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‘Main Shakeel Bhai bol raha hoon. Farmaiyen, Sheelaji!’
Among the first female journalists in India to investigate crime and
the underworld, Sheela Raval has had an eventful three-decade-long
career in print media and television that has seen her track India’s
most notorious criminals across different parts of the globe. Always
hot on the trail of a story, Raval broke the news about Chhota Rajan
surviving a brutal assassination attempt in Bangkok in 2000, attended
Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter’s wedding in Dubai and is the only person
to have interviewed Samira Jumani, noted gangster Abu Salem’s first
wife, after Salem’s arrest and extradition.
Now, in a candid memoir of fearless reportage, Raval recounts her
interactions with the much-feared dons, and the revelations they
brought forth about the intricate workings of organized crime within
Indian borders and beyond. Raval’s bold writing gives fresh and sofar
unpublished insight into the D Company’s evolution as a criminal
organization with transnational influence and connections with
foreign governments; the much-talked-about split between Dawood
and Chhota Rajan; a once-promising cricketer who became one of
Mumbai’s most-feared dons; the Abu Salem–Monica Bedi affair; and
the circumstances that led her to appear as a state witness in the highprofile
case against film producer Bharat Shah and Chhota Shakeel.
Chilling and revelatory, Raval’s stories provide a fascinating glimpse
into the minds of organized criminals who have long haunted India’s
security forces. Godfathers of Crime is a chronicle of men who have
lived outside the boundaries of the law for most of their lives, told
through the personal experiences of an intrepid journalist.