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Bibek Debroy in the Indian Express:

The current ruckus, following Tuesday’s report from Human Rights Watch on India’s “abusive and failing” police system, is a regular feature of our national conversation... In every perception-based survey on corruption (not just Transparency International), police figure at the top and Bollywood only mirrors that reality... Implementing police reform is more important than privatisation (or disinvestment) of PSUs. It is more important than right to education or right to food. It is more important than Balochistan. If the aam aadmi is asked which organ of government hurts the most, the answer will invariably be the police; both in the negative sense of not doing what it is supposed to do — ensure the rule of law — and in the positive sense of doing what it should not do — harassment, rent-seeking. Is police reform on the UPA-II agenda? Arguing it is a state subject will not wash; there are several ways of incentivising states.

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Bibek Debroy in the Indian Express:

The current ruckus, following Tuesday’s report from Human Rights Watch on India’s “abusive and failing” police system, is a regular feature of our national conversation... In every perception-based survey on corruption (not just Transparency International), police figure at the top and Bollywood only mirrors that reality... Implementing police reform is more important than privatisation (or disinvestment) of PSUs. It is more important than right to education or right to food. It is more important than Balochistan. If the aam aadmi is asked which organ of government hurts the most, the answer will invariably be the police; both in the negative sense of not doing what it is supposed to do — ensure the rule of law — and in the positive sense of doing what it should not do — harassment, rent-seeking. Is police reform on the UPA-II agenda? Arguing it is a state subject will not wash; there are several ways of incentivising states.

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