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 attracts 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 number of alternative characters, mammoth and small, stroll the pages of this compelling historical past of the Maharashtrian mobsters who have been as soon as dubbed ‘amchi muley’, ‘our boys’, by way of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. both attention-grabbing are the tales of the recognized – 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 energy of this e-book can be its skill to seize the mundane – virtually naive – beginnings of what in a short time turned the prepared crime and brutal vendettas that held Mumbai to ransom throughout the final many years of the 20 th century.
Meticulously researched and thrillingly advised through the stated professional at the underworld, this is
faster-paced than Dongri to Dubai, or even extra chilling in its implications for India and the subcontinent.
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The hidden tenor of this logic might perhaps be formulated as follows: if such is the truth of kingship for Kesava Bhatta, how much more must this be the case for our local zamindar--or the Nayaka king! But-this is the other side of the coin-the story also shows us how 191bid. for several sbiking examples of this attitude. INTRODUCTION 21 regal counterfeit comes true. Exposing the hollowness of the display does not preclude our successfully imitating it. In fact, the mimetic aspect of the story is at least as salient as its satirical, debunking quality.
Even little kingdoms of the period, such as Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram, earlier abandoned for the most part by historians to the mercies of gazetteer writers, are now the objects of substantial and serious analyses, which serve inter alia to question the notion that cycles of material and cultural efflorescence and decline coincide of necessity with the rise and decline of great 'imperial' formations. 3 To an extent, what is being questioned is the very notion of a strong causal relationship (flowing in either direction) between material prosperity and cultural complexity and development.
1518) and Fernao Nunes (c. 1535) (the last two being the authors of the accounts in the Cr6nica) believe the object of their descriptions to be? Certainly, to them it was no 'empire' (imperio), ate~ which for them would have carried very specific connotations; rather it was simply a reino (kingdom)-the kingdom of Bisnagua or Narsingua. Besides, Vijayanagara was a kingdom to be placed in its context, which is to say alongside the kingdoms of Orissa and Bengal, which were to these Portuguese as powerful (if not more so) than Vijayanagara itself.