Raj Tilak Roushan (35), who’s currently the Superintendent of Police (SP) in Osmanabad, is an IPS officer of the 2013 batch of Maharashtra cadre. The young IPS officer, who hails from Bihar, received B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from IIT Kharagpur before he qualified for the prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS). Roushan, who was earlier the DCP (Traffic) in Nagpur, is well known for his wise, humane and citizen-centric approach towards policing. During his career as an IPS officer, Roushan received several awards including the Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation, the FICCI award for smart policing and the IIT Kharagpur Young Alumni Achievers Award.
In an exclusive interview, Raj Tilak Roushan speaks to Nation Next as he starts his new career as an author of his recently released fictional book The Good, The Bad and The Unknown, which portrays deep, dark and captivating crime stories from India. The book has being published by Bloomsbury who have published such international bestsellers like JK Rowling (Harry Potter), William Dalrymple, Khaled Hosseini etc.
Your book The Good, The Bad and The Unknown? is getting rave reviews from readers. It has already made to the list of top 50 books on e-commerce websites. How do you feel?
It took me more than four years to write and publish the book. So, I feel really satisfied as have I put in a lot of hard work into the book. I had to manage my hectic schedule as a police officer and also find time to write this book. Also, I wrote the book with my heart and mind into it hoping the readers enjoy it and find it gripping.
While policing is a very tough and demanding job, writing is a creative one. How did you manage to strike a balance between the two?
Policing is something, which I really enjoy. If you ask me what would I do if I had a choice to do something else, I would still say policing. Policing is a stressful job and your hobbies can keep your mind alert and can keep you at peace. I think writing is a creative outlet for me. Writing helps me to be stress free and writing this book was refreshing for me.
Tell us something about the book
The Good, The Bad and The Unknown? comprises 18 short suspense stories, which are inter-connected in various ways, and which will grip you right until the last word. All the stories have a police officer as a protagonist. The basic theme of the book is crime, society and how a persons behaviour can vary if someone is forced into extreme circumstances. It’s often said that literature is the mirror to society. I think my book is quite close to that.
How much research did you put into for writing this book
Apart from my imagination, there’s a lot of research that went in for writing the book, as I did not want any loose threads. However, I have left subtle hints for the readers. These hints allow the readers to see the same story from different perspectives. So, every reader may decipher the story in a different manner. That is something, which makes this book unique and interesting.
Apart from writing this book, you have been writing Hindi poems for a long time. How did the writing bug bit you?
I have been writing since my school days but I think I am still an amateur poet. Over the years, my poems been published in various magazines. But with this book, it’s the first time that I decided to do things systematically and get it published.
You received your B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from IIT Kharagpur. You started preparing for the IPS while you were working after finishing your education. What prompted you to leave your job and pursue IPS?
The scope of bringing in changes and changing people’s lives is huge when you’re an IPS officer. An IPS officer can do a lot for the societys benefit and can also see the changes happening. When a citizen tells me that he/she was benefitted because of the changes I made, it gives me an inner sense of satisfaction. That feeling of satisfaction is what made me pursue IPS. I always wanted to serve people and bring positive changes.
You have received several awards for your work as an IPS officer. Whats your idea of policing?
My engineering bent of mind definitely comes in handy when it comes to policing. I believe that there is always some method in madness, which helps us to think systematically. In spite of all the chaos, I believe things can always be planned in such a way that they can be done most efficiently with best use of manpower and technology. Even without technology, a process can be designed, which can help in getting the desired results in the best manner. I always think that whatever I am doing should benefit the people who are supposed to be benefitted.
You have a very citizen-centric approach towards policing. How important do you think it is that a cordial relationship exists between the police and citizens
It’s very important because ultimately we are serving the people. A law-abiding citizen is a police officer who’s not in uniform. If we have proper communication with the citizens, we can know the good and bad of the society, which is the major percentage and the bad part, which is a small percentage, which we need to control and take action against. So, if we have a good interaction with the good part of society, we can easily control the bad part of society.
During your career, you have solved some really tricky cases. One of the case, was dramatised for an episode of the crime show Crime Patrol. Do you think, in the future, you might write a book with real stories you have experienced firsthand
Yes, I might do it if the due process permits. I have concept of my next book in my mind. I will start working towards it as soon as I get some time. I think the feedback I get for The Good, The Bad and The Unknown? will definitely encourage me to write my next book in more enthusiastic manner.
Rushikesh Lohit reigns as numero uno in Rapid Championship; Shaunak Badole tops Nagpur Blitz Championship
Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship held at Vivekanand Hall, Shraddha House, Kingsway, Near Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.
The championship was organised by Chess Association Nagpur in association with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation. Muktanand Pendsey finished second in the both Rapid and Blitz Championship. Rushikesh Lohit and Muktanand Pendsey will represent Nagpur in the Rapid Championship and Shaunak and Muktanand will represent Nagpur District in the Maharashtra State Blitz Championship.
Mangesh Kashikar, Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association and Vice President of Maharashtra Badminton Association was the Chief Guest who distributed the prizes. Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, CAN and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation, SS.Soman, Working President, CAN and Amrish Joshi, Chief Arbiter were present on the occasion.
The Top two finishers of Rapid and Blitz Championship were awarded Trophies whereas the players finishing from 3rd to 10th place were awarded Medals in both the championship. In addition to the main prizes, age group prizes were also distributed to top two finishers in each group.
The championship was conducted by Chief Arbiter Amrish Joshi assisted by SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Amabde and Prathamesh Machave.
Wine connoisseurs come together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur
Wine connoisseurs came together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur, which took place on December 3 and 4. This was the ninth edition. It was hosted by Nagpur Wine Club, and was held at Bhagwati Lawn. The festival was open to all, where people enjoyed wine tasting and lip-smacking food by The Breakfast Story, Nagpur. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the event.
‘Maharashtra government responsive towards issues of traders,’ assures Eknath Shinde
At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) welcomed Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde with a floral bouquet in prominent presence of Krupal Tumane MP, Ramtek and submitted memorandums highlighting harassment of traders by Local Body Tax department across the state under the garb of LBT Assessment. He also appraised about the issue of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) and he further brought to the notice of CM about the exorbitant hike in rent by Corporations & their coercive action on traders.
Dr Agrawal on behalf of traders of Maharashtra expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde about Local Body Tax being abolished (LBT with effect from August 2015. Though LBT was abolished in 2015 but the ghost of LBT is haunting traders now and then, department in routine are passing ex-party (best judgement) orders raising inflated and fictitious tax demands and using them to justify continuance of LBT Department. Records from LBT Appellate Authority will evidence the correctness of this statement. He also informed that LBT Department in various Corporation indulged in issuing back dated assessment orders for previous financial years. He appealed to CM that the issue requires his urgent attention, intervention and directions for closure of LBT Department in all Municipal Corporations with immediate effect to ensure ease of doing business in the state and save traders from unnecessary harassment.
Eknath Shinde acknowledged that he is aware of the issue. He assured to discuss the issue in cabinet and ensure that the issue is addressed on priority basis.
Dr Dipen Agrawal informed CM, that since last few years Municipal Corporations across the state stopped renewing lease/license of property leased/licensed by them. In 2019 the state government came up with Maharashtra Municipal Corporations (Renewal of Lease or Transfer of Immovable Property) Rules, 2019. These Rules were strongly opposed by trade associations. However, after its implementation the litigation between the lessee/tenants and Corporations went to court added Dr Agrawal.
After great persuasion by the then LOP, you as minister for UDD agreed to the demand to put the notification dated 13/09/2019 in abeyance and review the exorbitant annual rent at 8% property value and fix the annual rent acceptable to all stakeholders.
After the issue was raised on the floor of the house, the State government stayed the operation of notification dated 13/09/2019 and constituted a committee of government officers to review and fix fresh rent. When we approached few members of the committee to submit our suggestions’ we learnt that the committee is of opinion that the notification in question does not apply to the Licensee holder.
Hence, in the background of above facts and circumstances Agrawal requested CM, to intervene and have the pending notification issued and fix the rent at 0.5% of Ready Reckoner value for residential & 1% for commercial lease holder Galedharaks . He further requested to notify similar rules and frame a single policy for the Licensee Galedharaks across the state and in cases where shop/otta is licensed by Corporation the annual rent be fixed at the rate of 2% of value as per ready reckoner and as the lease/license fee will be calculated on ready reckoner the clause of periodic increase dose not survive also the lease / license should be transferable and transfer fee to be charged equal to one month rent/fee for transfer within blood relation and equal to three months’ rent/fee for transfer outside blood relation and the agreed new lease rent/license fee to be made applicable prospectively and not retrospectively.
Eknath Shinde said that the issue is under active consideration and assured to look into the matter and discuss with Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Dr. Dipen Agrawal further informed Eknath Shinde that the first notification declared 5 Km area touching outer limits of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Nagpur Metro Region issued in 1995 which was thereafter increased time to time to present limit of 25 Km from boundary of NMC. In 2010 Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) was entrusted with responsibility of Special Planning Authority for Nagpur Metro Region the limits. In 2012 NIT passed resolution for preparing development plan for Metro Region and published Draft Development Plan (2012-2032) calling objection and suggestions, in the year 2015. In 2017 Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) was established. In 2018 Final Development Plan (2012-2032) for Nagpur Metro Region was sanctioned and notified. NMRDA action is based on following three main reasons:-
1) Side margins are not as per 2012-2032 DCR; Dr. Agrawal highlighted that majority of units i.e., 59% were established before the 2012-NIT resolution and 85% were established before the first publication of 2015-Draft Development Plan (2012-2032), and pointed out that it is unjust on part of NMRDA to expect these units to maintain the margins prescribed in DCR (2012-32).
2) Building plan/ Non-agriculture use is not sanctioned by competent authority; Dr. Agrawal pointed out that under MRTP Act the power to change use of land is can be delegated to Thasildar and powers to authorise development to Gram Panchayat concerned. Invoking these powers Thasildar was approving and sanctioning NA Permissions and Gram Panchayat was sanctioning Building Plans. The units in good faith have taken these permissions from them and further submitted to other Government agencies.
3) Land earmarked for purpose other than industrial/commercial; MRTP Act provides for survey and preparing ‘existing-land-use’ map by Planning Authority after its declaration of intention of preparing a Development Plan. It is surprising to note that the area of many units established prior to declaration of intention of preparing Development Plan is not classified under industrial/commercial zone.
Dr. Dipen Agrawal humbly requested CM to grant an Amnesty Scheme for regularization wherein interest & penalty would be waived and also direct the authorities to notify that the MSME units established prior to 06/01/2018 (the date on which the DCR 2012-2032 for Nagpur Metropolitan Region was notified) should be saved from the provisions of the said DCR.
Eknath Shinde said that the government is sized with issue and assured to resolve the matter in the best interest of all stakeholders.
Dr. Dipen Agrawal, President-CAMIT on behalf of business community of the state expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister, Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament, Ramtek for being sensitive towards the issues of trade & industry of the state.