DTU Times interviewed Amit Lodha, IPS, IG BSF and author, who was at DTU for Yuvaan Literature and Film Festival (YLFF'19).
You’re a blogger on Times of India and play tennis and squash. How do you find time out of your busy police schedule to maintain such a diverse lifestyle?
I read somewhere, A busy man has time for everything. When I wake up in the morning, I write down all the things that I have to do, both professional and personal, in my diary. When you plan out everything, things fall in place. It always happens that when you desire something properly, it happens. Value your time and other people’s time. Learn to prioritise. My staff also is supportive, they also work as per my schedule.
There has been a decrease in crime rate in India. What is your say on this?
It depends on the type of crime. In the 90s, snatching money and jewellery was considered a severe crime, but today cyber crime has taken its place. It doesn’t affect you directly, but then it's costing crores of rupees. The police has to keep pace with the latest developments. There's a lot of pressure on police, but the fact remains that crime will never stop until humans are alive. The police has to take this as a challenge and prevent them as much as possible.
How do you think the police is keeping up with cyber crimes? How can the engineering students, with all their technological know-how, help the police in solving such things?
The police personnel are not always technologically inclined, but we know that you people are. They aren't well versed with Whatsapp, Skype, etc. So we'll seek your help to understand these things and apply them for the benefit of all. As an IPS Officer, my job is to make people work. I'll ensure that this happens and I'll make use of all the available resources, it's common sense! Some people are good working on the field, some are good with technology, I'll have to ensure that my team has proper balance of all the people.
After your book, a movie is also being made on your life. Movies often tend to drift away from reality and drive the story to a happy ending. How do you think your movie is going to turn out?
Yes, movies usually deviate from reality. But the movie world is a make-believe world, I have no complaints against it. Some movies have shown police in very bad light, but many have portrayed police in good light also. Things are changing gradually. In recent movies like Singham and Simba, the cop is shown as the hero. I'm hopeful that my movie will turn out good. I've kept the story in my book as real as possible, far away from dramatisation.
What's your message to the youth, since there has been a drastic increase in the number of youth criminals?
There is no shortcut to success. The harder your work, the more you succeed. Enjoy the whole process. Follow your own dreams, and not someone else's. Think about what makes you happy. Most crimes are committed when people go after societal norms of happiness. People go after things which you do not desire, but just because of approval from society. I also enjoy good things in life, but I don't go crazy after them.