Political heat is adding to the misery of the early heat wave in many parts of the country. FinMin Arun Jaitley in particular is facing more heat just when his party badly needs Rajya Sabha support to push through his government’s economic reforms agenda.
Spying on those in public life has always been the business of journalists; the means and doings have become more sophisticated. As far back as the '70s, I can recall how a minister was caught on tape demanding a bribe. This was done by Vasant Seth, owner of the biggest shipping company in India. Seth had applied to the government for a licence to buy some ships. An official from the shipping ministry called on him a few days later and mentioned in passing the sum of money that he would be required to shell out for the licence.