I COULD NOT BE HINDU-THE STORY OF A DALIT IN THE RSS
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Existing literature on communal riots mostly deals with causes of riots in contemporary structural terms in the political, economic and socio cultural perspectives, tracing on occasions their origin to historical roots. The role of the state’s law-enforcement agencies in prevention and control of riots and prosecution of rioters, though generally figures in most inquiry reports, has not been exclusively dealt with in any book so far. The present book deals with this aspect of riots, which has lately gained prominence in view of the growing realisation that major riots like those of Delhi (1984), Bhagalpur (1989) and Ayodhya debacle all owe themselves to failure of governance. During all the phases of riots i.e. preventive, control and prosecution, the role of the State’s law enforcement machinery has been questioned as neither impartial nor effective. The reasons for this recurring failure of the State machinery, as revealed by studies and inquiries by reputed scholars, NGOs and judicial Commissions, has been traced by distinguished contributors to this volume, including senior police officers, retired judges and scholars to the existing organisation of the police, to its community composition and to its prejudiced perception on minorities, but most importantly to the cynical calculations of the political executive who use the civil administration and the police for their political survival and consolidation of power. The book suggests reorganisation of the police under statutory Security Commission as recommended by the National Police Commission. Also suggested are measures for the representation of minorities and other weaker sections in all wings of law-enforcement and training of the forces in human rights, especially in the use of firearms in accordance with UN Code of conduct, emphasising use of non-lethal weapons and techniques of mob control.
Institute of objective studies
IQBAL A. ANSARI