Hemant Gairola

Hemant Gairola has served as a co-founder of 101Reporters—a pan-India network of grassroots reporters—and has headed the city desk at Daily News & Analysis in Bangalore. Stories commissioned and edited by him have appeared in publications such as Nikkei Asia Review, Forbes, IndiaSpend, Asia Times, Mongabay India, Newslaundry and FirstPost. Hemant has a keen interest in investigative journalism and enjoys pursuing stories of public interest. He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media and an InOldNews-InterNews Mobile Journalism Fellow (2021). He has also edited a book on financial frauds and ghost-written a course on media literacy for college students.




October 2023

RBI turns up heat after exposé on chinks in Bank of Baroda app, audits reveal bank’s agents stole customers’ money

RBI asks Bank of Baroda to suspend registering new customers on its banking app after exposé, but cover-up afoot


July 2023

Exposé: Bank of Baroda exploited accounts by linking them to random mobile numbers

Internal Emails Reveal Thousands Of Bank Accounts Linked To Unauthorised Mobile Numbers To Fraudulently Boost Registrations On Its App, Raising Security Concerns


December 2022

Banks illegally force Centre’s insurance schemes on customers

Banks have been either enrolling customers en masse from the backend or by obtaining consent signatures through lies, deceit or coercion

February 2024

बैंक कर्मचारियों को आईफोन, रिश्वत, प्रलोभन देकर बिक्री बढ़ा रही हैं बीमा कंपनियां

अवैध प्रोत्साहनों के लोभ में बैंक अधिकारी अपने कर्मचारियों को किसी भी तरह बीमा बेचने के लिए मजबूर करते हैं, जिसकी कीमत ग्राहकों को अवांछित पॉलिसियों के रूप में चुकानी पड़ती है


February 2024

Insurance firms lure bank employees with iPhones, foreign jaunts, kickbacks to push sales

Driven by illegal incentives, bank executives compel their staff to sell insurance anyhow, with customers paying the price in the form of unwanted policies


October 2023

बैंक ऑफ़ बड़ौदा के एजेंट्स ने मोबाइल एप से ग्राहकों के पैसे चुराए

रिपोर्टर्स कलेक्टिव-अल जज़ीरा की रिपोर्ट के बाद हुई जाँच के आधार पर भारतीय रिज़र्व बैंक ने बैंक ऑफ़ बड़ौदा को बॉब वर्ल्ड ऐप पर नए ग्राहकों को जोड़ने से रोका


June 2023

Meet Uttarakhand leaders targeting Muslims, while police turn a blind eye

Police and Administration dismiss threats asking Muslims of Purola town to leave as media hype, but The Collective finds in plain sight leaders targeting Muslims, and maps rising hate crimes that are turning the state into a communal tinderbox

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