“In India, everyone has a price”
This is the central premise of the book “A Feast of Vultures-The Hidden Business of Democracy in India” by Josy Joseph
The author proves this point by quoting a variety of examples-
-How stenographer R K Dhawan owns a bungalow in posh Delhi’s Jor Bagh
-How Congress typist Vincent George owns multiple properties
-How Sudhir Choudhrie and Suresh Nanda manipulated defense deals
-How a Army Chief took bribes
-How Naveen Jindal destroyed the environment
-How Mukesh Ambani usurped an orphanage property to build his house and so on.
The most startling revelation in the book is that the author alleges that Jet Airways Boss Naresh Goyal gave a ‘supari’ to the Dawood Ibrahim gang to get rival East West Airlines owner Wahid killed.
Reading this book fills one with despair on how India works-with its middlemen,corruption, ruthless industrialists,rapacious politicians,thieving bureaucrats etc
One flaw in the book is that the author’s leftist,pro-AAP and anti-Modi biases are obvious.Also,the narrative is a bit meandering which could have used a tighter editorial control.