Kafkaland

Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India

ISBN(s) 978-93-83968-00-8
Pub. Date October 2014
Pages pp xii+216
Dimensions demy octavo 8.5 x 5.5 in., includes bibliographies and index
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Paperback 978-93-83968-00-8
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Kafkaland explores the grisly underbelly of counterterrorism, where prejudice and lawlessness are the standard operating codes. From Mumbai to Bangalore, to Delhi to Madhya Pradesh, it examines some of the most prominent terror cases to show that the hallmark of terror investigations is not simply a casual subversion of norms but cynical prejudice and brutal violence inflicted in the knowledge of absolute impunity. It also examines the disquieting trend of judicial abdication, wherein the courts indulgently ignore signs of torture, lack of evidence and absence of procedural norms, while trying terror cases.

Kafkaland challenges the dominant narratives of counterterrorism and the emerging security-industrial complex. Kafkaland is where impunity, bias, suspicion are sustained by laws, where erosion of constitutional guarantees is advertised as internal security, where corporate greed masquerades as national interest.

Contents

Preface

Part 1: Stories from Kafkaland

1. Dr. Narco and Other Stories from Kafkaland

2. The Life and Death of Gulam Yazdani

3. Terrorism’s True Lies

4. Malegaon and the Fiction of Muslim Revenge

Part 2: Law of the Land

5. Death by Encounter

6. Why the Ishrat Jahan Case Frightens Our Commentators

7. Crime and Punishment 95

8. Sinful Liberals and the Investigative Bias

9. Temples of Justice 10. Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Part 3: The Security Metaphysic

11. The Security Metaphysic

Painting on the cover: Sudhir Patwardhan, Gray Chamber (detail). 2010. acrylic on canvas. 80 x 65 in. Courtesy the artist. Back cover: Man in Alley, photograph by Aban Raza Cover design: Asad Zaidi

About Manisha Sethi Read full profile ›

Manisha Sethi is currently Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. She teaches at the Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is also Associate Editor at Biblio: A Review of Books. Her book... Read more

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