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Monday, 31 December 2012

Public Memory, Gang Rape & Terrorist Attacks.


Following has been unwritten Standard Responding Procedure(SRP) of certain sections of our society whenever some terrorist attack or bomb blast happens in our country. The same could be (and is) applied on incident of rape.

Public: We will light candles & shout slogans.
Police: We will catch the culprit as soon as possible.
Politician in Power: We will suspend the responsible policemen. We will not allow this to happen again.
Politician in Opposition: We demand the immediate dismissal of this government.
Press: We will drop all other stories, continuously show the protests & organize debates in studios.
Activist: We will file PILs in the courts.

After every terrorist attack all the above respond in the same manner. After much uproar everything dies down till next terrorist attack happens.
Now the same set of response is seen after the Delhi gangrape case. Hope, that like terrorist attacks, such style of response doesn’t becomes a practice after every case of gang rape (God forbid such incident happens again)

An European philosopher once said, “Public memory is short lived” & his thought gets confirmed & illustrated every time we respond to any terrorist attack.
Here, I would like to quote music maestro Zubin Mehta (Times of India, 31/12/12) who reacted on Delhi rape case with words- “I am fuming, but I see a very healthy sign of public objection, public demonstration. I hope it will not die down. I hope it will not be a one week thing.”

I share the fear of Zubin Mehta. We need to be focused & result oriented. We have to check whether the bottom line satisfies us. We have to break the regular pattern of our reaction. We have to act both collectively & individually to deal with a social evil.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

ठहरो...ठहरो..रामलीला अभी जारी है...


दशहरे का दिन दस दिवसीय रामलीला आयोजन का आखिरी दिन होता है। इस दिन रामलीला शाम 7 या 8 बजे शुरू होने के बजाय 6 या 7 बजे ही शुरू हो जाती है। दर्शकों की सबसे ज्यादा भीड रामलीला मैदान में इसी दिन दिखाई देती है। मैदान के एक किनारे रंगबिरंगा और भीमकाय रावण का पुतला राख में तब्दील होने के लिये तैयार रहता है। आमतौर पर इस दिन हनुमानजी के हाथों अहिरावण वध का प्रसंग दिखालाया जाता है और उसके बाद होता है राम और रावण का महायुद्ध। विभीषण की सलाह पर राम, रावण की तोंद का निशाना लगाते हैं और रावण ढेर हो जाता है। कई रामलीला मंडलियां रावण की मौत से पहले उस प्रसंग को भी दिखातीं है जिसमें राम, लक्ष्मण से कहते हैं कि वो अंतिम सांसे गिन रहे रावण से राजनीति की शिक्षा लेकर आयें। रावण के मरते ही सभी दर्शकों के चेहरे मंच से हटकर मुड जाते हैं रावण के पुतले की तरफ। आसमान में रंग बिरंगी आतिशबाजी शुरू हो जाती है। बम पटाखों की गर्जना असत्य पर सत्य की विजय की सालाना घोषणा करती है। रावण के पुतले में जडे आतिशबाजी के तमाम आईटम सक्रीय हो जाते हैं और कुछ मिनटों में ही बीते दस दिनों की मेहनत से तैयार की गई ये कलाकृति आग को समर्पित हो जाती है। जैसे ही रावण का पुतला भस्म होता है, भीड रामलीला मैदान से निकलने लगती है। कुछ लोग घर जल्दी पहुंचना चाहते हैं, कुछ दशहरे के मेले में वक्त गुजारना चाहते हैं तो कुछ डांडिया रास के आखिरी दिन का लुत्फ उठाना चाहते हैं। मंच से रामलीला के संचालक गुहार लगाते हैं- भाईयों और बहनों...ठहरिये..ठहरिये...लीला अभी खत्म नहीं हुई है। अभी सीता मैया की अग्नि परीक्षा और भगवान का राज्याभिषेक का प्रसंग बाकी है।...लेकिन संचालक की गुहार को अनसुना करके भीड मैदान से बाहर निकलती रहती है। मैदान 70 फीसदी के करीब खाली हो चुका होता है। संचालक फिर फरियाद करता है- अगर आप राम भक्त हैं तो पूरी लीला देख कर जाईये। आपने अब तक भगवान राम को वन में दर दर भटकते देखा है, अब उन्हें राजा बनते नहीं देखेंगे क्या? संचालक की इस भावनात्मक विनती के बाद कुछ बुजुर्ग लोग रूक जाते हैं, लेकिन ज्यादातर को वहां से निकलने की जल्दी रहती है।

अबसे बीस साल पहले मैने दशहरे के दिन आखिरी बार रामलीला देखी थी। मेरे दादा, दादी, नाना, नानी रामलीला देखने के बडे शौकीन थे और हर साल वे पूरे घर को मुंबई के क्रास मैदान में रामलीला दिखाने ले जाते थे। हम बच्चों को बडा मजा आता था। खासकर राम विवाह वाले दिन होने वाला हंसी मजाक और लंका दहन वाला दिन हमें खासा पसंद था। रामलीला से ही प्रेरित होकर मैं हर साल अपने मोहल्ले के बच्चों को इकट्ठा करके दोपहर के वक्त रावण का छोटासा पुतला खुद बनाकर जलाता था। रावण को आग कौन लगायेगा इस बात पर बच्चों में अक्सर झगडा भी हो जाता। रामलीला का हमें साल भर इंतजार रहता। 4 दिनों पहले मैं यूं ही दक्षिण मुंबई के एक रामलीला मैदान पहुंचा। लगा कि बचपन की यादें ताजा होंगीं, लेकिन रामलीला में काफी कुछ बदल गया था। उस दिन राम विवाह का प्रसंग था भीड पहले के मुकाबले काफी कम थी। रामलीला मैदन में जहां पहले हर ओर सिर्फ राम, लक्ष्मण,सीता और हनुमानजी की तस्वीरें लगतीं थीं और इक्का दुक्का मारवाडी प्रायोजकों की दुकानों के बैनर लगते थे, वहीं अब राजनेता के तस्वीरों वाले कट आउट्स नजर आ रहे थे।
अबसे 20 साल पहले तक रात 1 बजे तक रामलीलाएं चलतीं थीं, लेकिन अब अदालती आदेश के बाद 10 बजे ही समापन 
आरती कर देनी पडती है, नहीं तो पुलिस वाले लाऊड स्पीकर समेत वाद्ययंत्र उठा ले जाते हैं और जुर्माना ठोंकते हैं। नवरात्रि के दौरान मुंबई में बसे 2 तरह के परप्रांतीय देर रात तक जागते मिलते थे। उत्तरभारतीय लोग रामलीला में दिखाई देते तो गुजरातियों की भीड डांडिया रास के आयोजनों में रहती।

बीते कई दशकों से मुंबई के शिवाजी पार्क में होने वाली रामलीला इस साल नहीं हो रही। इस मैदान में शिवसेना की सालाना रैली को तो इजाजत मिल गई, लेकिन रामलीला को नहीं। इसके अलावा लगता है कि टीवी के तमाम चैनलों पर रामायण और हनुमानजी की लीलाओं पर आधारित दर्जनों धारावाहिकों ने भी रामलीला पर अपना प्रभाव छोडा है। जब भगवान आपके टीवी सेट पर ही रोज प्रकट होकर अपनी लीला दिखा रहें हैं तो खुले मैदान में बैठकर रामलीला देखने जाने की जहमत कौन उठाये? पहले बडी रामलीलाओं के ज्यादातर आयोजन मथुरा, वृंदावन वगैरह से पेशेवर कलाकारों की टोलियां बुलाते थे, लेकिन अब ज्यादातर रामलीला आयोजक स्थानीय लोगों से ही रामलीला का मंचन करवाते हैं, जो दिन में कुछ और काम करते हैं और रात में रामलीला के कलाकार बन जाते हैं। हिंदी अखबारों में पहले हर रोज बडे रामलीला आयोजक प्रत्येक दिन की लीला के विज्ञापन दिया करते थे, लेकिन बीते चंद सालों से रामलीला के विज्ञापन अखबारों से गायब हैं।

मुंबई में रामलीला से ग्लैमर जगत भी दूर रहा है। एक ओर जहां मुंबई के बडे गणपति पंडालों में बडे बडे फिल्मी सितारे शीश नवाने जाते हैं और डांडिया में उनकी मौजूदगी आयोजकों की आमदनी बढा देती है तो वहीं फिल्म जगत को अपने में समेटे रहने वाले शहर मुंबई की रामलीलाओं में शायद ही कोई हिट फिल्मस्टार आता हो।

रामलीलाओं में होने वाली भीड भले ही साल दर साल सिमट रही हो, लेकिन अगर रामकथा का ये माध्यम बदलते वक्त के साथ अगर खुद में कुछ बदलाव करे तो फिर पुराने दिन वापस आ सकते हैं।

Saturday, 26 May 2012

5 Answers To Those Who Defend Rave Parties.



Since the time Juhu Police has busted a rave party at Hotel Oakwood certain newspapers especially the English ones have launched a campaign to prove that it was not a rave party at all & police went overboard in the incident. Although, it is the job of free media to question the authority & take everything with a pinch of salt, in the present case, it is not seen that the publications questioning the police action have done thorough homework & considered the larger aspect of the issue. I am not defending the cops here, but to be fair with them, I have certain points to make in response to the criticism published in some newspapers.

1)  It was not a rave party?A newspaper claimed that the party where police intruded was not a rave party at all, but a normal Sunday evening sundown party. To see how this is untrue, look at the invite sent on social networking site Facebook. The language & choice of words clearly indicate that it was a party for drugs & sex. I spoke to Dr.Yusuf Merchant of Drugs Abuse Information Research & Rehabilitation Centre (DAIRRC) who has helped thousands of youngsters for de-addiction. He examined the copy of invite & said that at a first glance anybody who is part of the drugs circuit will come to know that it is an invitation for a rave party. The words “Sundown”, “Down”, “Do not FLY” have a connotation for rave party goers which are different from that explained in the Oxford Dictionary. Moreover, according to Dr. Merchant the last sentence of the invite –“ Support the music & not the drugs” itself hints that there is availability of both drugs & music in the party. Apart from the invitation, seizure of trance music equipments & drugs also prove that it was indeed  a party which has been understood in our society over the years as a rave party.
2)  Why victims were treated as accused? “People taking drugs should be treated as victims of drug abuse & not as accused”, preaches a newspaper. I agree with this...but wait, how will you ascertain that a person is a victim? He/she will not voluntarily come to the cops & declare that I am a drug addict. Please take me for de-addiction. Obviously, cops have to secretly execute their operation to reach out to such “victims of drug abuse.” Thus, police action was justified in Juhu rave party case. When police will detain the suspects & get their tests done, then only it will be revealed whether they have been drug addicts or not. We should also not forget that laws related to drugs abuse & trade are very mild in India when compared with Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand & other countries of South East Asia where the convicts are likely to get death penalty after a short trial. It should also be considered that most of the persons detained during Sunday’s raid were adult Indian citizens (few foreigners too) from well to do & educated families & they should have been aware about the law of the land. Selling & consuming drugs is a crime in India.
3) Why detained people were paraded before the Media? This is the one where critics have gone factually wrong. Police never ordered the detainees to parade before the media. Infact, media representatives themselves gathered outside the hotel, police station & hospitals when they got the news of the raid. Police did not co-operate in providing media persons the footage & photos they required. Media guys had to struggle to get them. Interestingly, lensmen of that particular media group were also there which has raised this issue. Infact, the presence of media should be considered as a relief for the detainees which led to cops behaving decently with them…otherwise everybody knows the language of slaps & abuses which policemen in Mumbai (or all over the country) use to deal with the people in their net. If nobody was roughed up, treated inhumanely, kicked, slapped, punched or abused it was all due to media’s presence.  Media also provided an opportunity to the detainees to explain their side of the story.
4)  Deterrence Value: Dr.Yusuf Merchant told me that there are dozens of rave parties organised in & around Mumbai over the weekends, but the issue is highlighted when police raids one. Since 2007 there have been 5 rave parties in & around Mumbai which were raided by the cops…if we believe Mr.Merchant then the scenario is very alarming & more such raids are required to deter youngsters from drug abuse. The latest trend is that now drug addiction has extended itself from collegians & even school going children are falling in the trap. Dr.Yusuf Merchant can provide more elaborate information on this…then the correct question will be- why is police not raiding more rave parties rather than why police has raided a rave party? Newspapers still have some social responsibility I believe.Every person abusing drugs should fear that he/she will be caught.
5) Voice of rich & powerful. If you look at the personal profiles of most of the youngsters caught in the party, you will find that they belong to affluent families…the families which only subscribe English newspapers & patronise them in several manners ranging from Page 3 parties to sponsorship of events. Hence, when you see an English newspaper targeting police for rave parties the reasons could be understood. This has not happened for the first time. It happened when Fardeen Khan was arrested with Cocaine in 2001 & it happened when rave parties at Pune & Karjat were busted. While criticising cops, one senior journalist who is also a politician & a film maker went to the extent of saying that drugs should be legalised in India. I wish that he should be surprised one weekend by taking him for tests & results might reveal the real reasons behind his stand.

The only point where I find police action as unjustified is the decision to charge all the detainees found consuming alcohol under Prohibition Act. The irrational requirement of a permit to drink is unnecessary & provides scope for corruption.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

10 Traffic Rules Which No Driving School Will Teach You.



1)      When there is a strong urge to jump a less busy red signal & the traffic cop is not seen, it makes sense to wait for few seconds & observe some other oversmart guy to jump the signal. If he is not caught, then you too move on bindass.
2)      When you ride a motorcycle it’s a thrill to hack your way in a zigzag manner from the traffic of 4 wheelers, but when you drive a car, motorcyclists are the biggest headache. You may have to brake suddenly if some biker comes in front & you may listen a sound coming from the rear of your car. You get down to find out that some other vehicle has kissed your car due to sudden braking.
3)      If caught by a traffic cop it is more likely that you will escape penalty or pay less fine if you politely handover your driving licence to him as soon as he stops you. You may invite more trouble if you hurt his ego by arguing with him or not easily handing him the licence.
4)      Drive more cautiously on Sunday during both day & night time even if roads are pleasantly vacant. It is likely that some half asleep person or somebody who is drunk gets knocked down by your car.
5)      Although, talking on mobile phone while driving with car blue tooth devices are illegal in many countries of the world, you are less likely to be caught..and when caught there is an excuse- “Oh Johnny, I was not talking on phone…was singing along a song on radio...which made you assume that I was talking. ”
6)      Heavy vehicles like dumpers & tankers are the biggest killers of 2 wheeler riders in Mumbai & other major cities of India. Stay away from them as much as you can.
7)      Nakabandis by cops mostly takes place on same locations, same timings & on same days/nights of the week.
8)      Even if you drink premium vodka & think that you do not smell alcohol after chewing a mouth freshner…you are still likely to be suspected & tested.
9)       Never fight with a BEST bus driver in fit of a road rage. Even if he is at fault, you are more likely to be jailed rather than he fired from his job.
10)   If the car moving in front of you is irritatingly slow in speed, then there might be some taxi ahead of that car…& the car driver might be enjoying the foreplay of the couple sitting on the rear seats of the taxi.
(Strictly based on observations & not personal experiences.)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Address to the Nation.: 5 Observations on why crime has increased in Mumba...

Address to the Nation.: 5 Observations on why crime has increased in Mumba...: Here are my 5 observations on recent spate of crime in Mumbai. + UNORGANISED CRIME: The decade of 90s was characterised by the organi...

5 Observations on why crime has increased in Mumbai.


Here are my 5 observations on recent spate of crime in Mumbai.

+ UNORGANISED CRIME:The decade of 90s was characterised by the organised underworld gangs headed by Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Rajan, Arun Gawli & so on. Shootouts & gangwars were rampant. Most of the targets of gangs were affluent people like builders, jewellers, film personalities etc. Present days are dominated by unorganised criminals who either operate independently or in small groups. They are involved in crimes like chain & bag snatching, house breaking, robbery, theft etc. Their targets are mostly women & senior citizens.

+ LACK OF DETERRENCE: Criminals aren’t afraid of cops anymore. Stringent measures like “encounters” & application of laws like MCOCA have declined. Most of the officers having reliable networks of informers are jailed, suspended or dismissed from the service on genuine/fake charges of links with the underworld & corruption. Rest dont want to risk their career by going out of the way to control crime.

+ PRIORITY OF POLICE: Police is not seen as chasing criminals today. Their priority seems to be shifted towards raiding hookah joints & beer bars. Moral policing seems to be on top of the agenda.

+ LACK OF CONSISTENCY: Every new police commissioner comes and announces his own policies and programmes and discontinues or stops support to the ones initiated by their predecessors. There were brilliant strategies adopted by previous police commissioners pertaining to women and senior citizens security…but they have not been maintained.

+ INFIGHT WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE: Various wings & branches of Mumbai Police do not share cordial relations & dirty politics dominates the functioning. Police Commissioner unofficially formed its own squad and gave extra ordinary powers to it. This led to squad’s competition with the crime branch.

There are many other factors also like corruption, stress of policemen, poor working and living conditions, but such factors are as old as the concept of police. They do not specifically characterise the present times.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

10 Most dangerous railway platforms of Mumbai.



हर साल मुंबई की लोकल ट्रेनों में सफर करने वाले 3 हजार मुसाफिर बेमौत मारे जाते हैं।मुंबई में बीते हफ्ते लोकल ट्रेन के मुसाफिरों की सिगनल से टकराने से हुई मौतों ने फिर एक बार सवाल खडा किया है कि लोकल ट्रेन में सफर करना कितना सुरक्षित है। स्टार न्यूज ने अपनी पडताल में पाया कि जिन कारणों से मुंबई में मुसाफिर हादसों का शिकार होते हैं उनमें से एक बडा कारण है कई स्टेशनों पर ट्रेन और प्लैटफॉर्म के बीच खतरनाक गैप।

मुंबई में हमने पहचान की है 10 खूनी प्लैटफॉर्म की। ऐसे प्लैटफॉर्म जहां ट्रेनों और प्लेटफॉर्म के बीच है खतरनाक गैप जिनमें लोग अक्सर चढते उतरते गिर पडते हैं। कई घायल होते हैं तो कईयों की जान भी चली जाती है। एक टेप के जरिये हमने जान कि इन प्लैटफॉर्म और ट्रेन के बीच कितना फासला है। आमतौर पर दुनियाभर के तमाम विकसित देश सुरक्षा के लिहाज से ट्रेन और प्लेटफॉर्म के बीच 6 से 8 इंच की दूरी ही रखते हैं। इसके अलावा हर रेल्वे अपने सभी स्टेशनों पर एक जैसी ही दूरी रखता है। हर स्टेशन पर प्लेटफॉर्म और ट्रेन के बीच का गैप अलग अलग नहीं होता, लेकिन एक नजर इस टेबल पर डालिये कि हमने क्या पाया-

Station
Platform Number
Gap
Old/ New rake.
Nahur
1
1ft 3 inches
old
Ghatkopar
2
1 ft
new
Vidya Vihar
2
1 ft 3 inches
new
Kurla
3
1 ft 4 inches
new
Wadala
4
1 ft
old
Dockyard Road
2
1 ft 4 inches
old
Sandhurst Road
2 (Harbour)
1 ft 4 inches
new
Sandhurst Road
1 (Main)
1 ft
old
Bandra
3
1 ft 5 inch
new
Dadar (WR)
2
1 ft 4 inch
new


एक रेल हादसे में अपनी दोनो टांगे खो चुके समीर जवेरी अब आर्टीफीशियल पैरों के जरिये अपनी जिंदगी बिता रहे हैं। जवेरी अब आर.टी.आई के जरिये रेल मुसाफिरों की सुरक्षा के लिये जंग लड रहे हैं। मध्य और पश्चिम रेल्वे से आरटीआई के जरिये उन्होने साल 2010 के जो आंकडे हासिल किये उनके मुताबिक प्लैटफॉर्म और ट्रेन के बीच के गैप में गिरने से 91 लोग घायल हुए, जिनमे से कई ऐसे थे जिन्हें समीर जवेरी की तरह ही हमेशा के लिये अपने हाथ, पैर गंवाने पडे। 8 लोग ऐसे थे जिनकी गैप में फंसकर मौत हो गई।
महिलाओं और बुजुर्गों के लिये तो इन गैप्स से खतरा रहता ही है लेकिन मानसून के वक्त ये और भी ज्यादा खतरनाक हो जाते हैं। प्लैटफॉर्म और ट्रेन के फुटबोर्ड पर फिसलन पैदा जाती है जिनकी वजह से कोई भी गैप में गिर सकता है।
कई देशों में ट्रेन और प्लैटफॉर्म के बीच ज्यादा गैप न होते हुए भी मुसाफिरों को चेतावनी देने वाले बोर्ड लगाये जाते हैं कि वे गैप से सावधान रहें, लेकिन मुंबई के जो 10 खतरनाक प्लैटफॉर्म हमने आपको बताये वहां कहीं भी इस तरह की सूचना मुसाफिरों को नहीं दी गई है। हमारी पडताल से साफ होता है कि मुंबई के रेल स्टेशनों पर प्लेटफॉर्म की ऊंचाई हर जगह अलग अलग है और कई जगहों पर ट्रेन और प्लेटफॉर्म के बीच की खाई जानलेवा है।

रेल प्रशासन ने प्लेटफॉर्म से जुडी शिकायतें मिलने के बाद कुछेक प्लेटफॉर्म को तो दुरूस्त करवाया लेकिन सेंट्रल और वेस्टर्न लाईंस पर अब भी तमाम प्लेटफॉर्म मौजूद हैं जो मुसाफिरों के लिये काल बन सकते हैं।

Monday, 5 March 2012

5 Karmayogis of our times.


Each one of us in our life comes across people, who make an impact on our thoughts & actions. Following are the five persons whom I have observed as the true professionals, workaholics & source of influence & inspirations for the people with whom they have worked & interacted.

E. Sreedharan:
I came to know about the greatness of this man while working on a documentary based on his life. While as a government servant he created benchmarks in railways & even after the retirement his achievements were marvellous. Whether it was the task of establishing Konkan railway on an arduous hilly terrain or to lay the network of Metro Rail as per deadline in urban jungle of Delhi, Sreedharan made value addition to everything. He was full of optimism & energy & negotiated all the hurdles in his projects with ease. Calling him “Metro Man” just underplays his contribution to India’s infrastructure. He was a man who displayed genuine enthusiasm for his work & had high level of integrity which is generally rare among the people who work for the government.


Sudhakar Solomonraj:
He is the head of department of Political Science department in Wilson College, Mumbai but this designation just explains a fragment of works which Sudhakar Solomonraj does. Mumbai’s educational sphere in general & Wilson College in particular are fortunate to have an educationist like him. He is a wildlife enthusiast & supervises the nature club of the college. The unique co-operative education programme which is an interface between academic & professional world has been a success due to his efforts. Students call him “walking talking encyclopaedia” due to his elephantine memory & knowledge on numerous things. He reads a lot & he does this for the betterment of his students. Solomonraj is an unsung hero who doesn’t have any personal life & has dedicated himself to his books & students. He makes value addition to anything he does & goes out of the way to achieve “his” targets.

Milind Khandekar:
He is the managing editor of Star News. With his sincerity, dedication, integrity, leadership qualities, ability to learn quickly & intelligence, he achieved at a very young age what other journalists take years to get. Coming from a humble family from a small city of Indore, Milind Khandekar was the part of original team of S.P.Singh who made history with his style of presenting Hindi news bulletins. He is one of the pioneers of new age news television. Those who have worked under him, consciously or unconsciously follow his philosophy of professionalism. Inspite of severe neurological problems & personal tragedies he has created an image of upright & hardcore media professional which has inspired many. When he was a reporter, he was known for breaking many major stories & today he is one of the trendsetters of Hindi news industry.

Sunil Mehrotra:
Navbharat Times is the only surviving Hindi morninger in the city & Sunil Mehrotra is one of those species of print Hindi journalists in Mumbai which is about to extinct.
With around more than 12 years of experience as a crime reporter, Mehrotra has emerged as the most resourceful, credible & upright member from his fraternity. Inspite of various hostilities within & outside his organisation Mehrotra has managed to maintain his image. Although, being a veteran in his field, his level of enthusiasm has never declined. While many journalists of his batch now have comforted themselves with desk jobs, Mehrotra still spends most of his time roaming on field, meeting his sources & delivering original content. He hates “telephone journalism” which some lazy print reporters have adopted. Crime reporters during the course of their duty undergo several experiences ranging from threats to life, prosecution & offers of bribe or favour, but Mehrotra has never allowed these influences to touch his integrity. He has been a guide for many print & television reporters who have earned their names in their respective professions.

Sanjay Pande:
He was the real life version of police officers you have seen in the movies like “Shool”, “Gangajal” & “Singham”. Sanjay Pande was an upright policeman who always went by the book even if it meant wrath of his seniors or being thrown out to some unimportant posting. During short stint with Mumbai Police, Pande earned a name for his honesty, sticking to his professional ethics & confrontation with corrupt politicians. During his tenure as the DCP, he unearthed the leather scam & brought many rich & powerful in the net of law. For obvious reasons he had to face hostilities from his political & uniformed bosses. He was frequently transferred from one post to another…but this harassment never deterred his spirit. Pande did something at his every posting which made politicians & scamsters uncomfortable. He resigned from the post in late nineties but not before leaving a message that – “Not all men in Khaki work for money. Some work to protect the dignity of the profession also.”