Here is an insightful article about the Kanwar Pal Singh Gill doctrine for combating terrorism.
Though I don’t have a lot of good things to say about the Indian police force, I would be the first to acknowledge the greatness of the greats within it, such as the great but controversial KPS Gill, Commissioner Dadwal of the Delhi Police force, and the upright former DGP of AP, AK Mohanty.
As much as I admire KPS Gill for ending terrorism in Punjab, there is a significant amount of controversy surrounding his tenure and the methods used in doing so. The best known of these is the disappearance of Jaswant Singh Khalra, a human rights activist.
Here are some links about this issue here:
- Human Rights Watch Report On Jaswant Singh Klara
- Amnesty International Report On Jaswant Singh Kalra
- JS Kalra’s Last Speech from Youtube
- A Clip Of The KPS Gill Interview
What I wanted to highlight here is just his doctrine. Simultaneously, I strongly condemn the excesses committed on his watch. I am not a strong believer in the maxim of the “ends justify the means”.
Here is the gist of the KPS GIll doctrine:
“The Gill Doctrine offers a blueprint for future counter-terrorist efforts, as more and more political violence starts to coalesce around issues of identity rather than ideology. The Doctrine holds that, while terrorism in any region cannot be defeated by a force from without, neither can it be appeased through conciliation. The only viable solution in the long-run is to steadfastly improve the quality and extent of local policing, and leave the fight against terrorism to individuals recruited from the communities that the terrorists themselves claim to ‘represent’. “
Here is the article explaining the KPS Gill doctrine in detail: