Skeletons tumble out of Akshaya Patra’s kitchen cabinet

The NGO famously known for its association with the mid-day meal scheme is now facing questions over how it is run and missionaries’ vice-like grip over it.

A lot has happened at The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) over the last few months, culminating in the resignation of independent trustees from its board, a hurried reconstitution of the board itself and a lot of dirty laundry being aired in public. And, all of this has come out in a week when the NGO should have been celebrating its 20th anniversary. A barrage of reports followed, detailing parts of this still-developing story. Here’s what we know so far. 

Over the last couple of years, the trust running the NGO received many whistleblower complaints, which led to investigations that revealed …


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