The KPS Gill Doctrine

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:

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:

The KPS Gill Doctrine



11 Responses to “The KPS Gill Doctrine”

  1. 1 T S GILL July 13, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    “illustrious KPS Gill”?


    This is the same filthy animal who is responsible for 1000’s of fake encounters.

    This is the same filthy animal who is responsible for murder and rape of 1000’s of innocent men, women and children.

    There are no words to describe the evil Police brutality at the time of KPS Gill, the barbaric torture in Police cells, the inhumane treatment of innocent by-standers.

    Would you happen to also shed some light on what happened to people such as Jaswant Singh Khalra?


  2. 3 meena Kapoor kumar July 29, 2009 at 6:39 am

    KPS Gill is the true Prophet of Hate and Enemy of the State of India. He has used the rhetoric of national security and defense to commit heinous crimes against humanity and should be brought to trial at the international level. He has been instrumental in creating communal hatred between Sikhs and Hindus by his actions and his words.

    He was not instrumental in ‘curbing’ terrorism he was instrumental in lining his own pockets and that of his police offers with financial incentives to kill innocent Sikhs and make it appear that they were terrorists. ‘Terrorism’ was defeated in Punjab by killing targeting all males between 15-35 years regardless of whether they were guilty or innocent. How a country deals with dissension; minorities; children and even animals is an indication of how evolved that society is………India has along way to go before it becomes a true democracy instead of the slave of corrupt politicians and evil men like KPS Gill


  3. 4 Concerned Person August 7, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Here is an article from BBC World Online which epitomises what KSP Gill stands for: Enjoy!

    Police in India are guilty of widespread human rights violations, including beatings, torture and illegal killings, a new report alleges.
    The US-based group Human Rights Watch says India’s policing system facilitates and even encourages abuses.
    It says there has been little change in attitudes, training or equipment since the police was formed in colonial times with the aim to control the population.
    It says the government must take major steps to overhaul a failing system.
    There was no immediate response from the Indian authorities.
    The BBC’s Damian Grammaticas in Delhi says the catalogue of abuses by India’s police detailed in this report is long and shocking – arbitrary arrests, beatings and torture to force confessions, even the cold-blooded gunning down of innocent people.

    “[M]y hands and legs were tied; a wooden stick was passed through my legs. They started beating me badly on the legs with lathis [batons] and kicking me,” the report quoted a fruit vendor in the city of Varanasi as saying.
    “They beat me until I was crying and shouting for help. When I was almost fainting, they stopped the beating… Then they turned me upside down… They poured water from a plastic jug into my mouth and nose, and I fainted,” he said.
    Human Rights Watch spent a year investigating claims of human rights violations to compile the 118-page report, entitled “Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police”.
    It says the report is based on interviews with more than 80 police officers of varying ranks, 60 victims of police abuses and numerous discussions with experts and civil society activists.
    The report says that “abysmal conditions for police officers contribute to violations”.

    Ill-equipped and under pressure to fight crime, police officers often take the law into their own hands, it says.
    “Low-ranking officers often work in difficult conditions. They are required to be on-call 24 hours a day, every day. Instead of shifts, many work long hours, sometimes living in tents or filthy barracks at the police station.
    “Many are separated from their families for long stretches of time. They often lack necessary equipment, including vehicles, mobile phones, investigative tools and even paper on which to record complaints and make notes.”
    Human Rights Watch says that as India has modernised fast, its police have been left behind.
    “India is modernising rapidly, but the police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
    “It’s time for the government to stop talking about reform and fix the system.”
    The authorities require a major overhaul – otherwise the beatings, torture and illegal killings will continue to stain India’s democracy, the report adds.


  4. 5 LadyHope August 23, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Mr Gill was successful in wiping out counterinsurgency in the Punjab by adopting the following measures:

    a) All Sikhs males, particularly religious practising Sikhs, between the ages of 15-35 were targetted regardless of whether they were guilty or innocent.
    b) Financial incentives and bounties were offered to Police officers for capturing of Sikhs males, which lead to widespread abuse and human rights violations
    c) Captured males were tortured and shot in ‘encounters’ with the Police. The word “encounters” become another word for illegal killing. This can be verified through Indian media reports. Eye witness statements are also available for interested parties.
    d) Ensaaf together with Benetech has issued the following statement and report:

    The report by Ensaaf and HRDAG, “Violent Deaths and Enforced Disappearances During the Counterinsurgency in Punjab, India,” presents empirical findings suggesting that the intensification of counterinsurgency operations in Punjab in the early 1990s was accompanied by a shift in state violence from targeted lethal human rights violations to systematic enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions, accompanied by mass “illegal cremations.” Indian security officials have dismissed claims of human rights violations as unavoidable “aberrations” during the counterinsurgency against alleged terrorists in Punjab from 1984 to 1995.

    “This report challenges explanations by Indian security forces for enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions using more than 20,000 records from independent sources which have been analyzed using statistical methods,” said Romesh Silva, a demographer at HRDAG and co-author of the report. “This scientific analysis reveals that answers given by the government regarding the nature and extent of these violations are implausible given the available evidence. The victims and their families have a right to the truth.”
    e) Mr Gill was one of the last person to see Jaswant Singh Khalra before he was murdered. Jaswant Singh Khalra was picked up by the Police, detained, tortured and murdered. He was a human rights activist who had noticed the mass disappearances of Sikhs as it was being bought to his attention by their mothers and wives. His investigation led to the uncovering of a mass cremation site with 3000 bodies. This information is all verifiable and is currently with the National Human Rights Commission in India. Unfortunately since Mr Gill was taking his orders from the Central Government of India it has been very difficult to seek legal redress for his actions in India. BBC World online has reported that 153 Members Parliament in India have criminal records including rape, gang activities and murders. Corruption is rife and the Judiarcy is easily purchased.

    f) Mr Gill hired informants to dress and act like Sikhs. They then went into villages to rape and pillage. The poor people in the villages associated them with the Khalistani freedom fighters and turned against them. Yes, this worked but at what cost? Sikh women were tortured sexually (for example penetrated with iron rods) to make them confess to the whereabouts of so called militants.

    g) Reports state that the number of ‘disappeared’ is between 150,000 – 200,000. Disappearance is specifically mentioned as a crime against humanity within international human rights declarations. It is a most heinous crime because you deny the identity and existence of a person.


  5. 6 abar khan September 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    too bad so sad, they should have turned to islam to be true believers and not kafir sikh


  6. 7 Lady Delhi October 5, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Yes, Abar Khan – too bad so sad about Gurjat 2002 and destruction of Babri Mosque. I suppose being muslims it didnt save them either – you should all convert to Hinduism and worship the cow instead:)


  7. 8 GillDefender November 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Its interesting seems like every single comment is about how cops used excessive force etc.. but not a single word about the terrorists? I wonder why terrorists are not mentioned when we talk about human rights, I lived in Punjab during the troubled years and I remember how terrorists would blast bombs in bazaars and spray AK 47 bullets on crowds, I wonder how can they claim to be protectants/sympathisers of Sikhs. The worst affected were sikhs.
    And today thanks to Beant Singh and K P S Gill Punjab is peaceful and sikhs are progressing…..


  8. 10 Babbar S October 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Let these Gill bashers answer, what defence do they give to the barbaric KLF. Nankhana sahib is in Pakistan, which supports these terrorists, so why do the KLF not demand that Nankana sahib be given to them as declare that as Khalistan. Educated illiterates will have problems only when terrorists are shot. No sympathy for these parasites. We need 100 more KPs Gill’s to keep India safe.


  9. 11 tspspc February 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This information is worth everyone’s attention. When can I find out more?


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