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Sreenivasan Jain

  • Leaks & delays: Making sense of the cash transfer system

    Anecdotes abound of tardiness, no-shows, or BCs who have taken off with the money. An official at Aadhar estimates they will need 10 lakh BCs across India to make cash transfers work. Where will they find recruits to make up this army of para-bankers?

    Monday, 3 December 2012 - 9:00am
  • The Thick of It: How the Sena won and lost Mumbai

    In 1995, riding the Hindutva wave of post-Babri riots, the Sena-BJP alliance swept almost all of Mumbai’s 36 assembly seats.

    Monday, 19 November 2012 - 9:00am
  • Bending the law or breaking it?

    As an exercise, last week we placed whatever evidence had emerged about the questionable financial dealings of Nitin Gadkari and Robert Vadra before a panel of non-partisan experts: a corporate lawyer, a former IT commissioner and a CA.

    Tuesday, 6 November 2012 - 10:00am
  • The Pur(e)ti truth about Nitin Gadkari

    This week, we had an unusual television moment: BJP President Nitin Gadkari in our studios allowing himself to be grilled on questionable financial dealings and conflict of interest.

    Monday, 22 October 2012 - 10:30am
  • Maharashtra’s Watergate: How money flows

    The birth of Maharashtra’s current model of irrigation corporations began during the Sena-BJP regime, inspired by the Gujarat model of corporations that issued bonds to fund their projects.

    Monday, 8 October 2012 - 9:30am
  • FDI, farmers & a handful of salt

    During the recent debate, the anti-FDI brigade said FDI retailers would ruin Indian farmers by tying them into enslaving contracts. The pro-FDI political parties said it would bring farmers untold riches by offering them a great price and building magical networks of back-end value chains.

    Monday, 24 September 2012 - 10:30am
  • The myth of big retail

    The strong opposition to the entry of the big boys of global retail is as exaggerated as the claims made by the government of the benefits they will bring.

    Monday, 17 September 2012 - 10:00am
  • How to cash in on dormant coal blocks

    Did the government really assume that gutka makers, stock market traders and politically-backed shell companies really wanted to use the coal to fuel steel and power plants? Or did most want to twist the rules to cash in on it one day?

    Monday, 10 September 2012 - 10:00am
  • Coal scam: Brace for an anti-climax

    For a scandal that has rocked the political system and paralysed Parliament, five FIRs against mid-level companies and faceless mid-level bureaucrats will be a stunning anticlimax.

    Monday, 3 September 2012 - 11:00am
  • An Open Letter to Anna

    A rough estimate of how much candidates spend in one election cycle in India — Parliament, assemblies, municipalities and panchayats — puts the the figure at approximately Rs 35,000 crore.

    Monday, 27 August 2012 - 9:30am