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Politics of Corruption: The Goddess that Failed

Shashi B. Sahai (Author)
Synopsis "When priests and bishops them selves turn heretics", asks the author, "who will save the church?" That almost sums up the book. It is a story of how, starting from the high moral pedestal raised by the Mahatma, Indian politics has sunk to abysmal depths of corruption and criminality. It gives a blow by blow account of the gross transformation of a politics of faith and trust into one of breach of faith and betrayal of trust, of a politics of commitment into one of commerce. It is the tale of a nation which, in the prime of its life, has not only lost its agenda but also its horizon. From electoral corruption to criminalisation of politics, from the gimmicks of 'Garibi Hatao' and employment generation to youth alienation and breakdown of institutions, nothing escapes the author's brutally frank dissection of India's distorted political dispensation. Through an uninhibited and no-holds-barred account of the country's political adventures and entrepreneurs, who have turned politics into a flourishing business enterprise, the author exposes the grotesque face of political corruption comprehensively as no one has done before. His close interface with corruption of politicians in course of his professional life, with small beginnings during early post-independence years till it reached Juggernautian proportions by the 80's, has given him a rare insight to do so. The book explodes many assiduously created myths about India's politics, economics, development and progress. It may evoke more arguments, praise, criticism, even outright condemnation, than perhaps any other book on contemporary political scene. It may be loved or hated, but cannot be ignored. It will excite, stimulate the reader to no end, and should be read by every one concerned about the state of the nation. Irreverential and explosive, it is a fitting stock-taking of post-independence India's political slide down at the fag end, the flickering cigarette / butt of the twentieth century about to extinguish in the ashtray of history.
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About the author

Shashi B. Sahai

Shashi B. Sahai, a former IPS officer who rose to the top position in his cadr, has had a life-long passion for reading and writing. His long stint in the police coupled with extraordinarily observant eyes and ears equipped him with a rare insight into all facets of India life, including human conduct at its worst. a voracious reader and prolific writer, his wide-ranging intellectual quests took him to numerous seminars and symposia in India and abroad, in which he contributed papers on subjects ranging from criminology to economic development, youth affairs and world peace. His articles on diverse topics of national interest have been published in dailies, periodicals and journals from time to time. He is also closely associated with the publication of a magazine Denouement as a member of its editorial board. Widely travelled through Europe and America, he brings about a refreshing world view to bear upon his writings, which is highly stimulating. He made his mark as a powerful writer, in a delightful racy style of hsi own, with his thought-provoking book Politics of Corruption: The Goddess that Failed. It has been acclaimed as an authentic account of India's steep slide down into the morass of corruption and criminalisation after Independence.

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Bibliographic information

Title Politics of Corruption: The Goddess that Failed
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1995
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204895
length x+228p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.