Like many Americans, 9/11 is a day I won’t forget. I was 33, living in West Los Angeles, trapped in an abusive relationship and too underpaid by RAND to move out on my own. As had become my habit, I was sleeping on the futon with my dog, Ms Oppenheimer. As I was waking up, I saw the news coverage of the first tower falling. I thought it was a movie. Like many Americans, the trajectory of my life changed for both the good and the bad.
Prior to 9/11, I was a research associate at RAND. I had fled the University of Chicago’s toxic environment and was trying to recover from the myriad traumas I had experienced there while also trying to finish my PhD in South Asian languages and civilisations remotely. Before 9/11, I worked on numerous projects for the Office of the Secretary of Defence, among other…
Note that an edited, and much-abbreviated version of this appeared in Foreign Policy on 16 August 2021. This extended piece has more details.
U.S. President Biden has abandoned the Afghans to fend for themselves against the Taliban. By following a course of policy established by his ignominious predecessor, President Donald J. Trump, Biden has defiantly asserted that he does not regret his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan even after provincial capitals are falling like dominos to the Taliban and even as Kabul itself expected to fall within weeks. The United States begged the Taliban for assurances that they will not attack the US Embassy as the United States callously scrambles to evacuate US personnel, leaving our long-standing Afghan partners to fend for themselves as the Taliban hunt them down and their families. American officials are busy offering sanctimonious repines that justify America’s exeunt from the country. They…
Last week I got the first shot of covaxin, the corona vaccine developed by Bharat Serum in collaboration with Govt. of India. The vaccine is good and I had very mild symptoms thereafter and was completely normal next morning. Here are some precautions, I would advice to others:
Do take a light breakfast and try to get vaccinated first thing in the morning.
Keep Afternoon free as there may be adverse effect.
It takes about one hour as after giving vaccination shot, a person is kept under observation for 30 minutes.
In my 30 minutes observation time no body reported any problem, including myself.
People have complained stomachache, fever and even vomiting. It is normal. After all an alien micro-virus is inserted into blood stream.
There was a general fatigue, which I did experience and slept heavily in the afternoon and at night. Next morning it was fine.
Judiciary in India shares the world dais with two ignoble institutes which are Military Junta of Myanmar and Military Establishment of Pakistan, in terms of it’s recruitment policy. All three are mini republic within the respective political republic. All three are exclusive clubs insulated from within and in which rules of entry are written by these institutions only. In other words, Judiciary in India not only is final interpreter of Law and Constitution but also the final authority to decide who will be permitted to join the judiciary. Allegations of nepotism apart, it is difficult to find a Judge does not have living or dead ancestor in the judiciary, bureaucracy and politics.
Commissioner of Police is a high ranking officer and since Param Bir Singh is from Indian Police Service he has passed one of the toughest competitive exams but it appears law is not the strong suit of police officers or for Param Bir Singh. He so grossly out of sync that there is no option but ot conclude that he is ignorant of law. Let me explain.
Crime Investigation in India:
Crime investigation in India is governed, inter alia, by Criminal Procedure Code, 1973. (Buy it from my commercial site here) There are three sections of CrPC involved here. These are section 154, 161 and 162. The last is Most important.
Recording of FIR:
Section 154 of CrPC mandates that police is obligated to record commission of a cognizable offence in a register of First Information Reports and then proceed to investigate.