Kuladhar Saikia

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Kuladhar Saikia
Director General of Police
Personal details
Assam, India
ChildrenAranyak Saikia
EducationPost Graduation, Doctorate
Alma materDelhi School of Economics, Pennsylvania State University, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
OccupationDGP, Assam-Meghalaya cadre
AwardsPresident's Police Medal, Katha Award, Sahitya Akademi Award

Kuladhar Saikia, an officer of Indian Police Service and currently Director General of Police[1][2] at Guwahati has been involved in issues relating to Community Development and Community Policing. He was awarded President's police medals twice for his outstanding contribution to policing. He is the initiator and Nodal officer of Assam Police community empowerment initiative called “Project Prahari”[3] and founders of Economic Policy Research group called Assam Prakalpa. He was awarded the prestigious KATHA AWARD in 2000 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015 for his short stories.[4]

Change Agent[edit]

A three-part case series had been published by Harvard Business Review titled, "Being a Change Agent"[5] set in a rural district of Assam in India. It describes the efforts made by Kuladhar Saikia, then Deputy Inspector General of Police in the early 2000s, to tackle witchcraft-related crimes that were prevalent in this isolated and economically backward part of the country. Determined to end the social evil that still haunts rural and backward areas of Assam, Saikia's initiative and perseverance has resulted in raising awareness about the scourge of witchcraft that is often used bizarrely to settle personal scores and land disputes in villages.[6]

Kuladhar Saikia initiated the project in 2001 by running campaigns involving village chiefs and elders, said the involvement of entire communities and the lack of evidence due to the fear of being ostracised had made the task of apprehending the culprits quite challenging. Project Prahari has brought together different stakeholders – student groups, science clubs, mahila samitis and other social activists on a common platform.[7]


  1. ^ "Assam Police-Nagarik Committees". www.assampolice.gov.in. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  2. ^ "MAJOR RESHUFFLE IN ASSAM POLICE. Guwahati gets a DCP Traffic after 2 months of hiatus » G-Plus". www.guwahatiplus.com. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Curbing witch-hunting: An Assam police officers relentless campaign". www.thestatesman.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Writing helps my policing: Kuladhar Saikia - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Being a Change Agent (A): Lessons from a Lynch Mob". hbr.org. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Curbing witch-hunting: An Assam police officers relentless campaign". www.thestatesman.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Assam police officer campaigns against a social evil". Retrieved 26 February 2016.