Recent incidents in Delhi Police like : The SHO bribing daily wager parents of a 5 year old rape victim for not filing FIR, mass transfer of DCPs, the Supreme court while taking suo motu cognizance of an ACP slapping a girl in the outrage against 5 year old’s rape, being forced to observe that “ Delhi Police has gone berserk” are shocking and have jolted the conscience of every Indian. The insensitive and rapacious Delhi Police (reporting to MHA and LG ) richly endowed with exploitative lethargy, has failed to discharge even its legitimate duties.They do it only when paid, what is euphemistically called the ‘speed money.’ Corruption in DP is not considered ‘anti-social’ but a way of life. One wonders whether India could ever be cleansed. The present system does not focus on individual accountability. The problem is “intra- Delhi Police” due to its unholy nexus with the political, business and criminal class. “Duty Officer” is the starting point of corruption. Despite MHA’s orders, registration of FIRs is invariably resisted by SHOs, SIs/ASI’s, all acting as “dalals”. Investigations are carried out by SIs who are liable to be influenced.The beat constables maintain close links with criminals disguised as “Informers”.The criminals roam freely and browbeat the innocents . They extract protection money from unauthorized encroachers, extortionists, illegaltransporters, builders et al to pay haftas to their “Mai Baap”. Decriminalise DP and upgrade its professional skill, things will fall in line. Its Grievance redressal and the justice delivery mechanism are slow. As a result, the aam aadmi is usually at the receiving end of police apathy. How to overcome the problem? Solutions :-- (a)Fast track filling of vacancies in Delhi Police; (b) Restrict security covers to genuine VVIPs excluding fake VIPs, ineligibles,extra-Constitutional persons; (c) Size of security covers to be truncated; (d)Additional re-deployment of forces for guarding security of general public; (e) Insulate the police from political interferences; (f)Instil fear of police into criminal minds by breaking their nexus; (g) Officers of Delhi Police like DCPs, ACPs and SHOs must be held personally responsible for failure of law and order machinary and discharge of legitimate duties; (h)Policing the police is impotant by strengthening preventive vigilance and speeding up disciplinary proceedings ; (i) Instal CCTVs at all police stations to be constantly monitored by DCPs concerned; (j)Penalties for non-registration of FIRs must be invoked; (k ) The public, as stake holders, must be associated with performance appraisal of Delhi Police; ( l) For political interferences in service matters, conduct rules must be invoked; (m)Upgradation of minimum educational qualification for recruitment of constables from 10+2 to graduation will improve the investigative skill and professionalism of DP officers; (n) What is the propriety of utilising the services of constable /orderlies on domestic chores ? Some IPS officers of DP ,with colonial mindsets ,are reportedly having as many as 8 to 10 orderlies (some taken from para-military forces) deployed on domestic duties. Is this justified against the present shortage of manpower in DP? Let a beginning be made from Delhi and experiences replicated elsewhere.

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The CBI’s coalgate fiasco in sharing the draft affidavit with the Law minister, the two Law officers and one Joint Secretary each from M/ Coal and PMO, could be a watershed moment for the anti-graft movement in the country.The court may consider it appropriate to lay down ground rules for infusing independence and functional autonomy into the CBI. It could lay down ground rules for the CBI’s functioning, in future.For the present misdemeanours, the SC could summon the Law minister, the two Law officers and two Joint Secretaries belonging to M/ coal and the PMO and record their statements. One possibility is that notices could be issued to them. It could also punish Director,CBI for his “sharing blunder” in contravention of Supreme court’s directions.This attracted contempt of court proceedings. It could also give due credit to DCBI for acknowledging ( in the affidavit) that the draft report was shared with the political executive and others, “as desired”, before submission to the court. Bureaucrats allowed themselves to be misused and abused as conduits,ostensibly for out-of-turn favours in their careers. This was a breach of Apex court’s directions.The Opposition holds enough ammunitions for slamming the ruling dispensation. The undertaking by Dir ,CBI that it would not be sharing the affidavit, in future, could be institutionalized as general practice despite implementational problems. All things considered, the above views are within the realms of possibility. Considering the Congress’s adamence and confrontationist approach, the defaulters could be let off with simple warnings and advisories with no sacking ,as demanded by the Opposition. The World would be earnestly watching Supreme court’s pro-activism in the case. Justice Markandey Katju is conspicuous by his silence.This is indeed baffling. What do you feel ,does the future hold for India? Will the entire sequence pass off as a Non-event ?

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The coalgate scam is becoming murkier. The Law Minister Ashwani Kumar did not summon senior officers of CBI to his office for Bhagwati Jagran or a tea party. His motive was quite clear. Since the CBI works under the Prime Minister, the PMO and through it the Congress party , must have been in the loop. This would be reasonable assumption. Any denial by the CBI in its affidavit proposed to be submitted to the Supreme court, would be a sham. Facts of the coalgate scam can't be twisted this way. The CBI has no option except denial of charges . It was precluded from ministerial intervention or consultation by the Apex court. Non-compliance would attract contempt of court proceedings.

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All indian parents are overpowered by a sense of helplessness whenthey hear about incidents of rapes of minor girls particularly those of tender age.The paedophiles are moving freely across the country in search of preys. There have been five rapes in the country in the firstthree weeks of April,2013 itself.The police ,as always, is pro-criminals,never ready to file the FIRs from the victims.This is the position in the national capital. Conditions in rural India are far more horrendous. Filing FIRs attract reprisals from the accused.Tha law will remain toothless without death penalty.The law makers are insensitive to the public demand for death sentence to rapists and no distinction between major anminoroffenders.The recommendations of Justice J S Verma committee need to be re-visited and the punishment for rape must be made more stringent .This is out of sync with the worsening crime situation in the country.

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The NSG ,a police- army hybrid force under MHA, is a neglected and mis-used lot, divided against itself. It is a police force dominated by IPS officers who have to rub shoulders with deputationists from the armed forces. The two factions seldom agree. Funds are not a problem . But,the arbitrary deployment of NSG guards on odd jobs is questionable.They are often misused on ˜personal rather than ˜national’ security. Black commandos are often witnessed (on TV screens) as body guards to tainted politicians like Mayavati,Mulayam Singh Yadav, Jayalalitha et al.They also protect the PM, the de facto CEO at 10-Janpath,her son,daughter and son-in- law along with HM ,FM etc. They all enjoy multi-layer security cover under NSG/SPG umbrella.Thanks to MHA’s incompetent and inefficient officialdom, the equipment upgradation process in NSG ,is far from satisfactory. The force uses vintage equipment. Shortage of choppers adversely impacts the para dropping by NSG commandos.

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We are living in a land of contradictions. This has caused us depression and insomnia. The Indians need an anti-Stress pill every day. Consider the following sample of events :-- (a) Pakistan PM Ashraf visits India , Ajmer Sharif Dargah chief boycotts him and India’s Foreign Minister hosts a lunch for him; (b) BJP predicts early parliamentary polls stating that the UPA may collapse any time ,the Congress assures a full term of “ bad” governance; (c) NIA sought custody of Hizbul terrorist Liaqat Shah due to contradictions in claims of Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police; (d) Mulayam Singh praises Advani, SP general secretary Azam Khan calls Advani a "politician with weak values"; (e)DMK alligns with its arch enemy AIADMK on Sri lankan Tamils against Congress that helped SL army with IPKF during Rajiv Gandh’s regime; (f) SP and its adversary BSP support Congress-led UPA for common return gifts ie protection from raids; (g)While, PM claims growth slump to b e temporary, its growth rate has been showing a continuous downward trend , inflation rate rising exponentially and disparity between the rich and the poor increasing. A K Saxena (A retired civil servant)

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Having received hate mails accusing me of being casteist, I am to clarify that I am an anti-caste junkie. I believe the DNAs of dalits and non-dalits,are made of same nucleotides.No caste can be genetically programmed to be more enterprising than others.What hurts me is the discriminatory treatment and privileges reserved for one category in the name of “Affirmative Action”. This creates heart burnings and helps Indian politicians to exploit vote bank politics.

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One wonders, why is India suffering diplomatic setbacks in quick succession at the hands of its neighbours like China Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Srilanka and even the Maldives? India’s persistent insults by China for staking audacious claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Ladhak,its infamous string of pearls encircling India , South-China sea debacle etc have sent India into a tizzy. Pakistan sponsoring terror attacks with alarming regularity, returning beheaded soldiers,cold-blooded extra-Judicial killing of Sarbjit Singh in collusion with prison guards.A spineless foreign policy and candyfloss diplomacy

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The National Security Advisor (NSA) is Advisor to PM and the Indian Cabinet. India’s Intelligence Agencies ,RAW and IB, report to NSA. The post of NSA, created in 1998, was initially headed by Brajesh Mishra (1998-2004) followed by J N Dixit (2004-2005), M K Narayanan ( 2005-10) and Shiv Shankar Menon (2010-till date). While M K Narayanan belonged to IPS, others were career diplomats . The IFS officers by virtue of their job profile do not have hands-on experience in matters of internal and external security. They rely excessively on candyfloss diplomacy. This explains why India is facing diplomatic setbacks in quick succession at the hands of China, Pakistan and even Maldives? China is brazenly staking audacious claims on Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Ladhak besides encircling India with its string of pearls.This calls for some institutional overhauling.Blindly relying on the NSA,is inadviseable.There is need for collective wisdom in such sensitive matters. The mandate of NSA should be entrusted to the triumvirate,a three member body consisting of officers from the IFS, IPS and the Armed forces. Handling rogue neighbours like Pakistan and China requires holistic approach based on aggressive foreign policy, coercive diplomacy, enhanced security threat perception and assessing implications of waging a limited or full-scale war or even psychological warfare on enemies.

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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