A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India

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Every day, millions of people the rich, the poor and the many foreign visitors are hunting for ways to get their business done in modern India. If they search in the right places and offer the appropriate price, there is always a facilitator who can get the job done. This book is a sneak preview of those searches, the middlemen who do those jobs and the many opportunities that the fast-growing economy offers. Josy Joseph draws upon two decades as an investigative journalist to expose a problem so pervasive that we do not have the words to speak of it. The story is big: that of treacherous business rivalries, of how some industrial houses practically own the country, of the shadowy men who run the nation s politics. The story is small: a village needs a road and a hospital, a graveyard needs a wall, people need toilets. A Feast of Vultures is an unprecedented, multiple-level inquiry into modern India and the picture it reveals is both explosive and frightening. Within these covers is unimpeachable evidence against some of the country s biggest business houses and political figures and the reopening of major scandals that have shaped its political narratives. Through hard-nosed investigations and the meticulous gathering of documentary evidence, Joseph clinically examines and irrefutably documents the non-reportable. It is a troubling narrative, but also a call to action and a cry for change. A tour de force through the wildly beating heart of post-socialist India, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the large, unwieldy truth about this nation.

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About the Author:

Josy Joseph is an award-winning investigative journalist based in New Delhi. His stories have fostered public debate and continue to contribute to significant policy and systemic changes in India. His investigative stories include the Adarsh Apartment scam, Naval War Room Leak case, several aspects of recent scandals such as the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, the 2G spectrum allocation scam and other government decisions that have highlighted nepotism and corruption in governance at all levels. The Prem Bhatia Trust elected him India s best political reporter of 2010 for his scoops and revelations, which include a list of scams that have become familiar names in the political lexicon . In July 2013, the Ramnath Goenka Foundation run by the Indian Express group awarded him the Journalist of the Year in print media. Joseph has been with Delhi Mid Day, The Asian Age, The Blitz, Rediff.com, India Abroad and was Editor, Special Projects with The Times of India until August 2015. He is presently the National Security Editor of The Hindu. Joseph holds a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kerala University. He lives in New Delhi with his wife Priya and daughter Supriya

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A must read to understand how modern India functions, the widening divide of have's and have not's; how the big fish get away with what they want and how as a society we have taken the swindle for granted and has become part of our daily lives. --By Dinakar on 30 July 2016

A Feast of Vultures is a lone warrior; as it unravels the facts, heads will roll. Every corrupt Indian should be afraid of this book, so should every public servant and politician. This non-fictional work is all heart there is an emotional tug to the facts written in superb prose. The author, courageous at once, doesn t mince his words and criticizes the unruly system with an unparalleled sensitivity and tenderness, which is the hallmark of true journalism. It is not lost on us that Josy loves his nation as much as we all do and his singular fight is decorated with this compassion as he reveals the muck behind the concept of a Rising India. He fights with the armour of best intent, for all of us, and the book sets out to examine the ills of a contemporary India that deprives the common man of his rights while serving as a sanctuary to the richest as they further their exploitative agenda, abetted by a bargaining political class. Many of the facts will stun us, shaking us from the hoodwinking stupor of a generous economy that has everything for someone willing to bend the rules. While our nation survives on a streak of jingoism, creating fictional external foes, the book redirects our view to the true reality India s enemies are within. --By A Customer on 6 August 2016

A dazzling piece of non-fiction, A Feast of Vultures lays bare the problems that confound India. India s best-known investigative reporter, Josy Joseph, writes with moral conviction, yet never denigrates to pontification as he piles up evidence of corruption in high places. The truth is conveyed through a searing prose an alarm for the citizens to wake up and take notice. Corruption is everywhere, more so in India with the aid of the ubiquitous middleman , and the book exposes the morass at the heart of the world s biggest democracy. While the rich get richer, and the poor continue to beg for their inalienable rights, the book displays immense courage in exposing the offenders, who are abetted by India s political class for a price. While it criticizes the decaying system with impunity, the passion to see a resurgent India - minus its ills - is evident throughout the book. One of the stories is about an airline tycoon, who s daylight murder in the 90 s was shabbily investigated and hushed up to abet the rise of a leading rival airline today. The book is a reminder to us, not to look away, but to take notice of what can kill the very idea of India as a nation --By Soni S on 9 August 2016

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