Mumbai: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Monday sympathised with the ordinary police constable saying he
is the "most abused" part of the force and the "most reviled
Chidambaram also said India which is facing serious
terror and Naxal threats has an ill-equipped police machinery,
especially at its lower ranks.
"Police system is outdated. Police are ill-trained,
ill-equipped and ill-paid," said Chidambaram, talking about
the challenges to internal security.
The Minister further said the Police Constable, "who
works for 12 to 14 hours a day throughout the year is the most
abused" part of the machinery.
"Everyone believes that he (Constable) can be bullied,
or cajoled or bribed... he is the most reviled public
servant," Chidambaram said delivering the fourth Nani
Palkhiwala Memorial lecture here.
"Self-esteem of average policeman is very low," he
said. "And this average Police Constable is a frontline force
for the internal security," he stated, adding that when
occasion demands, "he rises to great heights".
Chidambaram paid tributes to Tukaram Ombale, a Mumbai
Police Constable killed during November 26 terror attack here
while capturing Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab alive.
Saying that the Constable lives in a "very different
cultural milieu and brings his culture to the workplace",
Chidambaram remarked that there was a very "feeble attempt to
improve his behaviour or attitude".
Naxalism must not be romanticised
Against the backdrop of the arrest of
Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy, Chidambaram
today said civil society must not romanticise the Naxalites.
Noting that in the last ten years Naxalites have expanded
their area of operation and capacity to commit violent acts,
he said, "it is a sad fact that a section of civil society
Saying that some people treat Naxalites as "bulwark
against captialism", Chidambaram said that these "few grains
of truth must be seen in the context of mountain of violence".
Quoting from a seized document which stated Indian Naxal
groups' philosophy, he said, "They regard elections as
meaningless and pseudo-democratic."
Talking particularly about Kobad Ghandy, a Mumbai-based
businessman's son who became a Naxalite, Chidambaram said,
"Kobad Ghandy is on record saying that Naxalites would never
participate in mainstream politics."
"How can the country accept this?" Chidambaram said.
Referring to Maoists in Nepal who participated in
Parliamentary elections, Chidambaram wondered why Indian
Maoists do not follow this example.
First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 00:44