BPO Fraud in India on the Rise

BPO Fraud in India on the RiseHigh-profile raids across India's commercial capital Mumbai last week have blown the lid off a multi-million dollar scam involving 630 employees of a fake business outsourcing company that has cheated and robbed US citizens of thousands of dollars over a year. The episode, police say, suggests the existence of an entrenched international racket with its…

India Seeks a Place at the Arms Bazaar

India Seeks a Place at the Arms BazaarNew Delhi: India's international diplomacy is increasingly taking on a newer and more assertive dimension – of combining high-level discussions with sales and exports of defense equipment. This has been evident in the country's recent engagements with countries including Vietnam, Afghanistan Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Russia and Maldives.  Modi, 66, one of India's most peripatetic…

Defense Units of Five Countries at Sea over Scorpene Hack

Defense Units of Five Countries at Sea over Scorpene HackThe navy chiefs of India, Australia, Malaysia, Chile and Brazil - countries that operate variants of the scandal-ridden Scorpene submarine – are huddling at a global symposium hosted by the US Navy in Newport, Virginia, to discuss, among other significant maritime issues, leak scandal that is roiling India More than 22,000 pages of top secret…

Another Scorpene Submarine Scandal

Another Scorpene Submarine ScandalThe massive leak of secret documents on Scorpene military submarines purchased by Australia and India recently from French shipbuilder DCNS, possibly by a competitor, once again calls up the murky world of military procurement and the enormous bribes that are often paid. Nobody knows who leaked the documents, which give detailed technical information about the…

India Gets its Guns

India Gets its GunsDriven partly by its developing rivalry with China, India is welcoming global gun manufacturers to set up shop to produce small arms including handguns, rifles, carbines, sub-machine guns, light machine guns and grenade launchers.  New investment rules allow private players to establish manufacturing units, sell to Indian defense forces and even cater to export orders. Forty-nine per cent…

India at last takes a leap forward on tax reforms

India at last takes a leap forward on tax reformsIt has taken 16 years, which is sluggish even by India’s dreadfully slow approach to change, but finally it has happened – late on Aug. 3 the upper house of  India’s parliament passed a constitution (amendment) bill that paves the way for the introduction of an epoch-making tax reform known as the goods and service tax. The…

Reproductive Tourism in India: No Child’s Play

Reproductive Tourism in India: No Child’s PlayAmerican nationals Morgan Newton and his partner were in for a rude shock when they discovered that the twins born through the in-vitro fertilisation arrangement they had opted for at a private clinic in Delhi were genetically not theirs. The gay couple had been swindled by the Surrogacy Center India and ISIS Hospital and IVF…

Plundering India’s Past

Plundering India’s PastBehind the well-publicized move this week to repatriate as much as US$100 million worth of smuggled Indian antiquities from the US is a disheartening story of just how lax, if not outright incompetent, Indian authorities have been in guarding some of the country’s most precious treasures. Some 15 American museums this week are beginning the…

Dodgy Donors Dog India’s Litfest Circuit

Dodgy Donors Dog India’s Litfest CircuitWhen the organizers of the Jaipur Literature Festival arrived at London’s Festival Hall on the banks of the Thames for a day of bookish discussions and debates on May 21, they were worried about how far protesters opposed to Vedanta Resources, their extremely controversial lead corporate sponsor, would go in order to cripple the event.…

India Tries to Repair Scandal-Scarred Defense Procurement

India Tries to Repair Scandal-Scarred Defense ProcurementIndia has had a long and distressing history of defense acquisition deals with foreign companies that involved spectacular allegations of kickbacks and bribes. The resurfacing of yet another old one involving top politicians including Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi has shaken the political establishment again this week. Known as "Choppergate," the scam goes back to…