Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC has a payment problem

Amid growing competition, India’s leading political consulting firm is struggling to settle unpaid dues despite frequent reminders by several former employees and vendors.

One day in the winter of 2019, an I-PAC staffer left her hotel in a town in Bihar’s Vaishali district after 10 gruelling days of field work carried out along with a colleague. Getting into a cab outside the hotel that morning, she waited for her colleague to join her.

“He called me a few minutes later and asked me to leave without him,” the staffer recalls, requesting anonymity. “He had learnt that the I-PAC management had not paid the hotel for our stay. The hotel manager said he could not leave until the payment had been made. So he …


Ayush Tiwari

Ayush reported on the travails of the media and social media platforms in India at The Morning Context. He was previously at Newslaundry, where he reported on sectarian violence and politics from Northeast India, Kashmir and North India.