GAS WARS - Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis is a new book on the politics surrounding our immense natural resources. Although it is on 'Natural Gas', it draws a picture surrounding natural resources as a business proposition by the well connected rich and the powerful. It is written by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Subir Ghosh and Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri.
The book highlights the weaknesses of our system that allowed the Reliance group to blatantly exploit loopholes, which were consciously retained in the system to benefit the powerful. It is an alarming reflection of how big businesses with money and muscle has benefitted from the way Government policies are structured - be it Meghalaya or Coal fields of Sonari, Assam, or the rich natural gas reserves in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
It lays bare the alarming facts of a natural disaster waiting to happen due to the ruthless exploitation of the country's natural resources in order to swell the fortunes of the few.
I have an opinion that this also funds the super expensive elections of the country, with its thousands of helicopter rides, plane trips and cash to the thousands of volunteers.
All concerned citizens of the country should read this book. This book gives us strength to actively participate in our country's progress by providing the necessary checks and balances.
It is worth mentioning that when Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and Mr. Prashant Bhushan had called for a press conference regarding the same issue, quite a few of media companies were served legal notices by Reliance Group for broadcasting the press conference !! Where is Right to Free Expression?
Later, all the three authors were served legal notices. Even Amazon.in and FlipKart.com who are merely selling the book were served legal notices. One young girl who just helped Mr. Thakurta sent out invites for the book launch was also served a legal notice !!
Please read the book or just glance through it before making an opinion. But please make an opinion for sure.