Abhinav Kumar

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

Crime and complicity
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

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

Smoke and errors
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

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
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

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
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

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
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

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
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

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
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

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
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

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

The constable’s lament
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

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
Fri, Sep 09, 2016

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

At Stake In Kashmir
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

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

The Handwara Harbinger
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

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

JNU: Freedom Of Screech
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

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

A terror strike, a misdirected debate
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

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
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

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
Sat, Aug 01, 2015

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

Sardar Patel’s police force
Mon, May 11, 2015

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

Sad day for the pompous
Wed, Mar 25, 2015

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

Being SMART, after Uber
Fri, Dec 12, 2014

India cannot be policed with 19th century laws and mindsets.

The poor parrot
Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Controversy around CBI director’s visitors should not be used to stifle police autonomy.