Time Present and Time Past

Time Present and Time Past

Memoirs of an Unorthodox Top Cop


‘An exceptionally well-written book’ Ian Talbot In over three decades as a police officer, Kirpal Dhillon handled some of the most challenging assignments in independent India, from anti-dacoity operations in Madhya Pradesh to revamping a demoralized force as police chief of Punjab in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star. These memoirs describe his experiences in fascinating detail, and present vivid portraits of a range of people, including sadhus and swindlers, maharajas and brigands, scheming politicians and back-stabbing colleagues. There are evocative descriptions of his village in Punjab, of Partition, and of the leaders he worked with, such as Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai. He writes with insight and expertise about terrorism, law-and-order problems, the training of administrators and policemen, and what can be done to ensure that they function with greater autonomy, accountability and humanity.


360 Pages | ISBN13 9780143417330
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Kirpal Singh Dhillon
Kirpal Singh Dhillon
"As a member of the Indian Police Service, Kirpal Dhillon witnessed at close hand the enormous social, political and administrative changes that swept the country’s policing policies. He has been director of police training in the Union home ministry, joint director, Central Bureau of Investigation and director general of police, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. After retirement, he served as vice-chancellor, Bhopal University. His published works include two books—Defenders of the Establishment and Police and Politics in India—and essays on the Indian Constitution, human rights, minority issues and the Bhopal gas disaster. He lives in Bhopal."
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