Articles by Yashovardhan Azad
Inclusion of this offence in the three proposed codes is welcome. But the police and some states flouting top court norms have to clean up their act
To end the culture of encounter killings, look at the political climate that sustains it
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 08:37 PM IST
Disband such outfits, pursue cases against them, provide scientific tools to the police and provide IDs for cows. Inter-state cooperation will be vital in this effort
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 08:45 AM IST
Nine states have already withdrawn consent to the agency. This mistrust is not good in a federal structure. If the Centre is serious about fighting graft, it must make the CBI truly autonomous
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 08:02 PM IST
A few good men need to stand together to question appointments, cases of arbitrary arrests, fight for honest policemen, and reflect on the rule of law and the future of our democracy
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:23 PM IST
To improve the force, enact the Model Police Act, 2006; appoint a senior officer in the PMO to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of various panels and DGP conferences
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 09:24 PM IST
Collaboration by law enforcement and corporates in studying metadata will render crucial leads in investigation. Further, Encryption must not be tinkered with, since metadata has much to provide that is yet unexplored.
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 09:32 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and Anand V
India is too strong to be affected by the immature chants of a few. But penal action will breed alienation, erode democratic credibility
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 05:43 PM IST
To achieve the prime minister’s vision of a SMART and efficient police, the IPS leadership across the states must call for wide-ranging reforms within the system
Updated on Sep 21, 2021 05:45 PM IST
The ingredients for a new terror offensive are present. But strong security measures and political initiatives can help prevent a return to the 1990s
Updated on Sep 07, 2021 05:34 PM IST
Pegasus may not even leave traces of malware in infected mobiles, but it does permanently scar a democratic system. The United Nations rapporteur for freedom of expression has called for banning the manufacture, sale and use of such spyware. However, nations themselves must act in the interest of free speech and expression
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:59 PM IST
With a scathing indictment of its relevance and flagrant misuse, the Chief Justice of India has, finally, joined the chorus against the sedition law
Updated on Jul 21, 2021 06:26 AM IST
The 12-member task force, comprising domain experts, inspires confidence. However, its advisory nature will leave the decisions again in the hands of the central bureaucracy, which is in the eye of the storm. Citizens want a professional, unbiased body to take decisions for which NTF is suitable
Updated on May 12, 2021 05:24 PM IST
Managing India’s internal security cannot be a part-time job. There are too many challenges, and too many critical decisions to be made on a regular basis. An internal security ministry needs to be hived off from the MHA — the secretary of the ministry must be a specialist, either a serving or retired police officer of outstanding reputation, and this must be supervised by a full-time minister who is hands-on. This cannot afford to wait any longer.
Published on Apr 06, 2021 07:55 PM IST
The Vaze-Singh-Deshmukh saga has exposed institutional and individual failure and underlined the need for reform
Published on Mar 23, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee’s accident raises questions about the enforcement of security protocols and the role of institutions
Published on Mar 15, 2021 07:27 PM IST
Can the three activists be accused of instigating armed confrontation against the State? The evidence, so far, is certainly not enough to justify the charge. Yes, there was a propaganda blitz, aimed at garnering international support, based on a narrative of strong-arm tactics on the part of the government to crush the farm movement and discredit its efforts towards a solution. But the State could have had an alternative, more effective, response.
Updated on Feb 19, 2021 06:24 PM IST
Critical stakeholders, including Delhi Police, failed the Republic on January 26. It is time to ask difficult questions
Updated on Feb 01, 2021 06:42 AM IST
The Data Protection Bill also does not touch upon State surveillance methods. Who watches over the watchers? How can an officer of the same rank give permission to another for snooping? And how can another in the same system oversee its justification?
Updated on Jan 24, 2021 06:26 AM IST
Two major terrorist attacks in the first decade of the 21st Century displayed paradigm shifts in tactics and methodology. The 9/11 attack emanated from a global terror alliance in pursuit of a virulent fundamentalist ideology. This led to security agencies tracing the leads of non-state actors determined to carry out such attacks globally.
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 06:58 AM IST
Don’t allow political intervention, restrict use of extreme laws, embark on systemic changes
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 08:03 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and Arun Chaudhary
Caught in the crossfire between the states and the Centre, the police needs to assert itself to remain true to its commitment to the law.
Updated on Nov 05, 2020 09:51 PM IST
It is imperative for state governments and the Opposition to come together now to restore our institutions, committed to women’s security and empowerment.
Updated on Oct 07, 2020 01:03 PM IST
The police investigation has polarised the public. While a section finds the police biased for targeting the anti-CAA protesters, the other justifies the police action, clamouring for stringent legal action against the accused in the UAPA charge-sheet. The truth lies somewhere in between
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 06:59 PM IST
Rajput’s death should have triggered a conversation on mental health. Instead, it has been politicised
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 08:11 PM IST
His rise is a classic tale of a broken administrative system, flawed policing, and corrupt electoral politics.
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Responses have been elusive on critical issues, including health care infra, PM Cares fund, schemes, and migrants
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 09:53 PM IST
The ordinance is a good step. But supplement it with a set of strong law enforcement measures
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 05:25 PM IST
Train policemen to tackle medical emergencies; utilise RWAs; empower private security guards
Updated on Apr 07, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Nip communal violence in the bud; appoint better police chiefs; project State power; hold the guilty to account
Updated on Mar 02, 2020 07:44 PM IST