articles by Kartikeya

India

Supreme Court decision exposes Sanjiv Bhatt's 'unclean hands', anti-Modi brigade loses another pawn

The Supreme Court has finally demolished Sanjiv Bhatt, on whose testimony the whole case of Narendra Modi's alleged role in the Gujarat riots rested. By being exposed as someone with an agenda, the court has also shown up the anti-Modi brigade.

Politics

Targeting Sushma Swaraj over Lalit Modi's travel is much ado about nothing

Facts show why much of the hullabaloo on Sushma Swaraj's so-called intervention in the Lalit Modi case is just really high decibel noise.

India

Delhi HC order on ACB: Why Kejriwal should not celebrate too soon

Delhi HC judgment related to the jurisdiction of Delhi ACB on corruption offences seemed to raise the spirits of Kejriwal who called the judgment a "huge embarrassment" for the Modi government.

India

Why the Salman Khan bail cannot be compared to Teesta Setalvad's case

The bland fact, however, is that the Teesta and Salman cases are incomparable and have very few immaterial similarities that obfuscate the real nature of benefit both have got in their respective battles.

India

NJAC row: CJI HL Dattu has put his own 5-judge bench in an awkward position

By declining to join the NJAC till the Supreme Court bench looking into the constitutionality, of the Act delivers a verdict the CJI has not only created a crisis, but also put his own five-judge bench in the awkward position of having to give him directions

India

No need for outrage: MHA decision to put Ford Foundation on watch-list is no big deal

The home ministry's decision to scrutinise the usage of funds remitted by the Ford Foundation is more about checking where the money goes rather than a comment on what it thinks of the foundation's orientation

India

NJAC case: The slippery slope of the conflict of interest argument

The new laws mandate the creation of a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) whose members are a mix of judiciary and executive.

India

Greenpeace suspension: This time Rajnath may have better ammo against NGO

When the home ministry lost its case against Priya Pillai in the Delhi High Court, it did not have the benefit of a detailed inspection report on Greenpeace's activities in India. It now has better evidence against the NGO.

Politics

Arvind Kejriwal's desperate appointment of 21 'backdoor' ministers may face a legal challenge

By appointing 21 parliamentary secretaries, who may draw no remuneration but would hold ministerial status, Arvind Kejriwal is probably trying to keep his 67-strong MLA flock together. But the move could face legal hurdles

India

Why CBI’s case against Amit Shah was really a fishing expedition

The CBI case in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter was really about finding ways to get at Narendra Modi.

Corporate

Criticism of SBI-Adani MoU ill-informed: net loan may not exceed $200-400 mn

The Congress has attacked the Adani-SBI $1 bn MoU to finance the Carmichael mine project at a time when even loan due diligence is not done. The net loan, even if sanctioned, is not going to be that large

India

What was UPA afraid of? It opposed black money SIT not once, but thrice

While much has been made of the fact that the NDA had the same stand as UPA on disclosing list on black money, the difference is how Modi appointed SIT without a second thought.

Economy

Tata Nano loan: HC order beats hollow Rahul Gandhi's 'Toffee model' charge on Modi

We can perhaps contrast this directly with Robert Vadra, a family member of Rahul Gandhi, flipping land and making a windfall, benefitting from an overnight change in government policy

Data

Did Sonia check these facts before criticising Modi on poverty lines?

In blaming Modi for poverty lines, Sonia Gandhi overlooked the fact that it was her own party's government which curtailed the list of BPL families

India

CCTV footage of Tarun Tejpal case: The legal issues at play

What are the different issues pertaining to the Outlook report that may be at play in courts?

Economy

Why Kejriwal's accusations against Modi on gas prices are ill-informed

AAP's claim that the Gujarat government has sought a gas price of $14 is patently absurd. The demand was made by a public sector company, and not the state government

Politics

Fact-check: Here's why Adani may not have received a sweetheart deal from Modi

The Adani Group is said to be close to the Modi government in Gujarat. With allegations flying thick and fast, here are some facts to guide the discussion

Economy

Did Adani get a sweetheart deal from Modi? You judge. Here are the facts

The Adani Group is said to be close to the Modi government in Gujarat. With allegations flying thick and fast, here are some facts to guide the discussion

India

The anti-rape bill and its problematic definition of 'stalking'

“Stalking” has been added as an offence in the Indian Penal Code as Section 354D punishable by a term of up to three years and fine. It is important to understand the potentially dangerous ramifications of this seemingly innocuous insertion on our criminal law books.

India

Why Mallika Sarabhai has got Modi’s 'pro-rich attitude' wrong

Would Mallika Sarabhai want Gujarat to generate real jobs or create doles for the poor?