Kumkum Chadha belongs to that breed of journalists whose irreverential and bold writings gave an entirely new flavor to Indian journalism in the post Emergency era. Within a span of few years, Kumkum earned an enviable reputation and was counted among the fearless journalists of her times. Described as one with a pen of knives, Kumkum was known for her incisive reports and celebrity interviews. Eminent journalist author Khushwant Singh described her as India’s Oriana Fallaci.
Appalling conditions that obtain in our prisons have never been fully exposed to public gaze. Here for the first time we learn in gory detail tortures inflicted on hapless suspects to extract information, indignities including rape perpetrated on women undertrials and convicts, the sodomizing of young boys by older criminals and warders and the agonies of men sentenced to death awaiting their final tryst with destiny The grim narrative is enlivened with stories of good times that can be had by prisoners who can pay for their Scotch, Champagne, imported cigarettes and young girls. Kumkum Chadha's work is based on extensive interviews with inmates of hundreds of prisons...Read More
This book on Indian prisons is based on extensive research study at first hand of several jails, !iv lug conditions of undertrials and convicts. and halting measures introduced in the name of reform and rehabilitation. The author spent over two years in field work, examined all the material available in archives, newspaper offices as well as reports made by successive Commissions. For the first time the lay reader gets an insight into a 'twilight' world festering with greed, corruption and cruelty; the plight of thousands of innocent men, women and children being gradually robbed of their personality by the tortuous process of the Law; and the misuse of 'police power'.Read More
CRUCIFIXION is basically the unveiling of politicians of various shapes, sizes and hues. The only difference is that instead of nails the author uses questions.
In the interviews, paper tiger politicians come out as they are rustling instead of roaring.
Some of them are outrageously controversial like the Shahi Imam's emphatic.... "Hindus have no religion a Muslim is a Muslim first...."
Choudhary Charan Singh's sitting was marked by his daughter transforming herself into punctuation marks till a question about the grand-daughter led to a 'ceremonial' parting of ways between the interviewer...