Need not go far to search for him! He is Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar!
-‘No one knows what you have been through or what your pretty little eyes have seen, but I can reassure you, whatever you have conquered, it shines through your mind. Let the world feel whatever it wants to. In every move it is the man standing that counts’!
-‘IG Vijay Kumar if I have analyzed him by his attitude and demeanor has an uncanny habit of spilling out pearls of eternity, in fact he was doing so very recently in Sonamarg. But it’s his attitude that impresses any onlooker the most, he invariably says to the people, let no one ever intimidate you, you are standing on no one’s ground. But again, some have claimed Kashmir as their own, bull shit! It belongs to the Kashmiris who by all means are Indians. Get that confidence back, seek it as much as possible. There is no shame in that. In fact it’s a necessity. Either you have confidence to move on or you are trampled to death in the stampede for the race to the next junction. For the last thirty plus years Kashmir has been seeing all possible recklessness and it has to end. The best way out is that the people rise in unison and end the menace, it’s the first step confidentially taken that matters, trust me the rest of the journey becomes goddamn easy’! History of the world is a testimony to that!
-‘Kashmir is a land of free birds where the kids off the blocks have risen to unprecedented heights and have created a space amongst the stars for themselves. It’s the duty of every man, woman and child to free himself from the chains of the invisible fear, splatter apart the shackles in their psyches and never accept to live an underdog’s life in god’s world. That is what the officer’s and men of Kashmir Police have been telling the people as they continue to move on to roll down the terror commanders one after the other so that the fear factor gets locked inside a bolted door. It is here where Vijay Kumar is excelling since by now it’s fairly clear that the man says what he means and means what he says’! That indeed is his specialty!
-‘Almost every day the man is heard giving out some splendid one liners and the crux of all of them is very simple, Kashmiri folks have to get on the eagle’s wings and rise. There is no other option other than this in the ever changing world. Kashmiri kids have great antecedents since wisdom has been part of the Kashmiri tradition and culture. And wisdom defines the limits of one’s knowledge and responsibility pushes one beyond those limits. But some irresponsible individuals are ruining this strong age old strand and they have to be stopped from doing so. Kashmir Police is doing exactly that with Vijay Kumar the Inspector General leading from the front’
-‘He has set great standards for himself and the basic reason is his forthrightness. He was brought to J&K from Chhattisgarh where he was IG, CRPF in the Chhattisgarh sector. And we all know how difficult it is there. Vijay Kumar played a crucial role during many state elections in 2018 for which he was awarded the Election Commission Award by the President. He has received three gallantry medals from the Central government for his role in anti-terror operations and has also received a gallantry award from the J&K government. It looks like he does not distinguish between superior and inferior work. What matters to him is not where he works but how he works and this definitely leaves a definitive imprint on the minds of the officers and the men. Another thing which I could make out was that he believes in doing his duty faithfully, sincerely and honestly and expects the officers and men also to be on the same grid. This is the serious part of it but he must be adding on that when you find a little time to be with yourself – to dream your dreams! But this man has only one, peace, calm, safety and security in the valley’!
I will start this story of this fine officer of Jammu and Kashmir Police with a small anecdote about a military officer who was part of the directing staff (in shorter format known as DS) in Indian Military Academy Dehradun. Every time he started the class he always began with a light moment and invariably his period in the third term was after the double header both of PT and drill on the same day which is on the weekly schedule for a couple or may be three days or perhaps for the whole week. So after a hefty breakfast the gentlemen cadets do tend to doze off, so it was to keep everyone awake he always started with what we can say humor in uniform. That day he caught me desperately trying to keep awake but the head failed to keep the balance as it swayed everywhere, without me knowing it. My platoon mate sitting next to me was giving me shoulder jerks but they were of no avail. He walked up to me, tapped my shoulder and said, ‘I appreciate the fact that you are trying your best to keep awake but that is not enough, I suggest you get up, run to the company quadrangle and come back in precisely three minutes. That indeed was a shock because in no way I could have run the distance and come back 180 seconds. He then smiled and said, ‘do not fear failure, I know you will not be able to make it but rather fear not trying. How is that?’ I stood perplexed, he smiled again and remarked, ‘get back to the class and remember what I told you’! I never ever slept in the lectures thereafter! It was not that he delivered to me a moral tit bit but it was the way he delivered a message for the lifetime in the typical signature style of a great leader. He indeed did become one! Similarly this man Vijay Kumar has his own signature style when he says, ‘duty means doing something not because you like it but because you’re supposed to do it for the nation’! In fact each one of us has a duty towards the nation and the people!
I The man IG Vijay Kumar:
Vijay Kumar Indian Police Services officer is 1997 batch seniority
A post graduate from JNU, Kumar has served in J&K Police in various capacities in the past. He is the first appointed IG of the newly created Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
From his first posting as SDPO Ganderbal to the new police head of the valley, Vijay Kumar has served at many important positions in Kashmir valley including SP Operation Pulwama, SP Awantipora, SP Kulgam, SP Vigilance, DIG Traffic Kashmir, DIG South Kashmir range and IGP Armed Kashmir.
Most of his tenures have been in South Kashmir and that is the reason as to why he knows the area as the back of his hand, every contour and every detail.
Vijay Kumar’s appointment as Kashmir Police Chief is not his first posting as chief in the insurgency-hit area as he has earlier served as Inspector General of Police Commando Battalion for Resolute Action, (CoBRA), a specialized force which has been raised for jungle combat. CoBRA are selected from amongst CRPF personnel and are deployed in all Insurgency affected areas of the states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya.
He was also DIG CRPF New Delhi Range during his central deputation. Kumar was also awarded by ECI (Election Commission of India) with a National Award for his role as chief force coordinator of CAPFs in providing a safe environment for conducting assembly elections in nine states in the year 2018.
He is the recipient of four Gallantry Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, National Award by the ECI and various other Commendation medals by the COAS, GoC-in-C (Northern Command), DG CRPF & DGP J&K. Trust me more would be heading his way as he moves on non-stop!
That indeed is an impressive service profile and what can be made out is that it is his spirit that matters and that is the reason as to why he never takes a step wrong. Quick crisp words, immaculate decision making and prompt action are the hallmarks of his methodical and well tuned up functioning!
II. The love for Jammu and Kashmir Police:
He speaks because he thinks that the struggles we endure today will be the good old days we laugh about tomorrow. It’s our time now and hence we have to make the best use of it and thus always says, ‘I don’t think you should wait. I think you should speak now.’!
Jammu and Kashmir Police is closest to his heart and it could be made out from his words when he said that it was a moment of pride for Jammu and Kashmir police to find the Nation recognizing the service of outstanding merit beyond normal demands of duty. He said that we have pledged to never fail in maintaining the standards set by the brave hearts who have laid their lives in the service of the nation. He added that Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shauriya Chakra for Martyrs ASI Babu Ram, Constable Altaf and SPO Shahbaz respectively was a moment of pride for Jammu and Kashmir police. A leader will always be the first to walk with his chest swollen to talk about his men who put their lives at stake without caring for the consequences. Only the fearless and die-hards can do it! Obviously what he wanted to put across was an emotional theme that energizes everyone, ‘the officers and men in Kashmir Police have been put on this earth to achieve their greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.’ Needless to mention they are doing it!
The officer loves his men. In the end of June this year terrorists barged into the house of a SPO and killed him, his wife and injured his wife. Vijay Kumar was furious but had to control his emotions and passed on a subtle crisp message, ‘the terrorists will be identified and neutralized.’ They were disposed of within days. It is said that there is a strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow. This is what Vijay Kumar always tells his men and that is the reason Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kashmir has done wonders and have been supremely effective on the terror front!
Another area of focus on which the Police is laying stress upon is drugs and the big fight against this menace is on since youth definitely are the primary concern because they are the ones who have to lead Kashmir from the front. Moreover, narcotics terror unleashed by the enemy is just to make the youth in the valley defunct. The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. That is what Kashmir Police is trying to do with the awareness blitz. To an extent it has been successful as parents and senior citizens in various localities have joined this fight. One thing from the utterances of IG Kashmir on the drug abuse over a period of time clearly suggest that he wants to pull out thousands of young men who live this way from the dungeons of self destruction, and he knows their hearts are breaking just like his. But they have to be stopped from swimming around in the mess where death is definite reality!
Vijay Kumar was on record saying that he didn’t take leave for even a single day in the last twenty months. That was the precise reason I said before in the script that whatever time this man gets for himself, he just closes his eyes and gets into his world of dreams and all revolve around the duty he has been assigned. He was participating in the National Meet on Safety Culture and Energy at Sonmarg in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal District. He talked about the rules of engagement as far as safety is concerned and compared the real life actors with the reel actors. He categorically said that real life actors like the men in Jammu and Police know what has to be done in the situation emerging and changing every moment whereas the reel ones enact and dramatize a particular situation in which they have to act while promoting brand safety!
The officers and men from the Jammu and Kashmir Police tell you sumptuously about the safety precautions to be followed because they are in the midst of a volatile conundrum where accidents can happen at any given time and they can be fatal. And they happened dime a dozen and people have lost their lives.
He was talking about the wearing of helmets which is a dire necessity in the ugly traffic melee on the maddening roads. He emphatically mentioned that the cops are there on the roads to regulate the ever increasing traffic flow but the accidents do occur and hence dangerous life threatening incidents are all part of life but still precautions ought to be taken by the people.
Small mistakes can become lethal blunders. When the standing orders of procedures have been laid down then they have to be followed and there is no reason as to why the people should be careless about them. The bottom line was to follow the rules and regulations laid down and not to invite unwanted painful troubles to be around you.
Careless attitude like, ‘we will see what happens if it happens type’ is not behaving like a responsible citizen because your safety is in your hands and no one else’s because if you are hit the people will simply say, ‘he was a mad hatter, knowingly he got smashed when he could have avoided the same’!
This was what was talking about in the high profile meet that was going on in the exquisite and mind boggling extravagant landscape of Sonamarg!
This is all I wanted to tell about this man, IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar. In fact these were just a few incidents I quoted, there are many in which he stood out and there would be many more in the future too. Successful people have no fear of failure. But unsuccessful people do. Successful people have the resilience to face up to failure, learn the lessons and adapt from it is what he keeps telling the young and the brave and that is what he has learnt in his illustrious career. To learn something new, you need to try new things and not be afraid to be wrong because the latter is all part of strides to success in high risk environment in the valley slowly mellowing down due the impressive part played by Jammu and Kashmir Police, ‘The Invincibles’! Courage to Vijay is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotions you might feel. Courage is taking action….no matter what. This is what he keeps telling his officers and the men since this is what has to be told!