RK Raghavan
RK Raghavan
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articles by RK Raghavan

India

Cleaning up India's police: Here's what can remove corruption among top cops

I can speak for the situation in the IPS, as I once belonged to this elite group. It is not my case that my contemporaries in the profession were squeaky clean.

Entertainment

Salman Khan is out on bail, but here's some crucial lessons from the actor's verdict

It is the experience in most of India that traffic accidents are about the most easily manipulated by dishonest police officers acting to save a moneyed offender.

World

Germanwings tragedy: Why foolproof aviation security will never be a reality

Germanwings Flight 9525 crash into the French Alps is a tragedy beyond words. One co-pilot — 27 years-old German national Andreas Lubitz of Dusseldorf — has made a mockery of all that the airlines across the world have done in the recent past — at the behest mostly of ICAO — to secure flights on the ground and in air.

World

Racism and trigger-happy cops: What caused the assault on India grandfather in Alabama

The recent Madison (Alabama) outrage does not therefore come as a surprise to close observers of the police in the US. The police in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Philadelphia are predominantly white.

India

Modi's move to appoint Jaishankar as foreign secy recognition of hard work

The tyranny of seniority has to end, and the Modi government has shown the way. Collective resentment has to be dealt with firmly and ruthlessly. Or else we would be witness only to sloth and dishonesty in the higher echelons of the superior civil service.

World

Lessons from Sydney attack: How an individual's madness can turn into a major terror threat

The point of interest to many law enforcement agencies across the globe, including ours, is how to protect our citizens against an individual’s madness.

India

Delhi Uber rape case uncovers a broken system of background checks in India

Uber, for whom he operated the taxi hired by the traumatized executive who got into the car late in the night, had not done a background check for him.

India

Lesson from Ranjit Sinha fiasco: CBI chief can't be chosen on seniority alone

The most important question is whether Ranjit Sinha should continue to head the CBI until he retires on 2 December, writes former CBI chief RK Raghavan.

India

Reflections on the IPS and CBI

No one would grudge conceding that the CBI is performing a difficult task. It is under pressure all the time to nail somebody against whom there is only flimsy evidence or exonerate some bigwig who had so much to hide.

India

Delhi to Badaun: Criminology can counter India's rape problem

It is my case that ‘target hardening’, propounded by some cerebral criminologists like the venerable Ron Clarke of Rutgers University in the US, and would greatly help.

India

Nowhere to hide for corrupt Babus: Why we must thank the SC

This provision on the face of it is not valid. It grants absolute protection to corrupt officers from prosecution. They don’t need a shield like this merely because they are likely to be harassed.

India

Dirty tricks dept: We should listen to Gopalkrishna Gandhi on CBI

Gopalkrishan Gandhi correctly identifies two major themes relating to the CBI that generally cause anguish to the civil service as well as to the common man who demands total probity in the highest investigation agency in the country.

India

Looking beyond shunted officer Desiraju, here is what ails the IAS

We need strong Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Secretaries and Directors-General of Police who are appointed on the basis of a track record for effectiveness and integrity and who will stand up for the honest civil servant.

India

Bangalore ATM attack: Time police worked with women on safety

The best bet is a meaningful partnership between the police and women activists, aided by conscientious men and women at the top of law enforcement and society.

India

Lalu's conviction exonerates 'the much maligned' CBI

The Lalu judgment comes at the right time when our image abroad is at its lowest. The many scams that have tumbled out of the cupboards of both the Centre and States are of a frightening proportion.

India

What police should learn from Batla House and Ishrat Jahan

In my view the Ishrat Jahan and Batla House episodes have the positive impact on the nation's police forces.

Breaking Views

Remembering B Raman: A role model for Indian espionage

The lesson to learn from him is: Flamboyance does not always pay in the tricky game of intelligence; perseverance and a level head alone are the main keys to success.

India

Chhattisgarh's Sunil Kumar Kurup: An aberration or a model?

If you had been a chief secretary or DGP under Party A, the moment Party B comes to power, you become an ‘untouchable’.

India

Coalgate: SC's tongue-lashing will help CBI discover its spine

The Supreme Court's kick will help the CBI independence, but the most important change required is the abolition of the "Single directive" which forces the CBI to seek government sanction for even preliminary enquiries

India

Why the CBI's Coalgate affidavit could be a watershed

Could the CBI's affidavit result in changes in the manner in which the investigating agency functions in the future?