It is not very often that I recommend an article that appears in the print media.
The Caravan is one of the oldest publications in India, first launched in 1940.
In the December 2011 issue, Praveen Donthi has written a mammoth article going into great detail the history of Mr. Praful Patel and his recent tenure as civil aviation Minister, and the conincidental disasters suffered by the national carriers Air India and Indian Airlines.
It is one of the most comprehensive articles any serious Air India watcher or aviation analyst must read.
I must warn you though. The article is long. 12,000+ words, over 500 lines. So I suggest printing it or copying it on to an e-book reader.