My fight was against the extortion racket of private medical institutions, in particular Deemed Universities in Puducherry. How deep is the rot I had not fathomed at the time. But I had heard that it enjoyed powerful patronage.
They are wasting their time on me. Instead, work with me and see what a miracle Pondicherry could be within months.
He overlooked the framework and guidelines for the use of social media by government organisations issued by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information. It seems he did not know that his own department had issued a similar circular on the use of social media on July 4, 2016. He himself is on Twitter.
I resolved that we may not be able to prevent a cyclone, or heavy rains, but we can all be prepared to mitigate their effects.
This situation about the fear of stray dogs is reportedly not only in Pondicherry but all over the country. It is because we have let stray dogs roam the streets, even when ferocious and a threat to human safety.
I wanted the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry to be known to be easily accessible, a communicator, citizen-friendly, consultative, collaborative, a solutions provider, secure, well-informed and even recognisable.
If we want to make Puducherry clean then it has to be we, not me alone.
Our first endeavour was to bring together all Heads of Departments on one platform to start communicating with each other on an real-time basis and keep up the conversation. Chat with each other. Be friends without even formal dinners.
Now we know, friends, why all the impressive schemes and ideas are not bearing fruit at the ground level. And all the huge financial investments are not yielding proportionate results and reaching the sections of society for whom these are meant for. It is arm chair bureaucracy.
Prosperous Puducherry cannot be prosperous until is it safe, secure and Swachh.
Sitting in the car, with blaring sirens, even though I saw people greeting me, I felt suffocated and isolated. As same cheering people were pushed and held back, I felt distant. I felt apologetic and ashamed when I drove past several waiting for me to pass.
I think it's time to restrict the deployment of Mounted Police where it can serve us as best such as ceremonials, patrolling the streets, small lanes, rural areas, and, of course, for visibility and confidence-building.
So what if Monika was abused? We cops are trained to deal with it. Earlier it was to our face. Now it's on the wire!
Listening to Smriti Irani responding to the Hyderabad and JNU student incidents on the floor of the House was mesmerising. It will remain historical for all times as one of the finest defence-attack speeches in parliament. It left "All the Men" and a "Few Women" speechless.
Policing the world's largest democracy of over a billion people with myriad castes, creed, colour, language, age, gender, beliefs, status, needs, history is like striving to win a "Mahabharata" almost daily.