Book Review: ‘Unforgettable Chapters’ by Prakash Singh

A gripping journey through law enforcement, insurgency battles, and the relentless pursuit of national security

Book Title: Unforgettable Chapters: Memoirs of a Top Cop
Author: Prakash Singh
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-9357026956
Date Published: May. 3, 2024
Price: INR 320

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Book Review

In “Unforgettable Chapters: Memoirs of a Top Cop,” readers are taken on a dramatic trip into the world of law enforcement as seen through the eyes of Prakash Singh, a seasoned cop who has confronted crime and insurgency hard-on. The book provides an insider’s view on the ongoing fights against insurgency in India’s difficult regions, including Nagaland, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu Kashmir.

Prakash Singh’s thorough account of cross-border operations and the constant effort to protect the country’s frontiers from both external and domestic dangers demonstrates his unrelenting drive and dedication.

The story extends beyond Singh’s professional life to explore the personal struggles he experienced as an officer dedicated to protecting internal security in the face of institutional impediments. It discusses his interactions with the formidable Naxal insurgency and the difficulty of dealing with civilian concerns. This aspect of the memoir highlights the relentless pursuit of internal security and the various systemic challenges that come with it, painting a comprehensive picture of the life and responsibilities of a top cop.

Prakash Singh, a former police officer, advocates for police reforms and their impact on Indian society. He emphasizes the need for defined roles, good communication, and development within the police force. Singh’s book serves as a call to action for ongoing improvements in the law enforcement sector. He has commanded the world’s largest police force in Uttar Pradesh and the Border Security Force and has been involved in combating insurgency in India. His efforts earned him the Padma Shri in 1991 and he served on the National Security Advisory Board from 2013 to 2014.

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Overall, “Unforgettable Chapters” is an engaging book that goes beyond personal experiences to discuss larger themes such as national security and police reform. It exemplifies the bravery and tenacity of individuals who devote their lives to serving the country. Ajit Doval, national security advisor, and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have both praised Prakash Singh’s efforts, emphasizing his enormous effect on India’s security environment and his long legacy as a champion for police reform.

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