Come to think of it, I could have changed forever certain English idioms and phrases. Everyone says I had been “kicked upstairs” but the fact is I have been kicked downstairs. There is a lot of difference between the two.
My new job gives me a lot more time for such introspection, so I am keeping my secret diary up-to-date. From Mumbai police commissioner, I am now director of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation and busy with a study on how pins and paper clips could be a hazard to security. This did not need a huge cabin, lots of furniture and accessories like constables at my beck and call, the entire PR department of the police force and so on. My job is so hush-hush that I have to manage with two chairs and a staff of two, one full-time, one part-time. It is so hush-hush that first and foremost I have to find out what exactly I am supposed to do as director of the State Security Corporation when there are so many agencies already dealing with state security. Hence the current obsession with pins and paper clips.
Of course, I am also collecting material for my memoirs. Someone wrote that my kind of policing was all brawn, no brain. Listen, with the kind of boss I had (home minister R.R. Patil), where would brains come into play? Still, I was happy the state government was shown in a good light. My transfer and promotion file was cleared in just two days, that must be some kind of a record.
And yet, I am sorry that morale was down in the police force during my tenure. Yes, no police constable came up to me on a public platform and presented me with a rose as he did with Raj Thackeray. This must have boosted the morale of the force and as if this was not enough, our beloved Thackeray cousin visited police HQ and dropped in for a chat with my successor, Satyapal Singh. I never knew Rajbhai cared so much for the Mumbai police and hope he visits the police commissioner’s office more often. Such visits would do wonders to police morale. I am sure in the days to come, Uddhavbhai will do the same and if the Thackeray cousins take charge and run the Mumbai police force from the control room, there will be no complaints of “remote control”. Direct control could be better though I don’t know where that would leave R.R. Patil saab.
While on the question of brawn and brain, I must say no policeman wants to deal with communal riots. But leaders of some political parties (everyone knows who they are) wanted them. They could call in “their boys” and wreak havoc in the city. At the Azad Maidan, I did not allow this to happen and that was not liked by many people, including Shobha De who discovered a new hero in Raj. No prizes for guessing who’ll be minister for culture, fashion and ishtyle if the mns comes to power in the state and forms a ministry under Raj Thackeray.
The Mumbai-based satirist is the creator of ‘Trishanku’; E-mail your secret diarist: vgangadhar70 AT gmail.com
Esteemed Mr.Arup Patnaik ji ,the Director,MSSC. Mumbai
Please don`t get disheartend .Such things happen only in India. Sincere,dutiful and prudent officers,particularly in police force ,do have to face humiliation. Anyway whatever happens that happens for something good.( to be known lateron ) You got promotion and now you are quite free , no hassel wessel absolutely tensionfree and most importantly you will be finding ample quality time to be able to enjoy with your family members,which they have been deprieving of so far . And of course , as you have mentioned that you will be writting your secret diary too.
Wishing you best,
We at Outlookindia.com welcome feedback and your comments, including scathing criticism
1. Scathing, passionate, even angry critiques are welcome, but please do not indulge in abuse and invective. Our Primary concern is to keep the debate civil. We urge our users to try and express their disagreements without being disagreeable. Personal attacks are not welcome. No ad hominem please.
2. Please do not post the same message again and again in the same or different threads
3. Please keep your responses confined to the subject matter of the article you are responding to. Please note that our comments section is not a general free-for-all but for feedback to articles/blogs posted on the site
4. Our endeavour is to keep these forums unmoderated and unexpurgated. But if any of the above three conditions are violated, we reserve the right to delete any comment that we deem objectionable and also to withdraw posting privileges from the abuser. Please also note that hate-speech is punishable by law and in extreme circumstances, we may be forced to take legal action by tracing the IP addresses of the poster.
5. If someone is being abusive or personal, or generally being a troll or a flame-baiter, please do not descend to their level. The best response to such posters is to ignore them and send us a message at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT
6. Please do not copy and paste copyrighted material. If you do think that an article elsewhere has relevance to the point you wish to make, please only quote what is considered fair-use and provide a link to the article under question.
7. There is no particular outlookindia.com line on any subject. The views expressed in our opinion section are those of the author concerned and not that of all of outlookindia.com or all its authors.
8. Please also note that you are solely responsible for the comments posted by you on the site. The comments could be deleted or edited entirely at our discretion if we find them objectionable. However, the mere fact of their existence on our site does not mean that we necessarily approve of their contents. In short, the onus of responsibility for the comments remains solely with the authors thereof. Outlookindia.com or any of its group publications, may, however, retains the right to publish any of these comments, with or without editing, in any medium whatsoever. It is therefore in your own interest to be careful before posting.
9.Outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for how any search engine -- such as Google, Bing etc -- caches or displays these comments. Please note that you are solely responsible for posting these comments and it is a privilege being granted to our registered users which can be withdrawn in case of abuse. To reiterate:
a. Comments once posted can only be deleted at the discretion of outlookindia.com
b. The comments reflect the views of the authors and not of outlookindia.com
c. outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for the way search engines cache or display these comments
d. Please therefore take due caution before you post any comments as your words could potentially be used against you
10. We have an online thread for our comments policy:
You are welcome to post your suggestions here or in case you have a specific issue, to directly email us at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT