It has been three months since COVID-19 reached the Indian shores. Unlike many countries across the globe it has not so far overwhelmed India’s public health infrastructure though the possibility still exists. India’s law and order machinery has also been stretched and even when COVID-19 recedes, its after-effects could continue to challenge India’s internal security institutions, especially the police. It is not inconceivable that India could experience, widespread social unrest due to the economic downturn that could also, in some places, tango with an underlying communal and class divide.

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