01 August, 2021

Following The Dirt Track

About the messy bits of Delhi’s ruling class, the political chicanery and the games that emerging political parties play for the sake of power.

Following The Dirt Track
outlookindia.com
2016-06-03T20:12:04+05:30

With the election to five states just over and now eve­r­­yone already in campaign mode for Uttar Pradesh, senior political journalist Kota Neelima’s The Honest Season seems appropriate reading. It’s fiction that offers realtime news. It is about the messy bits of Delhi’s ruling class, the political chicanery, newshounds on the prowl and the games that emerging political parties play for the sake of power. And no one seems to emerge the better. Even media org­­an­isations, committed to exposing corruption in political parties, defence deals and business opportunities, seem to be actua­ted by their vested interests.

The story is the chase set up—at once private and public—by Sikandar Bansi, a young politician who has entered politics the easy way, thanks to the dynastic role played by his father in politics in PP, or the People’s Party. He is an idealist who turns whistle-blower. He goes into hiding and releases a series of tapes that have had him perform a series of six sting operations—all...

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