The Counterfeiter: Abdul Karim Telgi and The Stamp Scam by Bhaswar Mukherjee
//Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs//
The Counterfeiter gives us a detailed account on the life of Abdul Karim Ladsaab Telgi. From the very beginning about his childhood, lifestyle, education and various crimes that happened in his family, One will come to know about his complete history. About his scams and also about money he spent in social causes. Language of the book can be comprehended easily. While reading the book we can easily make to the conclusion that a lot of research was done for the book. Proper facts were given which leaves the readers with zero doubts about the authenticity of the information.
An ambitious Abdul Karim moved to Mumbai, in hopes of getting a good job. However due to his fainéant nature in work environment, he started searching for ways to make money without doing hardwork. It was this thought that doomed him. He got arrested in 1993 owing to police complaints and cases registered against him for working illegally.
Later on he met Ram Ratan and together, the two plotted and began to plan their lives outside the prison. I am not going to give details to avoid spoilers.
After reading this book I started contemplating and questioning a lot of things about the incident. Like, How was it possible for Telgi’s wife, Shahida, to have offered nine unencumbered properties, valued at about Rs 100 crores, when Telgi’s assets had ostensibly been seized to pay off the fine levied by the court and other claims from him?
There was clearly a loophole here. Through the information given in the book we will see bitter reality of corruption which is not uncommon to anyone. People have started losing faith in justice owing to the daily case of corruption that we come across in news.
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