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Independence Day

Next week, we will celebrate yet another independence day. Yet another independence day with fighter planes whirring, tanks roaring, military bands playing and prime minister speaking. We celebrate this independence day with many uncertain dark clouds. Economy The second economic survey tabled by Ministry of Finance paints a gloomy picture on the economy and almost …

Fact-checking the Gorakhpur massacre coverup

UP government evades investigation into cause of death in Gorakhpur tragedy

Before I get into deconstructing the coverup, let us get one thing straight. If the government were innocent, taking straightforward action would have been a simple issue. There would be no need for organized trolls, massive fake news deployment on right wing blogs, smear campaigns against a doctor recognized to have saved lives in a …

The Gorakhpur tragedy and Nero’s guests

Child deaths due to oxygen cut off at Gorakhpur

As I watch the Gorakhpur tragedy unfold, “Nero’s Guests”, a documentary by P Sainath, comes to my mind. It concludes with Sainath’s speech where he shares a piece of ancient history involving Nero, the infamous emperor of Rome. When Rome burnt and Nero could not control the fire, he decided to throw a party and …

Misusing Statistics

Apologists for Prime Minister Modi’s Demonetisation policy are now claiming it led to a  big rise in direct tax revenues for Financial Year (FY) 2016-17. See, for instance this from Swarajya:  Does this stack up? The obvious logical flaw in this line of reasoning is the well-known ‘Post hoc ergo propter hoc’ fallacy. This is …