Smriti Irani

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Reports of suspicious growth in assets of Gujarat politicians removed from news sites

This story about disproportionate growth of assets of Gujarat leaders appeared in the Times of India and affiliated publications and was withdrawn without explanation. It compares declared assets and liabilities from affidavits filed in 2012 and 2017 as well as income and the numbers don’t add up. The story clearly implies a suspicious growth in …

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Ankit Fadia - Brand Ambassador for Digital India

A stupidified India in the hall of mirrors

As I write this post, Indian Digital rights activists are watching in horror as “ethical hacker” Ankit Fadia has been declared the brand ambassador of Digital India. As Twitter goes nuts trying to show how big a “blunder” this is, perhaps it is time to realize that it is not a blunder. It is a deliberate …

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Ordinance Modi turn

What sort of government is Modi planning to run?

With much advertisement of the Gujarat model, all eyes were on the Modi government, particularly since BJP expects higher standards of those it criticizes than itself. The reality is stunning, but not in a nice way. Nitin Gadkari with dubious financial dealings with Ideal Road Builders including a no interest loan to his company, Purti …

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Smriti Irani affidavit Lok Sabha Chandni Chowk 2004

What are Smriti Irani’s real educational qualifications?

After Madhu Kishwar raised the question of Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications, the internet has been busy. It seems she has submitted different details at different times. Notably her affidavit for Lok Sabha Election 2004 from Chandni Chowk said she was a B.A. (1996) [page sc5] from Delhi University (School of Correspondence) in 2004 and for …

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet

Wanting a lean cabinet is one thing, but the selection of ministers does not invoke confidence. Narendra Modi will be handling Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space. Given the secretive nature of India’s nuclear establishment, and the very serious apprehensions regarding several existing and proposed nuclear plants, the ability and intent of …

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