MALKHAN – THE STORY OF A BANDIT KING, 1981- 84
In 1981 when I started work on our self-financed book project, with writers Kalyan Mukherjee & Brij Raj Singh, Malkhan Singh had already been crowned Bandit King ‘Dasyu Samrat’ by the major gangs. Since our work focused on social banditry in the Chambal we needed to meet an existing dacoit gang, to complete our research. It took almost nine months of pursuing Malkhan before he finally agreed to meet us, at a time when he was contemplating surrender. We became instrumental in this process - our access to the gang becoming an unsaid quid pro quo for agreeing to help with the negotiations and our presence a guarantee for their safety. Our book changed. It was finally published as “Malkhan – The Story of a Bandit King” in 1984.