A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in by Josy Joseph

By Josy Joseph

‘Every day, thousands of individuals – the wealthy, the bad and the numerous overseas viewers – are trying to find how you can get their enterprise performed in glossy India. in the event that they seek within the correct locations and provide the correct rate, there's continuously a facilitator who can get the task performed. This publication is a sneak preview of these searches, the middlemen who do these jobs and the numerous possibilities that the fast-growing economic climate offers.’

Josy Joseph attracts upon twenty years as an investigative journalist to show an issue so pervasive that we don't have the phrases to talk of it. the tale is enormous: that of treacherous enterprise rivalries, of ways a few business homes essentially personal the rustic, of the shadowy males who run the nation’s politics. the tale is small: a village wishes a street and a clinic, a graveyard wishes a wall, humans want bathrooms. A dinner party of Vultures is an unparalleled, multiple-level inquiry into sleek India and the image it finds is either explosive and scary. inside those covers is unimpeachable proof opposed to a number of the country’s greatest enterprise homes and political figures and the reopening of significant scandals that experience formed its political narratives. via hard-nosed investigations and the meticulous accumulating of documentary facts, Joseph clinically examines and irrefutably records the non-reportable. it's a troubling narrative, but in addition a decision to motion and a cry for swap. A travel de strength during the wildly beating middle of post-socialist India, the publication is a must-read for someone attracted to figuring out the massive, unwieldy fact approximately this country.

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But in Hridaychak, cleanliness is a matter of life and death in the constant battle with deadly diseases. A trek to defecate or urinate can be life-threatening too. Women who are attacked, molested or raped while out to relieve themselves would be in the thousands, but only a few first information reports (FIRs) are filed. In the regional-language media, almost every other day, there are reports of this. The English press in India’s metropolises do not even consider this daily news trickle as worthy of a snippet.

Yet another scandal had erupted, and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Dr Manmohan Singh was lurching from controversy to controversy. It was 2011, and the government still had three years to go, but there was a heavy sense of hopelessness in the air. In a few months, the country would witness a huge eruption of anger against corruption through protests in various cities. The billionaire’s spokesperson had taken a two-hour flight from Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, that morning to meet me.

The daily commute is only one among the many challenges that Hridaychak’s children face as they attempt to find their way into the workforce and, if possible, claim their share of modern India’s successes. ‘We have a lot of brilliant students. But they can’t reach the IITs,’ one teacher says, referring to the several Indian Institutes of Technology, admission to which, through a competitive national exam, is among the most coveted achievements for those graduating from India’s schools. Ironically, Hridaychak is less than a three-hour ride from Nalanda, the site of one of the greatest higher education centres in human history.

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