Veteran journalist N.Ram–former chief editor of The Hindu and on its board–has broken at least three exclusive stories on the Narendra Modi govt's acquisition of Rafale MMRCA jets and caught flak for it. The latest was that the Modi government waived a crucial anti-corruption clause in the agreement that imposed penalties under the Defence Procurement Procedure.
Earlier, Ram had reported that when the deal was being made, the ministry of defence (MoD) had protested against the prime minister's office holding parallel negotiations with the French government. The defence secretary had noted that that had undermined the MoD's negotiations.
Former coal secretary compared it with the coal block allocation scam in the UPA-II era, which had added to the anti-corruption mood that prevailed in India before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The series has brought quite a bit of unpopularity to N.Ram, especially amongst supporters of the government. This is despite the fact that Ram had broken several stories on the Bofors scam during the Rajiv Gandhi era. It was noticed by the public too.