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Needed: A 'Tehelkaa' in Tehelka

Amongst other things, the Tarun Tejpal imbroglio highlights the incompetence or unwillingness of organisations to deal with sexual harassment cases at workplace in the letter and spirit of the Vishaka guidelines. However, the committees set up according to these guidelines should not always be conceptualised as a redressal mechanism that is “alternative” to the law.

Politics : Gone Awry

The six-week long deadlock between the government and the opposition which had paralysed parliament has been resolved at last after the meeting of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition on Monday in the Lok Sabha speaker’s chambers. It would now seem that there will be some semblance of discussion of the union budget for 2001-2002 before it is passed by the Lok Sabha, unlike in the case of the railway budget which was adopted by a voice vote without a debate in an unruly house. The deliberate effort to bring the functioning of parliament to a standstill was shameful, of course. It was also futile in even the pettiest, most short-term political terms.

India's Hope against Hope

Those who puzzle why reasoned policy prescriptions, clearly comprehensible and undoubtedly apprehended by decision-makers, do not lead to change are absolutely correct to attribute the failure to bottomless venality and insane corruption. Yet there is a churning, as the borders of the predatory state recede in the face of an expanding civil society.

Cancer It Is

I n his address to the nation on Friday on the situation arising out of the Tehelka disclosures, the prime minister spoke in two voices. In the earlier part of the address he came close to echoing the position taken by numerous other spokespersons on behalf of the government and the ruling NDA, casting doubt on the motivations of those responsible for giving currency to the allegations against the government and emphasising the alleged threat to the country’s security and economic stability as a result. “Many a country has been destabilised by such gales”, as he put it. Towards the end of his speech, however, the prime minister struck a more reflective, non-partisan note. He said: “In an important sense, what has come into view goes beyond security; the ease with which persons posing as arms merchants gained access to our defence personnel and politicians shows how far the cancer has spread”.
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