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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Prakash Singh

The writer is chairman, Indian Police Foundation.

The making of a polite, people-friendly police
Wed, May 06, 2020

Perhaps, a new chapter is opening — which reveals a police that is more sensitive and humane, people-friendly and committed to the committed to the rule of law. This transformation would, however, need the support of the people, of the media and, above all, the legislators and parliamentarians.

Cop out in Delhi: Police response invariably reflects the bias of the ruling party
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

The police are, no doubt, to blame for not being able to function in an objective and impartial manner. There is definitely a failure of leadership also. But can political parties across the spectrum escape the blame for continuing to use the police as an instrument to further their political agenda?

The objections to the Citizenship Act are generally unconvincing
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The government, in retrospect, appears to have seriously miscalculated the fallout of the CAA. It either was not aware of the depth of Muslim resentment or was not bothered about it and was confident of being able to weather any storm.

Helpless in Unnao
Mon, Aug 05, 2019

State institutions have been complicit in denying justice to the victim.

Any effort to strengthen national security without reforming the police would be futile
Thu, Jun 06, 2019

It is also high time that the government thinks of bringing police in the Concurrent List. Police problems were simpler and of a local nature when the Constitution was framed. Since then, the pattern of crime and the dimensions of law and order problems have undergone a sea change.

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s comments against Karkare raise questions on society’s attitude towards police
Fri, Apr 26, 2019

More than 35,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives since Independence. In no other country, policemen die in the performance of their duties in such large numbers. And yet, an average policeman finds that he is getting brickbats, proverbially and physically, most of the time.

Police reform is possible, but the political executive has failed to make it happen
Thu, Mar 28, 2019

It is indeed a tragedy that while the country is forging ahead in different spheres to build a new India, its policing remains mired in a colonial structure. The Acts passed by the states are crude attempts to circumvent the implementation of judicial directions.

Shadow boxing in Kolkata
Sat, Feb 09, 2019

In the recent showdown, both CBI and West Bengal police acted as pawns of their political masters.

Breaking the cage
Tue, Oct 30, 2018

The CBI needs to undergo structural reforms to do its job well.

Hold out an olive branch
Fri, Aug 24, 2018

Government today again holds upper hand vis a vis Naxals. It’s the best time to make peace

Towards a people’s police
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

The police force needs to be freed from the stranglehold of the executive and given functional autonomy to enforce the rule of law. The Supreme Court’s directions can help achieve this transformation.

A case of selective outrage
Sat, May 12, 2018

Kathua and Unnao incidents are barbaric, but calling these the darkest hour since Independence is an overstatement.

Fear and faith
Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Under Yogi government, Uttar Pradesh police has instilled fear in criminals. But has it won the people’s faith?

Give police its due
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

To enable the force, revisit the constitutional arrangement. Union government must also own its responsibility in the matter.

Lest 26/11 come
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

India needs to revamp its security architecture, reform and rejuvenate police forces

Reforms money can’t buy
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The government’s grant for police modernisation must be followed by steps to grant the force autonomy from political masters.

A tragic trilogy
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The protests over the arrest of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 actually led to heavier casualties within a much shorter span of time. There has been a terrible failure of leadership in Haryana at all levels — political, bureaucratic and police.

State of the Union
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The most interesting chapter deals with 26/11. It clearly brings out that the Centre had not passed on any specific intelligence to the State, that the police had reacted promptly with their available resources, and that there was no serious lapse.

Internal insecurity
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Amid growing challenges within, India misses a modern security apparatus, strategic vision, long-term plan

The Sukma syndrome
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Absence of strategic clarity, over-dependence of states on Central forces, have crippled the fight against Maoists.

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