Increasing political violence in India is challenging the governmentâ€™s ability to resolve conflicts democratically. Combining scholarship with professional experience as a police officer for more than three decades, author K.S. Subramanian sketches the growing crisis of governance in two ways: by assessing the Central Governmentâ€™s police organizations and through case studies of regions and communities bearing the brunt of political violence. The author is thus able to take the reader behind the scenesâ€”whether it is on police partisanship in communal riots in Gujarat, the Home Ministryâ€™s approach to the Naxalite problem, the violence against Dalits, or the violation of human rights in Indiaâ€™s North-East. His is a plea for reconciling the modernizing impulses of â€˜civilâ€™ society and the democratic urges of â€˜politicalâ€™ society.