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From Ashok Khemka to Shrestha Thakur – the storyline is identical
"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic." – Winston S Churchill, Blood, Sweat and Tears

Democracy is a success of individual courage and intelligence over cowardice of many and brutality of few that constitutes a dictatorship. Democracy fabricates and respects the systems that recognise the honor and dignity of individual as well the collective aspirations of citizens. Dictatorship crushes underfoot all that goes with liberty of thought and expression. Dictatorship is heartless and defies logic.

Everyone knows that democracy involves people participation and for that, we have four pillars of democracy – the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and media. The legislature basically is responsible for making laws that will govern a state while the executive is responsible for implementing the laws formed by the legislature, and issue orders for their proper implementation. Judiciary is also a very important pillar of democracy as it keeps a check on laws (given by legislature) and orders (issued by the executive) and ensures that these laws and orders do not curtail the fundamental rights of citizens of a country and the media ensures the transparency in the working of all the above three pillars. A perfect equilibrium among all these arms of state is desirable for the success of a democracy. However, no state is an ideal state. We come across their subtle nuances as they function.

It is interesting that the most powerful entity that makes the laws of the state is populated by those who need their repost after every five years. They are on the most insecure and slippery ground. Things go smooth when their career follows the principles and ethics or morality. To ensure their return they have to use all the tools available in the kit of republic. To enhance their hold, they often use the weapons of vendetta and try to punish anyone that comes in their march of power. They manipulate the situation to their advantage either by hook or by crook. That is the reality of any power formation and equation.

The frequent transfer of recalcitrant government officers who refuse to bow to the wishes of politicians are taken care of in several clandestine ways. And transfer is just one of the unique phenomenon prevalent in any pyramid of government. All parties in India have tried to tame the officers who had been indifferent or unsympathetic to the interest of party or individual. A glaring example has been Mr Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer of 1991 batch of Haryana cadre who faced 45 transfers in his 23-year career till April 2015.

The list is exhaustive and interminable. It begins quite early and the latest victim is the woman police officer of Syana circle in Bulandshahar district Shrestha Thakur who dared to challenge the local BJP leaders and sent five of them to jail for creating obstacles in discharging government duties. She was transferred to Bahraich on Saturday. She was transferred a week after the incident following a meeting of a delegation of the party's 11 MLAs and MPs with the chief minister over the issue. The local leaders had linked it with their pride and pressed the high command to initiate action against Thakur. According to Mukesh Bhardwaj, the party city president, the transfer of Shrestha Thakur was essential to keeping intact the pride of party workers and leaders.

Muniraj G, the SSP of Bulandshahr informed the press that the transfer of Thakur along with four other deputy SP rank police officers in Bulandshahr, was part of the state-wide transfer of 44 Deputy SPs, 88 Inspectors and 359 Sub Inspectors. Besides, the State DGP on Saturday also transferred 1135 constables and head constables, as part of the rejig.

The first impression that an untimely transfer creates to the public is superiority and power of politician and weak footing of executive in routine functioning. The officer's authority is diminished for future employment and the family life turns upside down. It is easy to make out the difference between a routine transfer and an act of vengeance. Public is smart enough to detect that transfers are often made by politicians when the bureaucrats don't comply with their wishes. In many countries like Australia and US there is no concept of 'routine' transfer unless the officers seek it.

We know that the Indian government employees of all ranks are appointed for the life till they retire from service after reaching the age of 60 years of age. It is next to impossible to remove the government officials due to the complicated procedures of removal and the Constitutional protection given to them. So, the easy option to remove the thorn is "TRANSFER". The message goes for the executive wing loud and clear and without the cacophony of condemnation.

Granted that executive has failed many times and they are equally responsible for the rot that prevails in the country today. Most of them are not performing up to the mark and there is no easy way to put them straight. These parasites can't be easily removed on the ground of incompetence and inefficiency as it is a very complicated and time consuming procedure. There are some provisions is the law and following them a government officer can be dismissed on the grounds of crime and corruption, but it's a tardy errand. Hence, many government officers work only when there is some illegal gratification in sight and they end up when their tenure completes.

However, the officers with honesty and integrity are being suffocated in the miasma that surrounds the system. Today transfer is used to punish the upright officer who refuses to bow low.

After a video of Shrestha Thakur went viral last week, there was much applause for her bravado and sense of duty. Her transfer comes as a bolt from the blue.

The brave cop Thakur wrote on her Facebook account on July 2 that she was happy about the transfer and sees it "as a reward for my good work". Giving the post a poetic turn, she wrote, "Jahaan bhi jayega, roshni lutaega. Kisi chirag ka apna makaan nai hota (Wherever it is kept, it will spread its light; a lamp does not have a home of its own). Got transfer to bhraich, it's nepal border, don't worry my friends I am happy..I accept it as a reward for my good work. .u all are invited to Bahraich."

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