The Divine Stranglers – A Story of Thugs and Thuggee Sleeman ISBN 818549573-4Also available in ebook format at AMAZON in Kindle Editionhttp://www.amazon.com/THE-DIVINE-STRANGLERS-THUGGEE-ebook/dp/B0089ISAN4Hard Copy: Price India Rs 600, USA: USD 20, UK: GBP: 15 Delivered (by Indiapost.) (Order & Details: firstname.lastname@example.org) Please send Remittance favouring Rajesh Rampal Punjab National Bank A/c no. 1710000101301814 Local Shopping Centre, Pitampura Delhi 110034 RTGS/NEFT IFS CODE PUNB0171000 And inform by email with your complete address. Story in Brief Set in turbulent Central India in the early 19th century, the storyrevolves around an Englishman in the employ of the East IndiaCompany, his French wife from a noble Émigré family, businessmen.Policemen and a sect of Divine Murderers. The Englishman sets out toexterminate the sect, using the first ever modern scientific methods ofCriminal Investigation and detection. This results in the arrest of 3,689killers, 466 of whom are hanged and 2497 imprisoned for life. Based onHistorical facts, the story takes you through early 19th century customsand practices in England, France and India. Strangulations, Famine,Epidemics, Myths, Folklore , Superstitions gel together in the story tounfold the mystique of India. The Thug Menace More than a hundred Thug gangs prowled India’s highways andannually killed about 40,000 travellers in the early 19th century. The
Thugs were held together by a perversion of religion that made killing apart of worship. The gangs were knit together by a strange and bizarreregimen of life, that destroyed their victims with a combination of guileand cruelty almost unparalleled in the history of crime anywhere in theworld. The Thugs had been plying their trade undetected for nearly 500years.Major General Sir William Henry Sleeman was a man of zeal and spiritfar above the ordinary and his extraordinary tenacity of purpose was inthe final analysis the reason why Thuggee could be eliminated. The legalprocedures of the time also helped a lot as they permitted quick andeffective trials and deterrent punishment to thugs. K. F. Rustomji , Former D. G., B.S.F.(Indian Police Journal 1962 – Thugs, Pindaris and Dacoits) Readers Feedback on THE DIVINE STRANGLERSIt is a good read, seriously. I liked Divine Stranglers. You have thought your wayinto the subject so that it convinces the reader and has a period authenticity, Iadmire your confidence in adopting a semi-fictional approach. I like your directno-nonsense style too.Hugh Purcell (Author and Former Managing Editor BBC)Now that I have read ‘Divine Stranglers’ my son, a Detective Superintendent inthe London Metropolitan Police will get to read it.Ron Cassidy (Author and former Curator RGJ Museum)A masterful book about William Sleeman- all fascinating. Do come and visit us inWales.Nicky and Johnny RogersGreat story line! The Divine Stranglers would make a really good movie, showingthe dilemmas of the individual boy caught up in circumstances beyond hiscontrol. Keep trying and I will be there to support you at the premier.Colonel Dr John Richardson (RAMC) (Retired)A real gem –The Divine Stranglers. That you kindly inscribed it for me makes itextra special.Clive Elderton (Former British Defense Advisor, BHC ,New Delhi)I very much enjoyed reading the Divine Stranglers, which I thought very wellwritten.Professor Stephen Slemon (University of Alberta, Canada)Fascinating! I was glued to it till I finished it. You keep the tempo fast paced andexciting. It would make a wonderful film. Only Sir Richard Attenborough can dojustice to make a film on your story.Darshan Lal (Director- Monsanto Holding P. Ltd), Former DirectorBASF India Ltd. "The Divine Stranglers" -found it absolutely fascinating. I particularly enjoyedthe way you introduced the background of the different protagonists, includingthe sympathetic portrait of the thug Mahaveer. It was a remarkable achievementto destroy the network of Thugs.Frank Baldwin (Chairman- Battlefields Trust, U.K.)
I absolutely adore your endeavour. The story succeeds in creating the mystiqueand highlights each character sympathetically. J Sanyal (Author- Bengalee)Your book is a Master piece! Pavani Sitaramiah (Author-Tamil & Telugu)I found your book very interesting. S. S. Dawra IAS (Former Secretary GOI)Good luck with Thuggee film project - I agree would be a fascinating project.......Phillip Geddes (Formerly BBC and Communications Advisor EU) About the Author Coming soon by the same Author – Essays on 19th Century IndiaRajesh Rampal is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked with premierCorporate Sector Companies in India DCM Ltd., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Hehas also worked during the project phase in India for two Fortune 500 companiesviz. GKN plc and Degussa AG setting up GKN Driveline Ltd. and Insilco Ltd. Hespent two years in Uganda, East Africa working with Cable Corporation Ltd., setup with Japanese Collaboration- Hashimoto. He also worked with India’spremier Economic Think Tank –Indian Council for Research on InternationalEconomic Relations, where he rubbed shoulders with many an Economist.He has delved in Insurance, Stock Markets and Corporate Sector Training. Hewrote a book ‘The Divine Stranglers-The Story of Thugs and Thuggee Sleeman’that details the life and times of 19th century world across three continents apartfrom the main theme.He has lectured/presentations on ‘Organised Crime in the Garb of religion in 19thcentury India- Thuggee’ in the Intelligence Bureau, National Institute ofCriminology and Forensic Sciences, India International Centre and RoyalMilitary Police HQ in Southwick Park, Hampshire, U.K.He has also made presentations on ‘The Siege and Assault of Delhi 1857- A casestudy for any Army that wishes to punch above its weight’ in Royal GurkhasMuseum, Winchester, Royal Armed Medical Corps Museum at Keogh Barracks,Ash Wale and the 32nd Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry in Bodmin. He alsomade the same presentation to the International Guild of Battlefield Guides inLondon in November 2010.Rajesh has also taken several British Army officers around the sites of Delhi1857. Some prominent names are General Sir Richard Shirreff, Deputy SupremeCommander NATO Forces Europe, Colonel Gerald Napier of the Royal Engineersand author of ‘Sapper VC’s’ and ‘Follow the Sapper’ and Colonel Dr JohnRichardson of the Royal Armed Medical Corps. General Sir Christopher Wallace,former Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies has acknowledged him intwo of his books.Former BBC producers Hugh Purcell and Margaret Percy have been with Rajeshseveral times on Delhi 1857 sites. Former BBC producer Philip Geddes made aDocumentary ‘The Devils Wind’ on 1857 and Rajesh took them around for theshoot. He was interviewed by General Richard Shirreff on battle tactics in theDocumentary. Rajesh’s only claim to being a Historian is being the next doorneighbour of the famous Indian Historian Dr Bipin Chandra for nearly a decadewho was his father’s colleague in the Delhi University. He has never studiedHistory beyond the 8th Standard!