2010-02-21

On Police

Most of our movies show the police in poor light. The armed forces are on the contrary shown as heroes.  Sure, the armed forces protect the country. Actually, come to think of it, that is more symbolic. Wars do not happen everyday (except in borders). The threat of war - which is what the armed forces are actually preventing - does not affect most people most times.

Law & order is at the core of any civil society. And the police assure us of this. The police are, thus, more relevant to (the majority of) our day to day lives. Yet, I continue to be cynical about the police; have little regard for them. Why?

The police do not many times behave appropriately - partly because they are a part of the society that is good parts corrupt; most parts tolerant of corruption & has enduring - chalta hai -  attitude. Plus, the police get paid very low.

Here is a story captured by DNA of the police on duty in Bangalore during one night. A few highlights from that night.
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11.45pm: The inspector stops to help a physically-challenged man find his way home. The latter was looking to hail a cab, but in vain.

12.15am: A pack of stray dogs trouble a lone walker in HSR Layout. Stray dogs are a major menace for policemen on night patrol too.

1.35am: A suspicious-looking person on a bike is checked at Mangammana Palya, which is a sensitive area. 

2.21am: An accused brought from another city is cuffed and taken towards an autorickshaw, which will ferry him to Central Prison.

3.15am: A group of techies caught drinking in a parked car near Iblur junction in Sarjapur get a dressing down from the inspector.
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The armed forces, particularly at the borders, have a tough job. Not an easy job the police have either.

It is difficult - even so - next time on, I will try and look at the police differently.

3 comments:

Vinod said...

Very True.

itheabsolute said...

thanks Vinod.

itheabsolute said...

Hi Debashis
How have you been?
thanks for referring to the report and the book. Will go through.
Take care.

2010-02-21

On Police

Most of our movies show the police in poor light. The armed forces are on the contrary shown as heroes.  Sure, the armed forces protect the country. Actually, come to think of it, that is more symbolic. Wars do not happen everyday (except in borders). The threat of war - which is what the armed forces are actually preventing - does not affect most people most times.

Law & order is at the core of any civil society. And the police assure us of this. The police are, thus, more relevant to (the majority of) our day to day lives. Yet, I continue to be cynical about the police; have little regard for them. Why?

The police do not many times behave appropriately - partly because they are a part of the society that is good parts corrupt; most parts tolerant of corruption & has enduring - chalta hai -  attitude. Plus, the police get paid very low.

Here is a story captured by DNA of the police on duty in Bangalore during one night. A few highlights from that night.
-------------------------------------------
11.45pm: The inspector stops to help a physically-challenged man find his way home. The latter was looking to hail a cab, but in vain.

12.15am: A pack of stray dogs trouble a lone walker in HSR Layout. Stray dogs are a major menace for policemen on night patrol too.

1.35am: A suspicious-looking person on a bike is checked at Mangammana Palya, which is a sensitive area. 

2.21am: An accused brought from another city is cuffed and taken towards an autorickshaw, which will ferry him to Central Prison.

3.15am: A group of techies caught drinking in a parked car near Iblur junction in Sarjapur get a dressing down from the inspector.
--------------------------------------------
The armed forces, particularly at the borders, have a tough job. Not an easy job the police have either.

It is difficult - even so - next time on, I will try and look at the police differently.

3 comments:

Vinod said...

Very True.

itheabsolute said...

thanks Vinod.

itheabsolute said...

Hi Debashis
How have you been?
thanks for referring to the report and the book. Will go through.
Take care.