Where Rohan Murty nails it

“I doubt if these people have read even a single book that we have published. I want to hear in which book we have published, in which line or page there is a problem, and in what context, and why,” said Murty, who for about a year was executive assistant to Narayana Murthy during the latter’s comeback to Infosys. “I think that is a more constructive, positive way, rather than saying that this is a conspiracy theory.”

Thus Rohan Murty, on the Sheldon Pollock controversy. And here, he really takes the manufacturers of outrage behind the woodshed:
“It is quite rich to sit in the peanut gallery, pass comments and throw empty shells at those who are actually rolling their sleeves up and working on the ground,” said Murty, 33, a junior fellow at Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Murty was responding to an online petition addressed to him and his father.
The petition — which, among other things, argues that appointing an American goes contrary to Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mission — in full is here.
PS: Off blog the rest of the day. Meetings, hence. See you guys tomorrow, be safe.

Food for tort

Via Madhu Kishwar, a good point to ponder on:


Law and disorder

Unprecedented levels of WTF-ery here in this news clip re the re-arrest of Irom Sharmila:

The police, however, is yet to press any charge against her and is reportedly seeking a relevant law to justify the arrest, according to a government official.

Is that how it works? You arrest someone first and figure out why later? (Actually, judging by recent events, that is exactly how it works.)

How on earth does a ‘government official’ even say that with a straight face?

“The party distances itself”

Meanwhile BJP has distanced itself from the statement made by Hegde. Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S. Prakash said that whatever Hegde said were his personal views and in no way reflected the party’s ideology.

“If he is being attacked, he has to defend himself on his own,” he said.

This is not a BJP thing — every party comes up with such statements (earlier in the week, the Congress “distanced itself” from P Chidambaram’s belated epiphany in re Afzal Guru, for instance).

I’ve always wondered about this “party distancing” business. How do you do it, exactly? Move to another corner of the room, like you do at a cocktail party when someone is being particularly obnoxious?




Say what, Judge?

Judge Pratibha Rani, late yesterday evening, delivered the Delhi High Court verdict on Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea. It is a long and, in some places puzzling, verdict. An annotated text version below (Remarks in bold mine). Statutory warning: this is long.

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