Mark of good society is less police presence

Published on April 25, 2015 09:57:57 AM
C N Gopi Natha Reddy Inspector General of Prisons (Retd), Andhra Pradesh : The social fabric of our society has been torn to pieces. The only solution to this situation is a revival of the education system. Without that, our society can never become swachh. For our country or society to become swachh, we need to develop a swachh mind and a swachh tongue. That is how it used to be, earlier. Swachhta of mind, tongue and environment was always given high priority in Indian society. We had built a wonderful society based on moral principles and good ethics, but owing to several factors, we have forgotten all our old lessons.

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.:
- Joseph Campbell

Today, people want a police station everywhere. They demand that policing be increased to tackle the growing crime rate. But that is not how it works. The mark of a good society is less police presence. Only a deteriorating society needs heavy policing. To handle growing crime, should we have a police station beside every house? The police force was established to tackle the few odd bad elements of society, which was estimated to be 3 to 5 per cent of the population. Now, if we have more bad elements in society, how will more police presence help? That is not the solution.

Now, youngsters are even willing to pay for academic degrees without studying. What will they contribute to society? Things need to be changed from the grass-root level. Corrupt leaders inspire gullible youth who later become corrupt leaders and so the vicious cycle continues. The government has the responsibility of recognising those who make efforts to improve society and empower them with long-term goals. Small campaigns will not work to revamp a big society. Sustained long-term efforts are the need of the hour.