1. People, communities and societies have sophisticated ways of coping with grief. Our response to the loss of loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic has been so.
2. NONE of those methods are premised on erasing history or memory.
3. I have personally suffered the loss of several across different cultures of my loved ones within India. Witnessed the sadness, the anger and the grief of our families. Sat with many trying to find a coping mechanism to move ahead while grieving.
Mar 27 • 21 tweets • 5 min read
Small #thread: As a journalist when you ask someone specific questions or make specific allegations, the most fundamental journalism ethics require you to present the substantive bits of their response in your story fairly. Not doing so is just bad journalism.
2. In good newsrooms reporters and editors not doing so have got sacked.
Aug 27, 2021 • 19 tweets • 11 min read
#Thread: A little long. Please stay with me till the end.
We @reporters_co handed over the #GujaratDeathRegisters to a team of researchers & doctors at Harvard Univ, Berkeley et al. Our way of producing investigative journalism collaboratively with experts across domains.
Their scientific assessment is now out. Gujarat govt claims only 10,075 people died of #Covid19 since 2020. Harvard's research findings: Death Registers for just one month, April 2021, nail the govt's lies and project the scale of the tragedy. medrxiv.org/content/10.110… 2/n
Jul 10, 2021 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
#Thread: Why the creation of Ministry of Cooperation under the second most powerful man in the Union govt, Amit Shah, perhaps deserves more serious attention. Read on
1. Historically politicians of many hues, ideologies have played to control cooperatives in their regions to weild and influence this power and resource.
1. The best way to pay homage to a legend is to, at least, after his passing, reflect upon her/his life and works critically. To learn the right lessons from the lives of such public persons who impacted others' lives disproportionately.
2. SLB and Chandi Prasad Bhatt created and speared a brand of environmentalism that further hurt the hills of Uttarakhand and its people. This legacy of the two was whitewashed by urban environmental writers and activists.
Apr 28, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
#Thread: To all the stooges telling journalists not to report the government induced carnage.
It takes courage to breath in the air of death, pandemic and despair every day to keep at it. Many young journalists today do it as their call of duty...
2. They do it even as many editors and owners of publications dither from calling a spade a spade. They do it as these editors spend more time worrying how to tone the news down and keep the masters happy
1. We are setting up a new Fellowship Program for Independent Journalists.
To create and establish it, I have joined as the Media Lead at the National Foundation for India @NFI_India.
2. The new Media Fellowship Program will respond to the current crisis in journalism, strengthens credible reportage and enable independent journalists.
I will be working with NFI's Executive Director, Biraj Patnaik @birajpat to co-create the Fellowship Program.
1. When the Bonds were first announced as a scheme, I remember I read every govt record in public domain and smelt a rat. A big sewer rat of an idea. ...2
@Moyuriee 2. They principally went against all principles of a transparent electoral process that is responsive only to citizens and not to any other artificial entity, such as a corporate...3
In keeping with enthusiasts congratulating UP for suspending all labour law for 3 years. My new proposals for further reforms
1. Environmental laws tend to be rent-seeking too. So suspend them all for five years. Everyone can set up any kind of polluting unit anywhere.
2. Market, polluting entrepreneur and communities can openly negotiate how much pollution they want in their waters, lungs ans food
Releasing now: 1. From Paul & ICMR's presentations 2. But, first. Lets pause. A hat tip to some tenacious and sharp journalists on the health beat who have been helping us all see the truth when the government obfuscates it. And to ask the right questions. Doggedly.
1. Its good the govt has finally woken up to financially ameliorate the impacts of an unprecedented and unplanned locked down. But, as always, the govt seems to have made more out of the package than exists. Read on:
2. The doubling of LOANS to Self Help Groups from Rs 10 L to Rs 20 L. The total disbursed amount this year to SHGs under the scheme has been ~ Rs 1,500 crore. Total budget for year was approx Rs 9,000 cr. So dont expect money to suddenly go out and its certainly not budgeted+.
Mar 16, 2020 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Thread 👇. Please stay with me till the end.
1. We published the #ElectoralBonds Investigations as a multi-language collaborative journalism effort.
For some of us, the collaboration meant reviving the spirit and strength of journalism. Pooling the will and resources to do deep-dive journalism. Showing its possible.
There is something useful towards the end of this tweet-trail.
1. Happenings in Maharashtra show why #ElectoralBonds, a to flush secretly funnel unaccounted money into politics, is dangerous for our democracy.
2. The #Electoral Bond Investigation series, hosted by @HuffPostIndia, was based on #CommodorePapers. Transparency activist, Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd) retrieved the docs under the RTI Act.
On Justice Arun Mishra, Land Acquisition Act and Reliance.
Solicitor General misinforms the SC. Our story on the dubious episode was published on April 24, 2019. Not 2-3 days ago. It is factual based on documents on record. We, the authors, stand by every word of it.
2. It came out of a brilliant deep-dive series on the fate of the Land Acquisition law, 2013 (LARR), which he lead. Remember, PM Modi once tried to dilute the law and we thought he failed. As we found out, he hadn't really. As journalists, we had taken the eye off the ball.
Sep 10, 2019 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
A thread on some personal news:
I have resigned from the Business Standard with immediate effect.
2. Here is a link to, more than a 100 stories, more than a hundred thousand words, of investigations, deep dives, analysis, exclusives, long form and opinion I wrote during the short stint.
Thread on #NYAY Things to mull over: Proposal is to fill income gap of individual households up to Rs 72,000 per annum and NOT give each 'poor family' Rs 72,000 per annum
2. So the total outlay will be much below a simple maths of Rs 72,000 x 5crore households.
Oct 2, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
#GST thread. Stay with me: This govt wont share real GST data. Instead we fall for its stupid press releases every month. They mean near zilch. This is what the central govt has really collected by August. Net of refunds and settlement - the only way GST nos should be read.
It is erroneous to merely compare total Rs 1 lakh per month target for states+centre with press releases which do not account for how IGST was settled each month. So, these cant tell what the Centre really got. This table shows how erratic IGST settlement has been.
Sep 8, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
#thread i remembered there was a colour to the memories of those years. There were so many people who brought the depth of that colour to my life. Pulled a very few of them out.