Award-winning Investigative Journalist
Award winning investigative journalist Josy Joseph spent almost a decade travelling across India and clinically examining major business deals, government decisions, and institutions to unravel the reality of modern India in an unparalleled way. His just released book “A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India” is being celebrated by critics and readers as a brilliant, courageous and gripping take on modern India.
A tour de force through the heart of modern India, weaving together the daily struggles of its poorest with the shenanigans of its rich, A Feast of Vultures clinically examines and irrefutably documents the crisis gripping the world’s largest democracy.
The book opens in an ordinary village and winds up outside the palatial residence of one of the richest Indians. In the pages in between, Josy draws up on the stories of anonymous poor and famous Indians to weave together the challenges facing the world’s largest democracy.
He documents the vulture like habits of Indian elite, who feed on the misery of its poor, mostly rural, residents. From across the country, the author does breakthrough reportage on the flourishing phenomenon of middlemen in modern India. He brings to life the men and women who facilitate access to decision makers, and manipulate government decisions.
The book then zooms in on a particular segment of Indian economy to show how pliable the institutions of Indian democracy are at the hands of ambitious and well-funded business leaders seeking preferential treatment from government officials or through intermediaries, including those from the criminal underworld. Through a detailed investigation, the author reveals how evidence exists that some of the most successful of India’s new generation entrepreneurs have thrived through bribes, manipulation, and possibly even murder.
In the final segment of the book, Josy writes about the real beneficiaries of this corrupt and crumbling system. Many of India’s elite are lawmakers and lawbreakers – who use their financial and political clout to steer policymaking and legislation to benefit their business empires – and keep competitors at bay. They have become the puppet masters in today’s bankrupt system of governance, straddling the heights of political and economic power, unencumbered by either democratic accountability or regulatory oversight.
Josy’s stories have over the years resulted in several investigations by the CBI, military, and other agencies. Among his scoops are the Adarsh Housing Scam, Naval War Room Leak, several aspects of 2G scandal, Commonwealth Games scams etc.
Josy Joseph is the author of the just released ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India.’
He is an award-winning investigative journalist based in New Delhi. His stories have repeatedly fostered public debate, and continue to contribute to significant policy and systemic changes in India. His investigative stories include the Adarsh Apartment scam, Naval War Room Leak case, several aspects of recent scandals such as the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, the 2G Spectrum Allocation scam, and other government decisions that have highlighted nepotism and corruption in governance at all levels.
The Prem Bhatia Trust elected him India’s best political reporter of 2010 ‘for his scoops and revelations, which include a list of scams that have become familiar names in the political lexicon’. In July 2013, the Ramnath Goenka Foundation run by the Indian Express group awarded him the Journalist of the Year in print media.
Joseph was with The Times of India until August 2015. He is presently the national security editor of The Hindu.
Joseph holds a master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Kerala University.
He lives in New Delhi with his wife Priya and daughter Supriya and available at www.josyjoseph.in