January 2015

IPL’s ‘mid-life’ crisis

With just under three months to go for IPL 8, with uncertainty over the ownership of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the question is if Brand IPL has taken a hit after the apex court’s verdict?

India’s cricketing czars were still digesting the Supreme Court’s definitive judgment on the IPL betting and match-fixing scandal this week, when soccer fans around the world were jolted by news that three major FIFA sponsors — Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson — were joining Sony and Emirates in severing ties with world soccer’s governing body […..]

Missing in action: Parliament is logjammed but real democratic problem is in state legislatures which meet much less

Parliament in Session

Explaining the need for promulgating ordinances for reforms in insurance and coal block allocations, finance minister Arun Jaitley blamed the stand-off in Rajya Sabha, arguing that the country cannot wait if one of the houses of Parliament “waits indefinitely”. At a time when the opposition dominated Upper House has become a fail-safe vantage point for […..]