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policing the police

policing the police

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Lovingly dedicated to SHOBHA
Year of Publication: 2000


Police police the people. Who police the police? How? The answer lies in 'Policing the Police'. As the author says in an article in thi work, "Policing the police involves self-policing".This work delves deeply on this core aspect of policing and lays bare the extant Indian Police setup, sheath by sheath, with the precision of a master surgeon, only to rebuild it from the scratches with the right essence of professionalism, commitment and zeal. It is an abundantly readable magnum opus of the author and a valuable reference for understanding the pathology and the epinosic dynamics with which the present Indian Police suffer and identifies likely solutions for its redemption. I am sure that this scholarly work serves as a ready-reckoner for both polic professionals and common readers.

This book stands out for the highest regard it holds for policing as a profession and the paracute critique it makes of its practices in India. The UPSC also comes under its critical gaze for its dull \u2013 witted performance.

This book has another dimension. It, in certain aspects, interprets police and policing through the prism of a poet's sensibilities with idealistic interpretations.The author's close association with events in police and his close observations in the police world for nearly a quarter of a century brings authenticity to whatever he says or analyses. The sensibilities of the author as a poet with nearly half a dozen books of poems from him in Kannada and English render his observations and analyses of police and policing highly refreshing and interesting.

Pratheek Praveen Kumar
September 18, 1999
"Policing the Police" is a sequel to my earlier book/Policing for the

new age'. Most of the articles of the present book were already published in various newspapers including The Hindu, The Indian Express, TheTimes of India and Deccan Herald and various periodicals and journals like Alive and The Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics. All those articles are reproduced in this book as in the original publications with the names of the respective newspapers, periodicals and journals indicated. Some of the responses from the readers to the original publications are also reproduced at the end of the respective articles. I gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the editors of each of these newspapers, periodicals and journals, especially The Hindu, The Indian Express and Alive, in producing this work. And also those readers who responded to the articles through the columns of the newspapers and periodicals.

Care is taken to emphasise certain core aspects of the discussion and analyses, by figuring them in more than one article, depending on the importance, to convey across ideas with right emphasis. It is hoped that this exercise adds to the value and usefulness of the book. I would be failing in my duty if I fail to express my gratitude to Shree A.R.Sridharan, IPS (rtd.), former Director General of Police and former Hon'ble member of the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal for his unstinted support and encouragement to my intellectual exercises. He is a rare oasis of pristine values and dignified restraint in the desert of police and bureaucracy, inhabited by immoral hawks.

I acknowledge with deep humility, the contribution of my father, Shree R.D.Suvarna in instilling in me the value and sense of delving deep into and doing my best with total commitment, whatever I take up in my life. Without that value and commitment to achieve higher in face of all odds, I would have been nowhere and certainly nowhere this work.

October 29, 1999

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