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When the American music composer Arnold Rosner used the evergreen four-point motif for his opus 97, “ The Parable of the law”, it was not the first time that this cornerstone of the western music was used to convey an idea of defiance or resistance. Though additionally here, these notes helped convey an English translated version of a parable which in its absurd, unrealistic or as such ideas would be called in the 20th century e narrates the vertigo fate of an ignorant but persistent man meeting with the law and its “doorkeepers.” “ Before the Law “, written by…

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India continues to witness the world’s largest nation-wide lockdown since Prime Minister Modi’s televised speech on March 24th, 2020. The time given to a country of over 1.3. billion people to prepare for a 21 days lockdown was merely 4 hours. On 17th May, the Indian government extended the lockdown for the fourth time till 31st May and offered considerable relaxations. While the pandemic has necessitated the Indian government to take the hard policy decision of lockdown, the implementation of the same has worsened the situation for many.

India’s 40 million migrant population was caught off-guard with the announcement of…

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As the cases of Coronavirus Disease — 2019 (2019-nCov) are continuously increasing in India, the Cabinet Secretary on March 11 decided to invoke the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and advised via the Ministry of Health Welfare to all the states and union territories to invoke the same. The state of West Bengal and Delhi became the recent state to invoke it within its territory.The law older than Bengal Partition has been invoked a number of times to contain swine flu (2009, Pune), cholera (2018, Waghodia, Gujarat), malaria and dengue (2015, Chandigarh). The antiquity of the law has not deterred governments…

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In a session organised by the Guardian in 2015 on the increasing influence of money in English Football, Duncan Drasdo, CEO of the Manchester United Supporters Trust commented, “The growth in revenue has attracted the wrong kind of owners, particularly those looking to use clubs as a cash cow”. The negative influence of money was always lurking over the game but never came out as to be formally criticized until 14th of this month.

The last season EPL champions Manchester City (MCFC) has been banned from UEFA Champions League for next two seasons by the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the…

….How can we live together in peace, prosperity, and harmony, while retaining our liberties as autonomous individuals who can, and must, create our own values?

  • James M. Buchanan Jr., 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Economics for theory of “The Constitution of Economic Policy”
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The last month Chilean protest over its Constitutionally mandated norm of neoliberalism even in social services like Education reignited the debate over the two sides of the Constitution of Economic Policy: balance of “Rules” and “Discretion” in economic policy. While the Chilean economy has been dominated by rules, the Indian economic policy has been dominated by discretion

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The rivalry between Athenian statesmen and fierce opponents, Demosthenes and Aeschines, is well-known for resulting in two famous judicial orations: “On the False Embassy” and “On the Crown”. It was in the latter that Demosthenes described Aeschines (who was an actor before taking up politics) as “an actor in tragedy”.

He : “I should conclude, Aeschines, that you undertook this cause to exhibit your eloquence and strength of lungs, not to obtain satisfaction for any wrong. …

First published at Cafe Dissensus Blog on August 14, 2019:

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Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

— Abel Meeropol, 20th century American songwriter and poet

Historians broadly agree that lynching was a method of social and racial control meant to terrorize Black Americans into submission, and into an inferior racial caste position. From 1882–1968, 4,743 lynching occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were Black. …

Prudential Framework for Resolution of Stressed Assets, 2019: The Winds of Change in Banking Sector

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The last few months have seen a wave of reforms and implementation of new policies in the Indian banking system. One major cause for staggering banking sector is increasing Non-Performing Assets (NPAs). Evaluating bad loans of 39 listed banks in absolute term, it reached 92% in fiscal year of 2016 which was almost Rs. 5.79 trillion.

In the backdrop of rising NPAs, the Reserve Bank of India came up with a circular which provided option to stressed companies to resolve NPAs. The first of these…

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Former Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. S.Y. Quraishi recently in an interview to The Hindu (April 19, 2019) said, “The appointment to the Election Commission must improve. Right now, the Election Commissioners are appointed by the government of the day and they might feel beholden to the government or the government might feel that they should be beholden…A collegium system of appointment should be considered.” This problem goes to the root of public perception about the Commission’s prejudice during elections.

The Commission has always been the center of attention and news during elections and 2019 general election were no exception. In…

The government-corporate nexus to monetise data compromises our privacy

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THE term “ides of March” symbolise an uncertain bad event though originally it meant the 15thday of the Roman Calendar. It was used by Shakespeare to mark the day Julius Caesar was assassinated by members of the Roman Senate. A soothsayer, or psychic, cautioned Caesar to beware the day, but Caesar paid no heed. March 2019 had two “ideas” over privacy within its “ides”: Mark Zuckerberg presenting “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” and India with “The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.” …

Pranav Tanwar

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