AMBUSH Tales of the Ballot

AMBUSH Tales of the Ballot

by Alok Shukla


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"A book every Indian who values their freedom should read with pride.
This riveting collection of short stories is based on true life incidents. The canvas is the incredible phenomenon that is Indian electoral politics. The success of electoral democracy in a poor, underdeveloped nation which laboured for centuries under foreign rule is nothing less than a miracle.

But seventy years after independence, the teeming millions of India take freedom for granted. The electoral process is as much a part of our lives as inhaling and exhaling. Few know of the enormous challenges the Election Commission faces in conducting free and fair elections even though the Constitution of India guarantees complete autonomy to the Election Commission, so much so that once the electoral process begins, not even the judiciary can interfere with it.

This book takes us behind the scenes, giving us glimpses into the extraordinary challenges faced and overcome by the unsung crew of the Indian electoral story. These are tales of ordinary people - polling staff, security personnel, candidates, journalists, police, and above all, the Indian voter, who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and an inspiring sense of duty in conducting the most complex and difficult elections in the world.

A book that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the eternal quest for freedom of Ma

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789352017126
Publisher: Platinum Press
Publication date: 02/16/2018
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

DR ALOK SHUKLA is a surgeon and serving IAS officer. He was educated at Pt. J.N.M. Medical College, Raipur. Following a distinguished academic career, he joined the IAS, serving as Collector at Shivpuri and Sagar, in Madhya Pradesh, and Secretary in the departments of Health, Education, Revenue, Disaster Management and Food. His contributions to elementary education and public health have been highly acclaimed. In recognition of his work in computerising paddy procurement and PDS in Chhattisgarh, he received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Administration (2010), the highest award given to bureaucrats in India.
Between the years 2009-2014, Alok served as Deputy Election Commissioner, seeing at first hand two national and several state elections. With his deep understanding of electoral systems, he served as an International Observer at elections in Egypt, Venezuela and Australia, and led a mission to develop electoral systems in the Maldives.

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