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Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.




Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

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29 August, 2007

Fighting Extradition

The good Nitin Pai points me, via email, to this magnificent news report:

Amarendra Nath Ghosh, an Indian businessman, had spent years evading authorities around the world, fleeing accusations that he had run elaborate bank schemes. When he lost an appeal in Germany against extradition to India, he came up with a novel scheme: He swallowed a four-inch knife. For four years, he refused surgery to remove it, hampering India’s attempts to bring him back to stand trial because doctors said flying with the knife lodged in his stomach might prove fatal.

Abu Salem must be reading this report and going, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Such national pride comes.

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