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Khaki in Dust Storm: Communal Colours and Political Assassinations (1980–1991) Police Diaries Book 1 Hardcover – 18 December 2020

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2. You have started the book with the tumultuous period of the 1980s. Was there any specific reason to start your series of memoirs with this period?

Got into the active service as a ‘reluctant cop’ in the mid-1970s and into hardcore police work for half a decade, following my foray into academics, social work and civil service, I could grasp the complexities of India’s most challenging ‘Civil Service’, which I found to be just a ‘force’. Progressively shifting from the demanding South to the exponential West, I landed up in the sensitive Central Delhi district, getting raw experience of law and order, followed by a five-year tenure as DCP Crime and in CBI handling terrorism. The 1980s, being the most violent decade in the past 50 years, forms the first volume of the memoirs, to be followed with more complicated encounters within the Criminal Justice System.

3. Which of the many important cases you discuss in this book has been the most challenging for you and why?

The series of political assassinations of Lalit Maken, Arjun Das and the ex-Army Chief General A. S. Vaidya, following Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the 1984 riots gave me enough experience to investigate the terrorist crimes, but the range of our investigative ability in CBI was tested in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. For a variety of reasons, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the former and prospective prime minister, was an unparalleled case for us, far more complex than the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. Revealing the preparations and execution of the complicated conspiracy involving the Indo-Sri Lankan and local LTTE operatives was the most challenging part.

4. What can readers expect from Book 2 of the Police Diaries series?

Since the very beginning of my police career, I was intrigued about the strange ways of the Criminal Justice System and the role of the police as the ‘prime movers’. For nearly 20 years, I operated within the post-1857—the first war of India’s independence—archaic criminal laws—IPC, Cr.PC and Evidence Act—coupled with the Police Act, 1861. Later, I dealt with many high-profile cases, such as Charles Sobhraj Tihar Jail escape, Jessica Lal murder, BMW road massacre, Romesh Sharma political mafia, all of which expose the deep malaise in the system. Since it concerns everyone—rich and poor, small and big—I have decided to narrate these cases as well, which have remained prominently in the public domain.

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Memoir of an IPS officer and his transformative role during India's tumultuous period of the 1980s and early 1990s.

About the Author

Amod K. Kanth is a highly decorated IPS officer who has been awarded police medals for gallantry and meritorious and distinguished services. He has also been officially recognised as an 'outstanding social worker' and a 'global hero' by the US government for combating human trafficking.

Seamlessly transiting from his last assignment as the Director-General of Police to take over as Chairman of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, he has been spending his time immersed in his wide-ranging work with the underprivileged and deprived communities across the country, nurturing his dream of rehabilitating victimised, street and homeless children and, most importantly, juveniles in conflict with the law-a dream that he accidentally found in 1988 on his call of duty as a police officer. His vision of the protective role and change agents that policemen can play in society, provided they help to create appropriate opportunities and supporting framework, is slowly coming true through his experiments in Prayas JAC and several national-level institutions, such as Childline 1098, Crisis Intervention Centres and Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council, which directly serve millions.

Kanth has been advocating reforms in police, criminal and juvenile justice systems to enhance their positive responsiveness and efficiency while contributing to several national-level advisory and policy-formulating bodies, such as NITI Aayog.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury India (18 December 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9388630874
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9388630870
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 610 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read
By Manish on 6 February 2021
Amazing book written by a former IPS, but would've have been much better if he the dropped fictional character, like the journalist
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book and on time delivery
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I read many books written by ex IPS officers but this one is OMG 👌👌
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