Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dongri to Dubai - Six Decades of the Mumbai Underworld by S.Hussain Zaidi

Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia by S. Hussain Zaidi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

S. Hussain Zaidi's coverage of the Six decades of Mumbai Mafia - Dongri to Dubai chronicles the rise and the power of the Mumbai Mafia in general and the D Syndicate in particular. Zaidi tells the story about the rise of the Muslim Mafia first led by Haji Mastan and Karim Lala to later conquered by Dawood Ibrahim who changed the way mafia operated in India

The most wanted man in India and a designated global terrorist, Dawood still leads a life of luxury and wealth in Karachi, Pakistan. His network of informants, people and good is still the best in business and works loyally for him.

It was his networks logistical support and insights that allowed 6 men to hold Mumbai hostage. The book gives a overview of how the cartel operates.

A page turner for sure, but I feel it still does not give the due to the Mumbai Police which in spite of bureaucratic hurdles, political pressure and internal back stabbing still managed to bring down the influence of underworld and the D-Company in particular over the years in all forms of daily life.

The Police fought an herculean battle and overcame tremendous odds sometimes using extra-judicious methods to make the Maximum City safe again for the people.

A good one time read. I like the fact that Zaidi does not look at Dawood through rose tinted glasses and does not eulogize the gangster as the Bollywood films are wont to do...

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