Book review: “Blood on my Hands”

Book review: “Blood on my Hands”


Targeted killings have been the subject of discussion of late and the price which comes is either in blood or tears. According to Wikipedia, “An extrajudicial killing of a person by government authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.”

Senior journalist Kishalay Bhattacharjee, who has been affiliated with broadcast television for twenty years, seventeen of which he spent at New Delhi Television(NDTV) where he was resident editor covering conflict in India’s northeast as well as in the Maoist corridor.

‘Blood on my hands’ a book shedding light into the forces within our defence establishment which have denied the fact and statistics of accountability within India’s security machinery. Braving odds an army officers opens a festering wound of staged encounters in India’s northeast. The free hand which is given to men in uniform to eliminate without justification. Judge and executioner soaked in one uniform, encounter specialists flying sky high and given rampant media publicity sweeping it under the carpet.

The book likewise uncovers how officers require a distinct number of points to get a reference and acquire their positions and recompenses. Under this weight, the armed force units offer to buy a human being to be murdered from the mafia.

Interacting with investigative journalist and conflict specialist Kishalay Bhattacharjee, the confessor tells of the toll this brutality has taken on him.

An essay by Bhattacharjee and a postscript measures the policy of extra judicial or targeted killings and how it ruptures the fabric of India’s democracy. An explosive documentation on institutionalized human right abuse.

Kishalay Bhattacharjee was selected chair of internal security and a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in 2011.