Byculla to Bangkok by S. Hussain Zaidi

By S. Hussain Zaidi

The high-stakes online game of the underworld has new faces, operating for and opposed to Dawood Ibrahim – the shadowy, manipulative determine that draws the strings. Dawood’s personal deputy grew to become arch-rival Chhota Rajan, thug-turned-politician Arun Gawli, Amar (Raavan) Naik and his engineer brother Ashwin Naik, and a bunch of alternative characters, massive and small, stroll the pages of this compelling heritage of the Maharashtrian mobsters who have been as soon as dubbed ‘amchi muley’, ‘our boys’, through Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. both attention-grabbing are the tales of the well-known – and notorious – policemen and ‘encounter specialists’ who took the gangs on with nice luck and never too many scruples.

Violence and deceit one expects to learn of, however the power of this booklet can be its skill to catch the mundane – nearly naive – beginnings of what in a short time grew to become the equipped crime and brutal vendettas that held Mumbai to ransom throughout the final a long time of the 20 th century.

Meticulously researched and thrillingly instructed via the stated specialist at the underworld, this can be
faster-paced than Dongri to Dubai, or even extra chilling in its implications for India and the subcontinent.

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Jesudasan, A History of Tamil Literature (Calcutta, 1961). 1 During the nineteenth century the economy of India, like that of medieval Europe, was composed of regions each with its own systems of growing and getting, without unified markets or the economic uniformities which industry and urbanisation can bring. The result was vast discrepancy between the economic sophistications of the Presidency capitals and the primitive agrarianism of much of the interior; Bengal included the economic extremes of Clive Street and the jungles of the Santal country.

See SAB, 1, 53-8; 11,46, 194; 111,52, 293; iv, 46, 222, 329; v, 47, 52-5, 190, 286, 402-3; vi, 145; ix, 48. 3 igu Census, Bengal, v, 553, 571. 4 SAB, iv, 46. Cultivating Brahmins were most numerous in Burdwan. 1 However, Bengali Brahmins were not a homogeneous group. 2 In every district, moreover, there were degraded* Brahmins who had lost status for ministering to lower castes or for some other misdemeanour. Forming separate groups shunned by other Brahmins,3 they further qualified any notion of Brahmin solidarity.

In practice it was less rigid. Since the traditional fourfold division of the caste system was no more than an ideal construct, the hierarchies which it enjoined were no more than pious aspirations. 1 Lower down the scale, precise ranking was impossible, since under the general designation of Sudras came a host of sub-castes of controversial rank. With these ambiguities of status, the ordering between castes was open to pressure, to argument and to change. But the ambiguities went further than this.

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