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#BijliScam – Is the Indian Public paying an #AdaniTax on Electricity Bills?

This article examines @santvarun’s tweets summarizing the press briefing by senior INC leader Ajay Maken and connects them with relevant information in the public domain. Three days ago, the UK newspaper, Guardian, made public excerpts of a 97-page show cause notice issued by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to an Adani Group company: M/S …

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INR 990 crore deducted from farmers’ accounts nationwide without notice

Money deposited in a bank account is generally considered safe. Holders of State Bank of India-issued Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) have apparently been charged INR 990 each for provision of weather information. Nationwide, one crore one lakh KCC-possessing farmers are seeing deductions totaling INR 990 crore, including INR 60 crore from the accounts of 6 …

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#Gurugram, and the real lesson from the #Mahabharata – Appropriation is as old as the hills!

Following on from this series of tweets Ever since I heard of the renaming of Gurgaon to Gurugram, it was as if something exploded within me. Naming one metro station “Guru Dronacharya” did not bother me as much – especially since the next one is “Sikanderpur”. (I died mildly, thinking of the irony, when someone …

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A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

This post began life as an attempt to boost the response to the latest wave of targeted violence and/or State-sponsored suppression of civil liberties in Chhattisgarh. Even as I typed away, trying to summarize the ever-mounting brutality in that state, the news breaking from the University of Hyderabad took centre-stage. Every day this past week …

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#NetNeutrality and the human on the street

Even without adding #NetNeutrality to the mix, the relationship between the average consumer and any telecom services provider in India is a tetchy one at best. Irrespective of whether you opt for prepaid or post-paid services, you seem to be forever haggling over available services and the pricing thereof, and, later, about the quality of …

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Blindsided by Big Numbers: Looking Beyond Electoral Wins

tr.v. blind·sid·ed, blind·sid·ing, blind·sides. 1. To hit or attack on or from the blind side. 2. To catch or take unawares, especially with harmful or detrimental results Too much of a good thing, as the idiom goes, is bad. Excessively bright light can be more blinding than pitch darkness. The glare of the limelight, another …

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