When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics eBook

When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics ❰EPUB❯ ✹ When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics Author Milan Vaishnav – Thomashillier.co.uk The first thorough study of the co existence of crime and democratic processes in Indian politics In India, the world s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises The Pays: Money and Muscle PDF/EPUB ² first thorough study of the co existence Pays: Money PDF/EPUB ä of crime and democratic processes in Indian politics In India, the world s largest democracy, the symbiotic relationship between crime and politics raises complex questions For instance, how When Crime PDF/EPUB or can free and fair democratic processes exist alongside rampant criminality Why do political parties recruit candidates with reputations for wrongdoing Why are one third of state and national legislators elected and often re elected in spite of Crime Pays: Money MOBI · criminal charges pending against them In this eye opening study, political scientist Milan Vaishnav mines a rich array of sources, including fieldwork on political campaigns and interviews with candidates, party workers, and voters, large surveys, and an original database on politicians backgrounds to offer the first comprehensive study of an issue that has implications for the study of democracy both within and beyond India s borders.


10 thoughts on “When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

  1. A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove says:

    4.5 5 This is a superb book that goes indepth into the history, cause, effect and possible solutions of criminalisation of politics and politicisation of criminals in India A major insight of the book is that criminals r elected not because voters lack information, but despite having information This is bcoz in a non functional judicial system, criminals provide quick fixes Also, identity politics plays a crucial role.The book is non partisan and scholarly but very readable Infact read it du 4.5 5 This is a superb book that goes indepth into the history, cause, effect and possible solutions of criminalisation of politics and politicisation of criminals in India A major insight of the book is that criminals r elected not because voters lack information, but despite having information This is bcoz in a non functional judicial system, criminals provide quick fixes Also, identity politics plays a crucial role.The book is non partisan and scholarly but very readable Infact read it during a trip.The 0.5 rating has been deducted has I felt possible solutions should have been discussed


  2. Virat hooda Virat hooda says:

    link True Wonderer Money is the mother s milk of politics Jesse Unruh, American Democratic politicianMr Unruh being a capitalist country s politician, makes sense But we were supposed to be better than that, were we not After all it is after throwing off this yolk of corrupt capitalist foreign rule that we came into existence once again But alas, that statement istrue for us than any other country in the world Because even in America, the money that flows in politics, however much link True Wonderer Money is the mother s milk of politics Jesse Unruh, American Democratic politicianMr Unruh being a capitalist country s politician, makes sense But we were supposed to be better than that, were we not After all it is after throwing off this yolk of corrupt capitalist foreign rule that we came into existence once again But alas, that statement istrue for us than any other country in the world Because even in America, the money that flows in politics, however much filthy, is still traceable.This was a very interesting book to go through, on the one hand it didn t tell me anything new All the points, counterpoints that it provided, have been made by most citizens across this country in parlors, social gatherings, bus stops and in drunken stupors We can all see the what and why On the other hand, the setting and arrangement it provided, the order and statistical proofs, the live examples, give those points a good hard credible base to sit on Which is not encouraging, we all kind of hope that our assessment This country is going to shit is somehow wrong But closing one s eyes to the truth has never been a good idea India experienced the traditional state building process in reverse order unlike Europe, for instance, India instituted full democracy and then set about building a state Much of the West did precisely the opposite As a result, underdeveloped institutions have been the Achilles heel of Indian democracy from the outset The stem of all the trouble,in our fledgling democracy, comes from this argument I believe That statement alone gives a lot of what s wrong, and how Crime in politics, is undoubtedly prevalent because the institutions set up by our democracy for the care of its people are inefficient, haphazardly constructed, and too bureaucratically log jammed So, in such a scenario the advent of God Fathers who fill in the vacuum and act as an independent state is no surprise And if there activities are acceptable to the public and the state is unable to rein them in, then the next logical step is to take power officially too Of course, an unending supply of illicit liquid funds for the politicians to run their never ending campaigns in this always election mode country is another major factor But you get the point, the caste break up and its effects, reservation in politics and its impact, the book argues many such points with hard empirical data And then dissect the arguments to get to their social causes and effects An interesting read indeed, for an Indian at least.Fully deserving of the 4 stars I awarded it The book is detailed, filled with examples and on road research with a lot of statistical analysis Though, it is true that the arguments forwarded by all of these are not entirely new, but reading them in such a well structured form is quite informative For every Indian politics and crime enthusiast, this is quite a worthwhile book to go through and reflect Great work by Mr Vaishnav Go for it and see how money makes the world turn indeed


  3. Jesse Jesse says:

    When Crime Pays coherently demonstrates and explains how and why criminal politicians have become common and successful in India The evidence is well arranged however, the book would have been well served by slightly longer vignettes case studies of individual criminal politicians and the contingent but hopefully representative path they took and impact they had in office.That said, the book is worth reading for anyone who wants to know why India has so many criminal politicians which i When Crime Pays coherently demonstrates and explains how and why criminal politicians have become common and successful in India The evidence is well arranged however, the book would have been well served by slightly longer vignettes case studies of individual criminal politicians and the contingent but hopefully representative path they took and impact they had in office.That said, the book is worth reading for anyone who wants to know why India has so many criminal politicians which is to say, anybody who s interested in politics or policy in India


  4. Kr Abhishek Kr Abhishek says:

    This is what you call a slolidly researched book. Almost like a scholarly article. 70 pages of references Phew It is a must read for anyone interested in understanding Indian politics and its evolution post independence..


  5. Sainath Sunil Sainath Sunil says:

    Riveting and exposes the underbelly of the Indian political landscape We all knew intuitively that politics and electioneering involved lot of unregulated money flowing through various conduits, what Milan Vaishnav does here so well is to discern patterns based on data in affidavits submitted by prospective MLA s and MP s to bust a lot of myths around corruption and its trends The book takes a look at how Indian politics has evolved since Independence when the congress was undisputed in reach, Riveting and exposes the underbelly of the Indian political landscape We all knew intuitively that politics and electioneering involved lot of unregulated money flowing through various conduits, what Milan Vaishnav does here so well is to discern patterns based on data in affidavits submitted by prospective MLA s and MP s to bust a lot of myths around corruption and its trends The book takes a look at how Indian politics has evolved since Independence when the congress was undisputed in reach, loyalty and could win elections across geographies, a lot of it changed as the grass root leadership of the congress was allowed to weakened and was in time replaced with cronies who had no real connect except their ability to command muscle and money when it was demanded for This weakening became especially rampant with Indira Gandhi coming to power who made the congress into an inward looking party and there emerged the centralised structure of the party The book traces the reasons why criminals who were earlier happy with being the muscle decided to integrate themselves into politics directly This injection of criminality directly into the body politic of India was crucial and has become the trend across all state and central elections Greater transparency seems to be the ask but the way forward looks murky as institutions lose their credibility and resources, the election commission meanwhile continues to remain a defanged institution despite the heroic tenures of a few daring CEC s This book is a brilliant expose of campaign funding, opacity around it, why politics remains replete with dirty elements and whyinformation about their prospective candidates does not change how voters vote in a country where caste affiliations trump reason


  6. animesh jain animesh jain says:

    The author turns the main argument about why criminals persist in Indian politics on its head over the years many activists have advocated that citizens elect criminal politicians because they are not aware about their criminal background thus they demand greater transparency in the system Author argues that criminals are elected because of the fact that they are criminals he compares Indian politics with a marketplace there are both pull and push factors at work here Till 1980s politician The author turns the main argument about why criminals persist in Indian politics on its head over the years many activists have advocated that citizens elect criminal politicians because they are not aware about their criminal background thus they demand greater transparency in the system Author argues that criminals are elected because of the fact that they are criminals he compares Indian politics with a marketplace there are both pull and push factors at work here Till 1980s politicians worked in cahoots with criminals to serve mutual goals however since then criminals have themselves taken the role of politicians the reasons for this are many, primarily being the setback to Congress hegemony with the rise of different parties.On the other hand, citizens desire strongmen primarily because of fragmented nature of Indian society each caste group wants to see their men in power to protect their community s interest Since the formal channel of justice, law order have practically broken down, people rely on strongmen to ensure justice delivery and resolution of disputes.The book rely on various interviews, surveys and electoral data to drive home its point


  7. Sandeep Dash Sandeep Dash says:

    Perhaps the only issue with this book is the fact that it is extremely repetitive I have honestly never read a book on such an issue with such depth of research and that makes the book particularly amazing Two quick things for those who intend to read this 1 Most things mentioned are something you would know With all that data and analysis, confirmation is what you will have 2 The book isn t for the revolutionary types When the book speaks of solutions or the issues, it does so with a fir Perhaps the only issue with this book is the fact that it is extremely repetitive I have honestly never read a book on such an issue with such depth of research and that makes the book particularly amazing Two quick things for those who intend to read this 1 Most things mentioned are something you would know With all that data and analysis, confirmation is what you will have 2 The book isn t for the revolutionary types When the book speaks of solutions or the issues, it does so with a firm belief that the system is designed to be good and it is only few issues that render it bad For instance, democracy is fine, it s criminality that renders it worse off These assumptions and the deductions that follow do not make a case for radical changes within our system..at best they call for piecemeal changes All in all, decent book to have a comprehensive idea about corruption and criminality in politics


  8. Jaidev Shah Jaidev Shah says:

    Some writers have it, some don t Vaishnav falls in the latter Writer keep repeating the same things in all the chapters What could be explained in a few lines, takes few pages or a chapter to explain I guess there may not be too much to write on the subject or the author does not understand how to put his thoughts together.I finally gave up reading the book on page 255 This book is not meant for ordinary reader its for researchers.


  9. Prasad GR Prasad GR says:

    Reading it ahead of the 2018 assembly elections in Karnataka, what with the papers flooded with news of the antics of our netas, it is impossible to not turn cynical The in depth analysis of all available data to probe the unholy nexus of politicians and criminals only substantiates what we already know While I am not expecting all politicians to be selfless saints, what is truly disappointing is the lack of even an iota of desire for public service Politics is a story of the wealthy chasing Reading it ahead of the 2018 assembly elections in Karnataka, what with the papers flooded with news of the antics of our netas, it is impossible to not turn cynical The in depth analysis of all available data to probe the unholy nexus of politicians and criminals only substantiates what we already know While I am not expecting all politicians to be selfless saints, what is truly disappointing is the lack of even an iota of desire for public service Politics is a story of the wealthy chasing power and the powerful chasing wealth Any development that takes place is then only a side effect of these games and not the result of well intentioned actions of the principal players The farce that was staged around the Rajya Sabha nominations from Karnataka only furthered my disappointment.Milan s prescriptions at the end of the book to remedy the situation are so hopelessly idealistic that I can t see any light at the end of the tunnel One of the most depressing reads of my life but for no fault of the author So much so that, ever so often, I had to intentionally put this book aside after a few pages to take a breather and even switched to another book for a while before getting back


  10. Shanmugam Ramasamy Shanmugam Ramasamy says:

    A very unique perspective of why criminals thrive in Indian politics Gives a good understanding of the ways to avoid this as well The only downside was I felt the book could have been a little not concise Nevertheless it s very evident the author has done a lot of ground work too come up with this book The book can be summarized concisely as follows Unless and until the state is seen as an impartial and credible provider of security, Justice and social and economic benefits there will alway A very unique perspective of why criminals thrive in Indian politics Gives a good understanding of the ways to avoid this as well The only downside was I felt the book could have been a little not concise Nevertheless it s very evident the author has done a lot of ground work too come up with this book The book can be summarized concisely as follows Unless and until the state is seen as an impartial and credible provider of security, Justice and social and economic benefits there will always be spaces for those seeking to fill the gap between these institutions and popular expectations to make a living


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