Abhinav Kumar

The writer is a serving IPS officer. Views are personal.

Articles By Abhinav Kumar

Death of an SHO

UP has a dysfunctional criminal justice system. The mob lynching of a police officer underlines it

Battle at Bomdila

Winning this one is no feather in the cap for the Indian Army.

Crime and complicity

Gomti Nagar murder may not be related to UP police’s ‘encounter culture’. But it calls for introspection.

Smoke and errors

Punjab government’s approach to drug menace is counter-productive. Compulsions of electoral politics and demagoguery continue to trump common sense, decency and evidence about what doesn’t work.

Kathua’s inconvenient truths

Outrage over heinous crime cannot be a replacement for strengthening rule of law. Civil society must start — and sustain — a debate on the need for improving the quality of policing.

Rhetoric to reasoned debate

The SC order on Atrocities Act calls for a dispassionate discussion. At stake is not just the question of justice for victims of caste atrocities, but also the issue of due process and the rule of law.

With fear and favour

The Gudiya and Pradyuman murder cases should be a wake-up call for the entire IPS leadership of the country. We need to ask ourselves: Who do we serve and who do we protect?

Piercing the Panchkula haze

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.

The ineffective state

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

Shooting the cop

Police should not be scapegoated for arrests in high-profile corruption cases

The constable’s lament

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.

Before amending the law

The recent debate about the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act demands that changes must be seen in this context.

At Stake In Kashmir

Kashmir poses not just moral but also existential questions involving statecraft.

The Handwara Harbinger

Is this the beginning of another scorching summer of discontent in the Valley?

JNU: Freedom Of Screech

As a police officer, and citizen, I find JNU debate an assault on public interest

A terror strike, a misdirected debate

Going by this viewpoint, the army is the sole repository of competence and commitment in anti-terror operations in the country.

Kailash Manasarovar: A Higher Plane

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.

Notes from a thulla

Yakub Memon gets all legal protections, and all the tears. The policeman lives and dies unsung.

Sardar Patel’s police force

National security needs that led him to press for the IPS are as alive as ever

Sad day for the pompous

Freedom to mock and ridicule the powerful has thankfully been restored.