Ullekh N.P. is a journalist and political commentator based in New Delhi. He has worked for almost two decades with India's biggest news publications such as the Economic Times and India Today, and has travelled extensively across India and overseas reporting on domestic and international politics. He is the author of War Room: The People, Tactics and Technology behind Narendra Modi's 2014 Win and The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox. He is the executive editor of Open magazine.
Kannur, a sleepy coastal district in the scenic south Indian state of Kerala, has metamorphosed into a hotbed of political bloodshed in the past few decades. Even as India heaves into the age of technology and economic growth, the town has been making it to the national news for horrific crimes and brutal murders with sickening regularity. What makes this region so susceptible to vendetta politics and such deadly violence? How is it an anomaly in Kerala, the state with the highest social development parameters in India? Born in Kannur and brought up amidst some of the tallest political leaders of the state, author Ullekh N.P. delves into his personal experiences while drawing a modern-day graph that charts out the reasons, motivations and the local lore behind the turmoil. He analyses the numbers that lay bare the truth behind the hype, studies the area's political and cultural heritage, and speaks to the main protagonists and victims. With his journalistic skills and years of on-the-field reporting, he paints a gripping narrative of the ongoing bloodbath and the perceptions around it. Ullekh's investigations and interviews reveal a bigger game at work involving players who will stop at nothing to win.