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About Rajiv Shah

Former political editor of the Times of India (TOI), Rajiv covered the state government between late 1997 and early 2013 as the daily's representative in Gujarat capital, Gandhinagar. In formal journalism since 1979, Rajiv believes in what George Orwell said, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations."
Before he joined the Times of India as assistant editor in 1993, he was special correspondent in Moscow, covering Mikhail Gorbachev's rise and fall between 1986 and 1993 for Patriot, Delhi's semi-Left paper, and weekly newsmagazine Link. Though ideologies have fascinated him, he feels, in the changed scenario, they are losing ground. And what's taking the space? "I'm a newsman. How do I know?" he says.
As a blogger, Rajiv has been associated with TOI's online blogging site. His stories/blogs (archived here) have been a modest attempt to bring forth impressions of the life around and efforts of the establishment to influence it. Called True Lies, his new blogs can be also be accessed here
One who has had close access to the political and bureaucratic elite in the Gujarat capital, one of Rajiv's aims has been to find out if there are any ideological considerations behind what all one seeks to do. But in a high-voltage political world, do ideologies matter? Or, is objective reality so powerful that ideologies are forced to mould and bend? He seeks to find an answer – indeed, not as an ideologue.
Rajiv currently edits  Counterview, a purely voluntary news and views site not associated or supported by any organisation. A collection of articles and blogs have been reproduced in CounterView.In.
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Top US think tank wants WhatsApp, social media cos to oppose Modi 'repression'

By Rajiv Shah
The top United States think tank, Freedom House, based in Washington DC, has sought a series of measures, including from top social media companies like WhatsApp, against the Modi government as retaliation against the alleged crackdown in the country’s only Muslim-majority state Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the “discriminatory” citizenship amendment law, which has sparked nationwide protests, which are sought to be suppressed by Modi administration.

Delhi riots: Saffron report admits cop failure, blames 'Left-jehadi' guerrilla tactics

By Rajiv Shah
A new “fact-finding” report, taking a line similar to that of Union home minister Amit Shah, who has termed Delhi riots “pre-planned” and “part of a conspiracy”, has admitted that “the police and law enforcement agencies were on a back-foot” during the riots which have claimed more than 50 lives, rendering hundreds injured and thousands homeless.

Decisively counter Supreme Court tribal eviction order: Oxfam tells GoI, state govts

By Rajiv Shah
In a major effort to counter the narrative created by the Supreme Court order dated February 13, 2019 which had stated that the tribal claimants whose forest land claims under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 “have been rejected and have attained finality should be evicted”, a top international NGO has compiled 14 case studies to point out that forest dwellers, in fact, see FRA “as a means to regain control over their forests”, and the apex court must recognize this.