P. Sainath, delivering the Alladi Memorial lecture at the University of Hyderabad, casts a critical eye on the first 100 days of the Modi government and in the process the model of development propagated by the largest Indian political parties. Is the economic picture in India as rosy as claimed by a sycophantic media? What do a 100 days of 'Acche Din' mean for the people of rural India? Is this government actually serving the interests of the people? Sainath uses government data to show how rural and agrarian India continues to suffer – from lack of employment opportunities, forced migration, farmer suicides, etc. and in his inimitable style forces one to engage with issues that the mainstream media often ignores.