The writer is a serving IPS officer. Views are personal.
The states of India have simply not invested enough in the police. As a result, for anything more than a routine, local law and order problem, the states end up seeking assistance from the Centre. This is usually provided in the form of CAPFs, and in extreme cases, by the Indian Army.
After the Delhi 2012 gangrape, outrage and breast-beating became the substitute for thoughtful analysis and policy-making. Let it not happen again, after the lynchings
Police should not be scapegoated for arrests in high-profile corruption cases
Outrage and disquiet following the video about food served to BSF jawans is understandable. But hype and hysteria cannot help resolve the issues it has flagged.
The recent debate about the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act demands that changes must be seen in this context.
Kashmir poses not just moral but also existential questions involving statecraft.
Is this the beginning of another scorching summer of discontent in the Valley?
As a police officer, and citizen, I find JNU debate an assault on public interest
Going by this viewpoint, the army is the sole repository of competence and commitment in anti-terror operations in the country.
In all mythologies, the mountains belong to the gods. The Kailash Manasarovar region too is a Jerusalem of religious traditions. And most appropriately, the fabled yatra is a journey of renunciation.
Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.
National security needs that led him to press for the IPS are as alive as ever
Freedom to mock and ridicule the powerful has thankfully been restored.
India cannot be policed with 19th century laws and mindsets.
Controversy around CBI director’s visitors should not be used to stifle police autonomy.
The question is not of the individual culpability of Vanzara and his team,but of the systemic distortions that have led us to this situation
The Saji Mohan saga is shameful. But it also offers an opportunity for the police to cleanse itself
Tamilian author Perumal Murugan has now come out with his new book in Tamil "Kozhaiyin Padalgal" ("Songs of a Coward"). It speaks of the period when the writer was fighting a battle, both internally as well as with the external forces.