28 August, 2012

Minorities and Police in India

Minorities and Police in India

By- Asghar Ali Engineer and Amarjit S. Narang (eds)

This timely volume analyses the attitude and orientation of police towards minorities in India’s plural, democratic, secular society and its behavior while dealing with them as groups particularly in communal riot situations. The essays written from diverse socio-cultural perspectives take into account the expected role of law enforcement agencies in plural democratic societies and India’s constitutional framework, also how far these agencies have stood up to that role and deviated from the same.

The essays take into account the colonial heritage, structure, training and working conditions of the police agencies to determine their attitude and behavior. Role of police has not been evaluated in isolation but in the framework of socio-political structures and processes. The reports of various commission and studies have also been analyzed and suggestions have been thoroughly examined. The purpose is not just to condemn the police but to evaluate the system in a manner which can be used for improving the situation.

Contributors include Kirpal Singh Dhillon, Prakash Louis, Abdulrahim Vijapur, R.K. Raghavan, Prem Dhar, Malaviya among many others.

Asghar Ali Engineer is Chairman, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai and Director, Institute of Islamic Studies. He is recipient of several awards including Right Livelihood Honorary Award and a renowned Human Rights activist and social reformer.

Amarjit S. Narang is Professor of Political Science and coordinator, Human Righs Education at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He has participated in U.N. Human Rights Commission sessions for several years and writes extensively on issues related to Indian Politics, Human Rights and Ethnicity.

ISBN 81-7304-678-6 2006 226p. Rs.625/ Pounds 40

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