“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”―Napoléon Bonaparte
Pre-summers in India are always laden with some election or the other. There is big anticipation on the budgets. Crops dry each year, farmers are compelled to suicide, but politicians keep warming their seats in the Parliament. Is there something we can do about it? Well, if not directly, at least we can make ourselves aware of the scenario and the darker side of it.
Sikander Bansi, an unlikely political heir in Delhi, secretly records politicians in Parliament as they haggle to become cabinet ministers, bag defence contracts, dodge criminal charges and collect corporate largesse.
Among them is a rising leader of the People’s Party, Nalan Malik, whose success has come through unscrupulous means. When Sikander suddenly disappears, Mira Mouli, a newspaper journalist with an unusual gift for knowing people’s thoughts, receives the controversial Parliament tapes along with clues to find him. She is attracted to Sikander’s principles and is wary of Nalan’s deceit. But her powers of knowing tell her a different story, one that she can unravel only at the cost of her life.
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About the Author: Kota Neelima, a Political Author in India, has been a journalist for 20 years and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is former Political Editor, The Sunday Guardian and writes on politics, democratic reforms and issues concerning rural poor in India. She is Senior Research Fellow, South Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. Neelima has written three books of fiction based on her exploration of Indian politics, her experience as a journalist as well as a researcher.Her last book ‘Shoes of the Dead,’ was immensely popular and acclaimed. She’s an impressionist-abstract painter as well, with solo exhibitions to her forte.
Aspiring author, frequent blogger, freelance editor, book critic, movie buff, mihidana fanatic. Lives in Pune. Before the above titles, I was a PhD dropout in Soil Science from the US of A, which rather coerced me into switching gears and professions. I work in both English and my mother tongue Bengali.