book is an unusual, bold and frank
autobiography of A.P. Durai, a seasoned
officer of the Indian Police Service, well known for his integrity, professionalism and
courage to stand up to the consequent
challenges and persecution. His independent and value - oriented
approach to his work brought, in its wake, opposition from within the
department and, inevitably, the politicians. How he mastered these challenges
with faith and courage, and utilized them as opportunities to develop himself
into an effective, creative and innovative police leader is the theme of the
book. Midway through his career, he discovered that bringing about ‘law and
order’ within oneself was a prerequisite for one’s role as a police officer.
His pursuit of this inner search and training under a Spiritual Master had a
significant impact on his professional values and performance.
with tales of his struggles with politicians and jealous colleagues, and of
frequent transfers and humiliations, this autobiography announces the triumph
of the human spirit imbued with the ideals of public service and
professionalism. The book, therefore, would be a source of inspiration to all
public servants involved in the governance of the country. One cannot but miss
the note of caution to scheming politicians, ambitious police officers and
bureaucrats that the pay back awaits them in the shape of Karmic consequences.
Durai raced through the positions he held in Karnataka police, in Indian Oil
Corporation, as Director of the SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad, and as
Director General of Police of Karnataka and finally, as Director General,
Railway Protection Force, New Delhi, he left behind him many reforms and a new
spirit of optimism and public service in the forces that he commanded.
Durai’s strong commitment to values in public life, and his willingness to
cheerfully pay the price for them, send out the ringing message that the honest
man has nothing to lose, but everything to gain.