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  • 14-Aug-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Power to issue directions just grew

    This power can be intoxicating. It can give any regulator a serious high

  • 31-Jul-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Tenure erosion can be a subversive tool

    If the law protects the tenure, the office-bearer is ring-fenced from acting under fear of being sacked

  • 17-Jul-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Brace for new 'crudities and inequities'

    How the IBC transformed into a tool to stigmatise business failure

  • 19-Jun-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Don't throw the baby with the bathwater

    If distrust of those in the assurance business remains high, there will be chaos all around

  • 05-Jun-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Two key tasks for Sitharaman

    The IBC needs serious reform; competition law requires a review

  • 22-May-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Conjecture & surmise in imagined realities

    The use of statistical tools might give exit polls a semblance of science but that does not make the inferences anything more than conjecture

  • 08-May-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    How organisations become institutions

    It is credibility that converts an "organisation" into an "institution"

  • 24-Apr-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Yet another miss with electoral bonds

    The bonds are nothing but an official donation-laundering mechanism

  • 10-Apr-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Making a mockery of a vital electoral activity

    Thanks to the lackadaisical approach of the regulator and the ignorant masses, the election manifesto of a political party has been reduced to something no one really cares about

  • 27-Mar-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Time to rethink takeover regulations

    When it comes to a listed aviation company, it has the worst of both worlds

  • 13-Mar-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Time to revisit incentives for justice system

    The abiding faith of the society that the man in uniform would never fake his case is of no value unless there is real disincentive for ruining the lives of accused

  • 27-Feb-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    A timely ruling from the SAT

    Regulators would do well to correct course and sharpen enforcement - it would instil greater fear in the hearts of the real wrongdoers

  • 13-Feb-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Why we must show restraint

    Does holding elections alone constitute democracy? Or is there a crying need for deeper structural reform?

  • 17-Jan-2019 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Need safeguards against 'state' violence

    Fairness in regulatory trials might be some way off in a society that makes movies on "encounters" and has wide following of gurus who philosophise abject violence

  • 26-Dec-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Unpopular thoughts to end the year with

    Why is farm loan waiver such a bad idea? And why did policymakers jettison the idea of inheritance tax?

  • 12-Dec-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Role clarity for CCI from Supreme Court

    Licensing regulators may have primacy on specific areas occupied by regulation

  • 28-Nov-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Bring back court scrutiny of corporate schemes

    Shifting jurisdiction to the corporate affairs ministry would be retrograde and indeed unconstitutional

  • 07-Nov-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Govt vs RBI: Handle with dignity

    A public spat is no means of resolving complex differences, unless of course, the idea is to make the differences simplistic and assert power play

  • 25-Oct-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Is the path to god one of anarchy?

    Criticising a Supreme Court judgment is one facet of democracy, but physically violating the enforcement of the ruling, is just unacceptable promotion of anarchy

  • 10-Oct-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Time to harness an unruly horse

    Here are five areas in the Competition Act, 2002, that need intense review and intervention

  • 19-Sep-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Stepping forward with delisting reform

    A reform proposed by the Sebi offers another chance for a transaction to succeed instead of having a guillotine kill a deal because the price is unacceptably high

  • 05-Sep-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Opportunity lost, but embrace what's in

    The recommendations of a committee reviewing provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, present the low-hanging fruit for reform

  • 16-Aug-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Needed: A good settlement mechanism

    One area that needs more attention is the dichotomy between the principle that the strength of the defence is irrelevant and the consideration of major and minor character of the violation alleged

  • 01-Aug-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    Capacity building is imperative

    If the executive believes its agencies can and must play judge, it must invest in building capacity in regulators to conduct court-like proceedings in a fair, objective, firm and yet polite manner

  • 19-Jul-2018 | Somasekhar Sundaresan

    When a tribunal gets benched

    If one were to run state agencies efficiently, there simply cannot be an absence of advance planning to ensure the tribunals we create are also well-manned by judges