“The Indian (India) Mafia – Organized Crime History Documentary”
“In Bollywood success comes at a cost..”
The Indian (India) Mafia – Organized Crime History Documentary
Published on Jul 8, 2016
“..but in Bollywood success comes at a cost, on the afternoon of January 21st 2000 Rakesh was ambushed by two gunmen, as he left his
office in downtown Bombay, after shooting him in the chest and arm they disappeared into the teeming city streets.
Rakesh survived, but the attacks stunned the country and sent shockwaves through Bollywood, his high profile and his son’s
popularity had made him a target for bombay’s ruthless underworld and these things when it happens in the family it disturbs everybody, if this could happen to me , it could happen to him, it could happen to him.
.Home to 16 million people Bombay is the largest city in India, it’s also the organized-crime capital of the country,
over the last 25 years the privatization of India’s economy combined with rampant government corruption has unleashed an
underworld that laid dormant for decades. crime is completely institutionalized, all over the country, especially in
Bombay, where it’s very very hard now to differentiate as to who is the criminal, who is the police and who really is the
politician, gangland violence has become an epidemic as crime groups battle for control of the city’s lucrative rackets:
prostitution, smugling, real estate and the biggest prize of all: Bollywood. The attack on Rakesh Roshan was the
latest twist in the relationship between Bollywood and the Mob, a devil’s bargain that dates back to the 1970s, at the time
India’s socialist government refused to grant moviemaking the status of an official industry, they could never get insurance, they could never get bank lending, consequently they have to go out and borrow privately to finance the movies…
Rakesh Roshan was allegedly targeted after he refused to sign away the overseas rights to his sons box-office breakthrough “say you love me” authorities believe the gunman had no intention of actually killing Roshan, a more seasoned pair of assassins would
have been sent for that job. I saw two kids maybe in the 18th or 19ths they couldn´t hold the gun properly, they were
shivering when they were shooting at me and they were shooting in mere distance TO succeed, most believe the attack was
meant as a message to the rest of Bollywood.
They do not shoot people to kill them unless they desperately hate them which they don’t because these are their sources of income, why in god’s name would you shoot your golden goose…
In the wake of the attack Bollywood producers demanded protection from indian law enforcement but for now the best Bombay’s out man police force can do is guard their oceans and a handful of other top stars…
but its origins can be traced back centuries to a cult of assassins whose murderous rituals became the stuff of legend and
whose very name became synonymous with violence, the thugs.. over the last 25 years India’s witnessed the growth of a brutal
criminal underworld … and a lot of the merchants who’d be selling their goods would have to travel long distances and
take four or five months before they came back to their original village, quite often people didn’t return .. people began speaking of a deadly underworld , an ancient fraternity of assassins known as thuggy or as the British came to call them: the thugs.
The earliest accounts of the thugs date back to the mid 1300s centuries before the British arrived in India derived from thug lana, the Hindustani word for deceive, the name reflected the ability of these killers to lure their victims into a state of vulnerability.. we are told that they joined bands of travelers posing as travelers themselves or as merchants and this was meant to
establish a certain kind of respectability over the course of several days the thugs would befriend their fellow travelers eating and drinking with them and gaining their confidence, only then would they strike, one thug would distract the victim and
the other one would go behind with a yellow scarf, symbolic yellow scarf and strangle them, the scarf called a ruhmal was a symbol of the thugs devotion to the Hindu goddess of destruction Kali, in images and icons Kali is portrayed as a ghastly and ghoulish demon. Kali remained always for the British imagination very much a figure of the terrifying alienness of India, she is represented
with a garland of heads around her neck and with various kinds of instruments of destruction. The thugs used the myth of Kali to justify their preferred method of killing: strangulation, according to this myth a monster once tried to devour the world. Kali attempted to slay the Beast with her sword but for every drop of blood shed a new demon, would spring forth since Kali herself
could not keep up with these demons she created two men and gave them a strip of cloth torn from her skirt which they used to throttle the monster, drawing on this legend the thugs used a torn cloth the rumal, to strangle their victims making sure not to spill a single drop of blood for all of its symbolic power the room all also had its practical advantages. when you search a suspect and he has a scarf upon him it doesn’t immediately leap out at you as a murder weapon right … at the beginning of the 1800s India was a strange mixture of two worlds from the port city of Bombay the British Empire exercised control over only a
small part of the vast country, elsewhere ancient ways of life continued as they had for centuries, many Indians had never set eyes on European, for agents of the British Empire India was a land where careers could be launched and money made I think people tended to get out there too broad like going to the West and America to make their fortune and then come home but unlike most .. the
thugs had their own slang ..and they would also maybe receive a share of the income that the thugs made from their murders by 1840
over 3,000 thugs had been captured and more than 400 executed, new laws expanded Sleeman Authority allowing him to
imprison not just thugs but anyone bsuspected of associating with a thug, he even locked up entire families housing many of them in this reformatory school…but they were never allowed to leave, he separated the men from the women, so they wouldn’t have any more children then the families died out, the thugs who remained at large were hunted from one corner of India to the other the last holdout of a demoralized and defeated underworld..today there are some scholars who argue that the thugs were more myth than
menace and that Sleeman sweeping crusade was merely an excuse to allow the British to eliminate enemies of the Empire, expanding this definition of who might be a thug actually allowed Sleeman and people who came after him considerable leeway in going after a
very wide range of subjects who had been identified as criminal or as anti state.
Indian society, the official announcement of independence that New Delhi.. in August 1947 India had finally gained its independence from Britain, the subcontinent was divided into a mostly Hindu India and a predominantly Muslim Pakistan, a deadly spasm of religious violence followed, turning the two new countries into bitter enemies and poisoning relations between India’s Hindu majority and Muslim minority, in the wake of Independence Prime Minister .. committed India to a state controlled economy,
complete with public ownership of industry and a soviet-style program of 5-year plans the problems that followed seeded the future growth of organized crime.
India is a gold obsessed country, for a lot of middle-class Indians gold is their only real saving it’s their only hedge against inflation gold smuggling was one of the ways that the gang Lords got into the act, so between the smuggling of goods illegal, goods Bombay became the center of the thriving criminal industry.
“In 1999 the police killed 83 alleged criminals..
we have sent an appropriate signal now in Mumbai that crime does not pay and a criminal does not live long enough to enjoy life.
.. some human rights groups have criticized the legislation claiming it gives sweeping powers to the Bombay Police and
sanctions and unofficial shoot-to-kill policy on an average we had one person killed by the police in what is called encounters. how do you know he’s a gangster he could be anyone we don’t know, so the police who decide who is a ganster and who is not a gangster. ..finally it’s all about living, finally it’s all about not getting shot dead. India is often thought of as a
nation on the verge either poised to become the next global power or perched at the edge of collapse, the future of
the country may well hinge on the fate of Bombay and whether or not the story of DC Sivanandan, like every Bollywood
movie has a happy ending.”