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Political Violence and the Police in India

Political Violence and the Police in India

First Edition

October 2007 | 260 pages | SAGE India

'K.S. Subramanian provides a comprehensive, well-balanced analysis of the history, organisation and contemporary functioning of the central police forces (including the Intelligence Bureau). This is an up-to-date, insider perspective from a person with broad administrative experience, who is also sensitive to human rights issues' - Paul R Brass, Professor (Emeritus), University of Washington

'Dr Subramanian, with the unusual blend of academic scholarship, and long and rich working experience, has dealt with several issues with rare candour, sensitivity, understanding and appreciation' -- Madhav Godbole, Former Home Secretary, Government of India

'Political Violence and the Police in India is a welcome addition to our understanding of the problems faced by the police in India' -- Julio Ribeiro, Former Director-General of Police, Punjab

Increasing political violence in India is challenging the government's ability to resolve conflicts democratically. In this topical book, K. S. Subramanian:

· identifies patterns and trends in political violence in India;

· examines how the government's political machinery has responded;

· explains why State response has been inadequate;

· and recommends changes in structures and attitudes.

The author sketches the growing crisis of governance by assessing the Central and state governments' police organisations, especially key central agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau, the Central Paramilitary Forces and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. In case studies of regions and communities affected by political violence, he takes the reader behind the scenes - whether it is on police partisanship in the communal pogrom in Gujarat, the official approach to the Naxalite problem, the violence against dalits and adivasis, or the violation of human rights in northeast India.

With police reform being a major public concern, police research is gaining importance as a field of study. This book will appeal to students of criminal justice, political science, sociology, public policy and public administration, as well as policy makers, police and administrative officers, and human rights activists.

Political Violence and State Response in India
The Indian Police System in Crisis
Intelligence Bureau: An Instrument of Partisan Politics
Central Paramilitary Forces: A Parallel Police Force?
Naxalite Violence: What Can the Union Home Ministry Do?
Violence Against Dalits and Adivasis: Whither Social Justice?
State-Sponsored Violence Against the Muslims in Gujarat, 2002: A Case Study in Police Partisanship
Political Violence in the Northeast
The Human Rights of Ordinary People

It does not strive to make sensational disclosures or generate a shock. The book offers a methodical and near-comprehensive analysis of issues that confront the security of institutions which the author refers to collectively as the “Indian police system”. His analytical tools are manifold but inter-related….The net result is a unique historical perspective that brings together academic evaluation of the macro issues on the security front and a distinctive perspective that encapsulates an understanding of even organisational matters at the micro level. More specifically, this is a perspective that could have been developed only by a person who knows the system from inside and at the same time has adequate academic credentials to advance a sociological discourse.


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ISBN: 9780761935933