Friday, May 18, 2007

Why don't we have class action suits?

I happened to read an interesting bit of news today in TOI (I agree news and TOI don't go hand in hand, still). The news was about - how the "eternal incompetent महावितरण" had to pay a sum of 25000 rupees for the damage caused to a person's electronic appliances.

He got the damages paid for, however I am sure there are many more who didn't chase this up all the way and have been left penalized for someone elses fault.

I wonder why we don't have class action suits aka torts here in India, where an incidence like this could result in these companies end-up paying hefty sums for their incompetence and this is the sureshot way of making sure that the quality of service is improved eventually.

Possible candidates for Class action suit -

1. महावितरणand all other Electricity boards
2. Tata Indicom (broadband)
3. Almost all GSM operators

It seems like all other professionals, lawyers in India also don't think beyond the obvious?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A meteoric rise?

Somewhere I read this phrase and found it quite odd. And this is not strictly oxymoronic in intent. A meteoroid glows when it falls right? Atleast I haven't seen of a meteoroid rising with a flash of brilliance, then why is this phrase so ubiquitous? Guess someone else also had a similar question - here is a detailed version of the quest of the particular author!