja was the Telecom Minister. The government had given out these licences, allegedly on the basis of the first-come-first-served (FCFS) principle rather than auctioning them, and thus causing a huge loss to the exchequer. That Raja may have played ducks and drakes with the FCFS system is another matter. [caption id=attachment_472039 align=alignleft width=380