Title: Operation India One

Author: Shiv Kumar

Publisher: Om Books International

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9789383202249

My View:

A bold subject covered boldly. More books like this one should be published.

Naxalites – heard the word? Any idea what made them come into existence at all? What is their purpose behind their existence and the ruckus created? Why is it that the areas under their control seem to be almost impermeable?

Layers are many more and unanswered questions are numerous. Will anyone be accountable and responsible enough to unveil the hidden truth and reality? Well, I am confident that nobody will be. Therefore, any attempt this work is very much praise-worthy and plausible. This work is influenced by the author’s own experiences while serving the Indian government.

Having known the author’s professional background; please do not presume that the draft is an explanation of the political bureaucrats or some ideology influenced or backed by them by any means. This rather comes as a educational account about the not-so-known community.

The author very smartly touches upon highly sensitive issues (as far as Indian scenario is concerned) – including the politics, corporate and the common man. The story is based in a small village in Bihar which is infested with the Naxalites – MAF. The protagonist visits the place under a highly crucial operation – Operation India One and what happens next makes up the content of the book.

The author seems to have a good command on writing. Undertaking such a topic and drafting a reality-based account is not as easy as said. More than writing skills it demands courage and his work proves this. Every single reader will appreciate his work and worth of it. The story has every element of an entertaining read – mystery, purpose, target and a series of facts that unearth as we turn pages. The characters are crafted impressively. His personal experience has complemented his writing very well and made the whole story realistic and relatable while reading!

I conclude my views with a one liner – A commendable work! Must read to know about how the cobweb entangles a common man and refrains from a prosperous socio-economic growth despite financial and so-called political support.

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I had received this review copy months back in a review program hosted by the Readers Cosmos but due to some unavoidable problems; I missed publishing the review on-time. I apologize the ReadersCosmos team, author and the publisher’s team for the undue delay.

About the Book

Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged.

 

Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.

About the author

Shiv Kumar is working as commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar (India). Previously he had worked as an engineer in BHEL (A government of India Undertaking) for nine years. He has travelled extensively throughout India during the course of his work. He is deeply passionate about reading and writing and most prefers subjects which provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian social reality. Other genres he is fond of, are travel writing, thriller and crime fiction. He lives in Patna with his wife, Sarika, and daughter, Lavanya, and can be contacted at shiv5180@gmail.com.

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