Arvind Verma and K S Subramanian: Understanding the police in India


The police continue to hit the headlines in India, generally for all the wrong reasons. India must be one of the few democratic countries where citizens do not trust the police, an important administrative organ of their elected government, and feel intimidated by them. The Indian police are seen to serve the interests of the ruling elite, despite the passage of 65 years of independence. A widespread belief pins most of the ills to the ‘politicization’ of the service, in which politicians are dubbed the culprits, not letting the police play its rightful role in the society. However, the problems of the Indian police run deep-the design, structure, culture and leadership are all equally responsible for the present state of affairs. This remains hidden due to a lack of understanding about the nature and functions of the police in the country. Apart from the memoirs of many police officers and the occasional academic study of specific issues related to policing, knowledge about the police remains limited in the country and to most concerned citizens. This book attempts to fill this gap by providing a lucid and thoughtful exposition of the police system of the country. Two new chapters on the growing violence against women, and policing white collar crimes have been added highlighting the policing issues that have evoked considerable debate and discussion in recent times. The book written by two former senior police officers provides not only an insider’s viewpoint but also a dispassionate analysis of the police organisation. This book provides a balanced picture of policing in India and addresses serious issues that have confronted the police in recent years. This new edition will be valued by judges, lawyers, police officers, investigating agencies, research scholars, academicians, political and social activists, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and other interested citizens."

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