Aksharadhool: A Profile in courage Nine years ago, Sonali Mukherjee was a normal 17 year old girl, energetic, enthusiastic and cheery: studying in a college in Dhanbad, India. But then something horrible happened to her in the darkness of one night. Three men broke into her home in the middle of the night as she slept and poured acid over her face simply because she spurned their sexual advances. The acid attack burnt her skin,leaving her partly deaf and blind.
Aksharadhool: From Tibet with Gold It is difficult to understand why Government of India is hell bent to make the same mistakes again and put controls on Gold imports, especially when the economy is facing serious trouble and value of Rupee is going downhill with rampant inflation. Besides buying gold in the form of jewellery, bars and coins as a traditional gift for brides and during Hindu festivals, for Millions of Indians gold is also a hedge against inflation
Aksharadhool: The Chocolate Thieves Theft of food on large scale, is not something that happens commonly. People keep lifting from hotels, airlines, silverware. In India, immediately after independence, we used to have terrible food shortages and food was rationed. Yet even then, theft of food was not something that happened often. I remember having read in news papers about news of breaking in railway wagons to steal food, mainly cereals, pulses and sugar very occasionally.
Aksharadhool: Jungle rule in Bengaluru city I find the whole incident truly shocking and difficult to imagine even. I wonder, what kind of rule exists in Bengaluru now? Are state legislators above the law and can do anything unlawful at their own sweet will? Preventing such kind of mafia behaviour and protect ordinary citizens from human rights abuses is the first duty of the state.
Aksharadhool: Corporate jungle and self interests I do not see any basic difference between these two instances essentially. What happened with me was on a Nano scale and here in Sinovel's case the scale and value of product was huge. Even then, in both cases, proprietary intellectual property rights were simply overlooked. That is why, I have said above, that in corporate world only law of jungle prevails.
Aksharadhool: Fish in your pants? A Vietnamese man, travelling from Australia to New Zealand last week, now joins the rank of these infamous crooks. When this man walked through customs at Auckland airport in New Zealand, officials suspected something was fishy, because liquid was seeping from the bulging pockets of his cargo pants.
Aksharadhool: Costliest grin ever I am absolutely awed at this speedy delivery of justice in China. In India, corruption cases go on for years and if the accused is wealthy, decades. I have no idea about the way legal courts conduct their business in China, but the efficiency with which they operate is definitely note worthy.