“Kafkaland: Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India” – the book, reviews and online purchase links

Cover ManishaKafkaland: Prejudice, Law and Counterterrorism in India

by Manisha Sethi

About the book:

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.


About the author:
Manisha Sethi teaches at the Centre for Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She was Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library between 2013-15. Sethi is also Associate Editor at Biblio: A Review of Books. Her book Escaping the World: Women Renouncers among Jains was published in 2012. Sethi is an activist with Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (www.teacherssolidarity.org).

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