Sunday, February 3, 2013

R.I.P: Resurgent Indian Patriots – Mukul Deva – A Book Review

How many times have you put down the newspaper seething with anger or turned off a news channel because it got a little too disturbing? How many times have you read about scams and wondered how politicians of the world’s largest democracy can swindle thousands of crores of tax payers’ money and walk away scot free? How many times have you wanted a revolutions of sorts turning the nation upside down and to make way for The Great Indian Utopia; all of us have been waiting for?

The book R.I.P: Resurgent Indian Patriots capitalises on the same sentiments.  Five ex-Para-Military officers who call themselves the K-Team are out on a mission to cleanse the nation of all the wrong doing by the politicians. They are technically sound and are intellectually strong. They are self-confessed vigilantes of the nation; who’ve been waiting for the right moment to strike. Their emotions aren’t any different from yours or mine; they are the same. But it is just that they’ve decided to fight it out while you and I are waiting for a miracle to happen.

Plot: K-Team, led by Colonel Krishna Athwale, selects six politicians embroiled in scams of different magnitudes. The scams have a wide range; technology-fodder-arms dealing and the likes. Their targets are spread far and wide across the country.  K-Team, wants to rid the nation of all these unscrupulous people and make way for a transparent nation where you and I can live in peace.

Set in present day India, the scams, people described and the plot sounds very close to home. Every time a politician or a scam is described, we can put a finger on who it is and how it has affected the nation.  K-Team is successful in Round-One of its mission; by successfully bringing down second-rung politicians in Patna, Chennai and Pune. They then issue a nationwide statement, warning people from the three pillars of the society namely; Army, Justice and Politicians.
At this precise moment, the home minister wants to track down the RIP members who’ve claimed responsibility for the attack; he involves Vinod Bedi, Special Director, CBI, his assistant Nandakumar and finally a rouge para-military commando Raghav Bhagat.  

Raghav Bhagat is Krishna Athwale’s anti-thesis, and he is hired by the politicians to track the K-Team down.  All these characters are oblivious to each other’s presence.
Whilst the politicians grapple with the demands of the RIP team, they move on with their plan and successfully bring down a Judge and an arms dealer amidst tight political security.  Will they be able to bring down their last and final target? Will they be successful  in bringing about a revolution. Will they survive attack, is the rest of the story.

Writing: The writing is simple and very easy on the reader. The author has taken an effort to understand the psyche of military officers and politicians alike. The plot is fast paced and entertaining, and it's very hard to put down the book. Loved reading it!

When you read the book, you can understand the kind of mental turmoil these politicians go through. Their records are full of scams, their hands so dirty and the roots are so deep that unearthing each one of them is going to be one hell of a task. The politicians cover up for each other simply because; if one person lets them down, then all of them will go down together. Such is the magnitude of today’s political scams.

Final Words: Special thanks to the author for going that extra mile by giving us an insight into the minds of highly trained Para-Mililtary Officers and also giving us hope that if we put our mind to cleansing the nation, we can.

If you’ve enjoyed watching Rang De Basanti and wanted a revolution to take over the nation, then Mukul Deva’s  R.I.P, should give you enough ammunition to want one real soon.

Go ahead and grab your copy now! Totally worth it and highly recommended.

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