Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India

Khaki and Ethnic Violence in India

Armed Forces, Police and Paramilitary During Communal Riots

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Author: Omar Khalidi
Publisher: Three Essays Collective
No. of pages: 196
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Language: English
ISBN: 8188789712
Published on: 2009
Book Format: Paperback
Category: Essay
Subject: Hindutva / Brahminism


India’s military, paramilitary, and the police constitute one of the largest security forces around the globe. Who constitutes these forces? What is the ethnic and religious background of these troops? Does the composition of these forces mirror the diversity of the Indian society? Have their composition undergone any change since Independence? Like other nations with ethno-religious diversity, India has experienced half a century of ethnic riots, massacres, even pogroms. What impact, if any does the ethnic and religious composition of the security personnel has on the ability of the state to prevent the occurrence of ethnic violence or to mitigate loss of lives and property once it occurs? Answers to these questions are critical to anyone interested in understanding the role of the state’s most critical instrument of legitimate coercion – the security forces. This book provides the answers with precision and economy of words. In this respect Khaki and the Ethnic Violence in India simply has no rival.


Preface to the First Edition

1. Indian Armed Forces: Ethnic Composition and Role During Riots and Pogroms

2. Indian Police: Ethnic Composition and Performance During Riots and Pogroms

3. Intelligence Agencies and Central Paramilitary Forces

Appendix: Report of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (2003-04)

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