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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021
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The Tea Totallers

Now as in the past, there surely are honest officials. At least some.

The Tea Totallers
Illustration by Sorit
The Tea Totallers
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Generalisations are easy to make, easy to sell and usually have no basis. Indians are no different from others in propping up the odd generalisation or two. Here’s one directed at my kind: “Tamilians are too moralistic. They’ll neither enjoy the good things themselves nor let others.” Be that as it may, the average Indian believes too readily in generalisations. So I thought I might do well to puncture some about the much-maligned Indian civil servant and the police officer.

Few will concede to even the possibility that a civil servant might be honest. And the police officer is hanged before he’s heard. But let me argue with a counter example. E.N. Rammohan, a former chief of the BSF, was recently summoned from retirement to inquire into the massacre of security personnel and civilians by the Maoists in Dantewada. A no-nonsense officer, he went about his work clinically and submitted his findings quickly. He sought no extension of his commission of inquiry. Knowing him, I can say he would not have pulled any...

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