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India’s police forces have long been under the direct control of state politicians, but the challenge of police politicisation is coming the fore increasingly in recent years. Instances of harm caused by the politicisation are apparent in the police handling of the Delhi Riots of 1984, the Gujarat riots of 2002 and the recent riots in N.E. Delhi. The police is trained to enforce the law impartially but that rarely happens in some states with powerful chief ministers. The recent case relating to the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput and the arrest of anchor Arnab Goswami of the TV channel ‘Republic’ are prime examples.
In this podcast, Retired IPS Officer and Padma Bhushan awardee Julio Ribeiro in conversation with journalist and co-founder of The News Minute, Dhanya Rajendran, trace the course of this politicisation from Independence to the present day. This episode is an edited version of a live conversation on BIC Streams.
Julio Ribeiro began his career in Mumbai, joining the Indian Police Service in 1953. Rising to be the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, from 1982 to 1985, he was central to taming the notorious smuggling mafia that had made Mumbai it’s home. He then worked as Director General Central Reserve Police Force, before moving to Ahmedabad as Director General of Police, Gujarat. However, due to the troubles ongoing in Punjab, he was sent there as Director General of Police before becoming Advisor to the Governor of Punjab. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1987 for his services.
Dhanya is a journalist who began her career with India Vision and The New Indian Express. She had joined the English news channel, Times Now before its launch and was the channel’s South India Bureau Chief. In 2014, she co-founded The News Minute, an independent digital news platform and currently, serves as its Editor-in-Chief. With more than 15 years’ experience in print, television and digital journalism, Dhanya has reported from the ground on some of the biggest stories in India in the past decade.