Archive for November, 2010

When I Got Stuck!!!

Posted: November 25, 2010 in Thoughts
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Let me take the liberty of alluding hows and whys of this story. It’s just about getting stuck in my own windings.

Leaving aside the hows and when as I am still struggling to find the reason. In fact now I am in way sure enough to say that there is no sane reason that exists for getting struck. But then who can claim to remain sane throughout one’s life?

It’s an irony of real life. You change around and within but time shows that you come back where you start. Change appears to be stagnating and you tear your hair looking for the outcome of changes that you made with so much enthusiasm. End result – loss of hair!!!

I was still left with some hair and so decided not to give up so easily. I took up the task to instil the changes, this time with new approach. It was thrilling and I was so proud of myself. All was going almost perfect. Alas! One day I looked for the manifestation of the alterations that you put through with much fervour. Oh! I was standing on the start line again, with fading memory and most of my hair lost.

I don’t know if it was this repeatedly distressing realization or this is what people call aging. May be both are one and the same thing. Whatever it is, I am preserving my remaining hair and sharpening my memory to work out the next change!!!

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My Perception of Policing in a Democracy

Posted: November 16, 2010 in Society
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Police Department is chiefly established for law enforcement and crime prevention and detection. It is authorized to maintain the peace, safety, and order of the community. But as awareness towards one’s right in today’s democratic set-up is enhancing, traditional form of policing is creating public-police friction. Democracies advocate for welfare state and policing too needs to realign itself on the same principal to gain trust and work efficiently through inclusiveness as people’s apathy is proved to be a big deterrent in effective policing.

There is lack of understanding of law in public that many times become a reason to doubt law enforcement agencies but this mistrust has its root in real experiences too. Police is vested with power to discharge their duty effectively. But this power is misused much often to benefit some or to bully or simply to soothe bruised egos. This misuse increases in proportion to lack of awareness and poverty. We all are equal before law but this proposition becomes farcical the way these laws are enforced. Uniformity of approach takes backseat quite many times, which gives an impression that police is for powerful only. The whole setup is such that it seems hard to believe that there could be an honest cop. These honest cops both get demoralised after some time and accept the system as it is or they become inert in discharging their duty so that they save themselves the agony of being corrupt. In either case indifference grows within the force.

Policing is not just another job. Along with it comes a responsibility. In a democratic setup, it gives opportunity to serve the community and in the time of crisis it brings much appreciation too from the people. Police is like a guardian people look up to, to feel secure. In usual, normal circumstances policing job is still tougher as this is the time when their work is not much visible and they are subject to criticism. But as in a family, we expect much from our guardians and their little indifference brings displeasure within, so does happen with police. And when guardian favours the strong and flays the weak, fear follows giving rise to discontent and anarchy is the general consequence.

Crimes and discrepancies in a society can’t be done away with but policing needs to be such that it instils fear in wrong-doer and faith in good citizens. It should be inclusive and uniform for all in its performance of duty and deterrent yet reformative for criminals.

Many of these positive changes that are conducive to present state have been brought in police force but these need much swiftness. In our democracy rather than policing I would like to witness community-policing in near future.

P.S.: It’s one of my essay-submission!!!