Bhiwandi Riots - Aftermath

The Bureau of Police Research and Development is a national institution.  This institute with the help of Indian Institute of Public Administration had taken up a research project. The object was to find out why Aligarh in UP & Bhivandi in Maharashtra remained peaceful after the Babri Mosque demolition.  Retired Director General of Police Assam Mr. Singhal completed the research project.  He gave full credit to the Moholla committees established by me for the miraculous peace in Bhiwandi.

Shri Khorakiwalla, the then sheriff of Bombay was greatly impressed by my Mohalla Committee work.  He established Mohalla Committees on Bhivandi pattern in Bombay after the riots.  The then Commissioner of Police, Bombay invited me to address social workers & intellectuals on Mohalla committee scheme.  I drew up plans for Mohalla committees in Mumbai.  They are still bring implemented in Mumbai.
My book ‘Bhivandi Riots 1984’ received the excellence award of the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad in 1992.

This book was selected by American Library of congress Washington for their libraries all over the world. My name has been included in the catalog of the libraries as “Research author”.

The central Government has included Mohalla committees in its directions to the states in a booklet titled, ‘Guidelines to promote communal harmony’.

The united Nations fund for women, ministry of Home affairs, Govt of India & ministry of women and children welfare Development, Govt. of India, have taken up pilot projects on lines of Mohalla committee in select police stations of Rajastan, UP. & Mhararashtra for prevention of atrocities against women.

I was invited to speak on Bhivandi peace committees by the following:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai,
Sardar Vallabhbhi Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
Planning commission of India, New Delhi.
United Nations Fund for Women (South Asia Region)

For the seminar of SAARC at Katmandu, Nepal.  The participants were exhorted to adopt schemes on lines of the Mohalla Committee in their own countries.  Delegates at  SAARC praised the Bhivandi experiment.

Institute of federalism, University of Friebourg, Switzerland, for international seminar.  The seminar considered how this scheme could be used for tackling the ethnic riots of Europe. Professors and scholars from New York, London, Colombo, Hydalberq, Korea, Universities were full of praise for my essay.

In March 2002, an Indo-British seminar was held at Delhi.  60 select British police officers from various countries, and 100 selected police officers from all over India participated. Additional DGP of UP.  Shri Kurian read a paper on various community-policing schemes tried in India.  Mr. Kurian declared that out of all the experiments tried in India, Khopade’s Bhivandi pattern, was the best & most successful experiment.  Even the British police contingent praised the Khopade Pattern.

Mr. K. Radhakrishna, Commissioner of Police, Coimbator (Tamil Nadu) replicated the Bhiwandi experiment.  He called them Area Committees instead of Mohalla Committee.  His initiatives were recognised by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Washington and he was given the International Community Policing Award 2002.  Commissioner of Police, Trichy and Superintendent of Police Adilabad received IACP Awards for community policing for replicating the Bhiwandi experiment.