Bhupesh Bhandari’s book ‘Spectrum Grab’ released

09 Oct,2012

By Ananya Saha


Bhupesh Bhandri

Interested in reading all about the 2G scam and didn’t know where to look? The three-book-old Bhupesh Bhandari, senior associate editor of Business Standard, has been tracking the 2G controversy from its early days, helping him put the pieces together as a 272-page book. Mr Bhandari’s Spectrum Grab hit the shelves recently, and boasts of being a comprehensive and objective account of the scandal that has rocked the Indian government and shocked its people. The blurb on the book says, “The book is the first objective account of the scam that has become a national shame.”


The author told MxMIndia, “Spectrum Grab is what happened behind the scenes, the inside story. Readers know that spectrum was sold cheap to a bunch of companies, a controversy broke out when the CAG said that the government had suffered a loss in the process, some people were arrested, and finally those licences were cancelled. The book explains, in great detail, what transpired at each step.” The book is purely based on reports of various agencies and documents.


Mr Bhandari has also written The Ranbaxy Story (Penguin, 2005) and co-authored The Satyam Saga (Business Standard Books, 2009). On his romance with non-fiction, Mr Bhandari said, “Ranbaxy, when I wrote the book, was a multinational in the making. Not too many Indian companies had a global footprint like Ranbaxy. The book tried to catch this transformation. Satyam, like the 2G scam, was a story waiting to be told. People knew something had gone wrong but didn’t know what was that something. The Satyam book attempted to tell how the scandal happened and how was the situation corrected.”


His forthcoming book is a biography of Lala Shri Ram of DCM. ‘Spectrum Grab’ is priced at Rs 350.


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  1. Himanshu Agarwal says:

    It costs INR 263 on