Police constable `most abused` part of force: Chidambaram
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 00:44
  
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 public servant."

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"Police system is outdated.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 romanticises them."

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.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 00:44


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