THE SILENT COUP: A HISTORY OF INDIA'S DEEP STATE
“In this compelling book by the award-winning Indian journalist Josy Joseph, it is not India's political leaders who are under the spotlight but the murky workings of India's deep state, from the police to the federal investigative and intelligence agencies.” — Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian
'Joseph's canvas is vast - from the Mumbai train blasts and the 26/11 terror attack to the Kashmir insurgency, turmoil in the Northeast, the Indian Peace-Keeping Force's debacles in Sri Lanka, and the 'Gujarat model' of the war on terror whose central tenet seems to be the perpetual rediscovery of plots to assassinate Narendra Modi'
-- The Hindu
'The Silent Coup is an eminently readable account peppered with such stories of characters like Ali and the good and bad men they are mostly men - of India's sprawling security machinery. It is a scathing indictment of the police and internal intelligence professions, and of the profession that both Joseph and I belong to, the media'
-- Hindustan Times
'This well-researched book is a must read for everyone who is concerned about threats to Indian democracy.'
-- M.K. Chandra Bose, Deccan Herald
'Joseph's has been a national service for outing India's deep state and mainstreamising a thought the minds of India's Muslims and has been present in of alternative strategic community for long. India's strategic community will be judged on how it assimilates Joseph's findings, interpretations and conclusions.'
-- Ali Ahmed, The Milli Gazette
'Journalist Josy Joseph, in his new book The Silent Coup: A History of India’s Deep State, brings out a whole new perspective about the dangers to Indian democracy. Joseph’s new book is a meticulous narration of India’s history of a deep State – a State within a State.'
-- Shaileshwar Yadav, The Leaflet
'What the book brings fresh is a diverse narrative on custodial deaths, fake encounters, UAPA accused, and stalling of Police reforms by political parties. Police brutality is a reality, but due to poor reforms and lack of Muslim representation in such bureaus, the sensitivity for the community eventually stays low.'
-- Snehal Mutha, Kartavya Sadhana
'Over the course of the book, Joseph recounts the remarkable lengths to which India’s police-intelligence complex goes to do the bidding of political masters, including knowingly arresting and torturing ordinary Muslims to cover up their failure to prevent terror attacks, the seeding of fake narratives and involvement in terror conspiracies to advance communal agendas and the stubborn refusal to hold anyone in the security world accountable.'
-- Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, Scroll.in
'A book that breaks new ground and speaks the truth at many levels, A Feast of Vultures turns an unflinching gaze on the way democracy actually functions in India.'
-- Karthika V.K., Publisher and Chief Editor, HarperCollins Publishers, India
'Investigative journalist Josy Joseph’s book A Feast of Vultures, which deals with corruption at all levels of Indian society, opens a Pandora’s box.'
-- Coomi Kapoor, in The Indian Express
'Looking forward to reading #AFeastofVultures. Just read the Outlook article. In one word, Outstanding!'
-- Pritish Nandy, on Twitter
'This is an irritatingly brilliant book. Too sweeping, too condemnatory, and, perhaps, too true. None of the chapters in the book would have made a report for any newspaper — nor would have any news editor let them get into the newspaper. Yet, there is a story to be told, and Joseph does it with considerable competence and style. A deeply sober and sobering book. '
--Harish Khare, Editor, The Tribune
'Compassionate, observant, acute, with a strong sense of justice, all in fine, mellowed prose. I hope it is widely read.'
-- Harsh Mander
'This is going to be the book of the year! '
-- Sagarika Ghose
'A brave and brilliant book; exemplifies the best of Indian investigative journalism. '
-- Varun Gandhi