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By Josy Joseph

ISBN-10: 9350297515

ISBN-13: 9789350297513

ISBN-10: 9350297523

ISBN-13: 9789350297520

‘Every day, hundreds of thousands of individuals – the wealthy, the negative and the various international viewers – are trying to find how you can get their company performed in smooth India. in the event that they seek within the correct areas and provide the best rate, there's continually a facilitator who can get the task performed. This e-book is a sneak preview of these searches, the middlemen who do these jobs and the various possibilities that the fast-growing economic system offers.’

Josy Joseph attracts upon 20 years as an investigative journalist to reveal an issue so pervasive that we don't have the phrases to talk of it. the tale is gigantic: that of treacherous company rivalries, of ways a few commercial homes virtually personal the rustic, of the shadowy males who run the nation’s politics. the tale is small: a village wishes a street and a medical institution, a graveyard wishes a wall, humans desire bathrooms. A dinner party of Vultures is an unheard of, multiple-level inquiry into glossy India and the image it finds is either explosive and scary. inside of those covers is unimpeachable facts opposed to the various country’s largest enterprise homes and political figures and the reopening of significant scandals that experience formed its political narratives. via hard-nosed investigations and the meticulous collecting of documentary facts, Joseph clinically examines and irrefutably files the non-reportable. it's a troubling narrative, but in addition a decision to motion and a cry for switch. A travel de strength throughout the wildly beating center of post-socialist India, the ebook is a must-read for a person attracted to realizing the big, unwieldy fact approximately this state.

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They stole one-and-a-half sacks of rice,’ the principal said. How desperate the thief must have been to steal rice meant for children, I thought. Everyone in the room was vocal about the many ways in which the government and its indifferent bureaucracy had been snatching what should rightfully have come to the children of Hridaychak. The government is so distant, unreachable – and that was at the centre of their collective grouse. In New Delhi, all discussions are now about transforming India into a manufacturing hub, building smart cities and strengthening the country’s IT power status.

Multi-lane elevated roads were built over congested parts of Delhi, new metro lines snaked in fresh directions under and over the city, dedicated apartments for athletes rose up on the Yamuna river bed, shabby stadiums received impressive facelifts, and as the games inched closer, the ugly parts were covered with view blockers and thousands of beggars were carted away to government-run hostels outside the city. A sanitized India welcomed foreign visitors. Jubilee Sports Technology Private Limited, many of whose promoters claimed to live in Karalla, played a critical role in getting the city ready for the games.

In 2009, when the final meeting was taking place to approve new rural roads for Bihar, it was decided that because of limited resources work would be taken up in only two districts – Aurangabad and Chhapra. Anwer’s Arwal district didn’t figure on the list. But one sympathetic IRCON engineer, who had been at the receiving end of Anwer’s persistence, forced the members at the meeting to take up the road as an exception. Even then, according to the original plan made by IRCON, Anwer’s road was fifteenth on the list of new roads for Arwal district.

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