01 March, 2021

‘It’s Not Worth Having Whistleblowers In India Today’

In the long term, whistle-blowing is much needed for our society, says brother of Satyendra Dubey, demanding protection for them.

Point Of Honour
Dhananjay receiving the award on behalf of his brother, the late Satyendra Dubey
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘It’s Not Worth Having Whistleblowers In India Today’

For many millennials, turning 30 is often a reminder to look back and assess the life goals one sought and achieved, failed to or is still striving for. If Satyendra Dubey had made a checklist on his 30th birthday, he would have ticked the following: jumped across the hurdles that come with a socio-economically modest background and got an education from IIT-Kanpur; served his country as an officer of the Indian Engineering Services (IES); and blew the lid off scams related to a section of the 14,000-km-long Golden Quadrilateral highways project. After trying to tackle the corruption himself, he had written to the PMO and sought ano­nymity. Dubey’s letter was leaked and his identity rev­ealed, leading to his murder in Gaya, Bihar, on Nov­ember 27, 2003, the very day he turned 30. His younger brot­her ­Dhananjay Dubey talks about the whistleblower and his ­murder. ­Excerpts from an interview with Ushinor Majumdar.

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