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Kashmir makes Lutyens’ Delhi fall in Love with Krishnan’s book on Veerappan’s encounter  

Syed Junaid Hashmi

NEW DELHI, Nov 25: Once you are in Kashmir and sitting on an important position, media as well as civil society along with other social groups wish to have you as their guest in events hosted by them in New Delhi or elsewhere in the country.

And this is what has started happening with Krishnan Vijay Kumar, Advisor to  the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satyapal Malik. The Lutyens’ Delhi have suddenly fallen in love with his book “Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand” published by Rupa Publications and subsequently, released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 8, 2017. The book which is ranked 7451 on Amazon has suddenly attracted the attention of important people in New Delhi.

Kashmir and books have a strong connect is what writers tell you. “If you seek to connect with larger audience, write a book either on Kashmir or on Islam. Both would bring you audience without you even demanding or seeking the same,” is how a writer explained the reason for people hosting you in New Delhi once you are on an important position in Jammu and Kashmir.

Though it looks far-fetched but hosting an event for a book which was released on February 8, 2017 when Krishnan Vijay Kumar was in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs does raise questions. Lutyens’ Delhi want to listen to the story of Krishnan Vijay Kumar, curiously only after he has been sent to Jammu and Kashmir as Advisor and that too almost two years after the book was released on February 8, 2017 by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

It seems more than a coincidence that an event was held in the national capital where the writer Krishnan Vijay Kumar shared his personal experiences while heading Special Task Force in Tamil Nadu which led to ‘Operation Cocoon’ eliminating sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in 2004.

Advisor Krishnan Vijay Kumar participated in an event held in New Delhi on Sunday where he threw light on many aspects of Operation Cocoon while having conversation with Nripjit Singh Chawla, CEO of the Omniconsult Management Advisory.

During the conversation, Krishnan Vijay Kumar shared about the pre-operation preparations, role of his strong team and about the action packed days of ‘Operation Cocoon’. “For achieving better results while undertaking any kind of operation, you need a strong and dedicated team which leads to become as integrated work force”, he said.

Discussing about the preparations for the Operation Cocoon, Krishnan Vijay Kumar said that the whole team had to undergo through a grilling regimen including a notable innovation, the one minute drill inspired by the one minute manager series. “One minute drill is a pack of speed, perfection and stress management and the only idea was to ensure that the team is alert at all times”, he added.

He also discussed about the challenging assignments he had undertaken during his tenure in Maoist area and in Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to the need of upgraded infrastructure in police department, he quipped that it is the motivation, human resource powered with human touch and personal presence which matters the most.

Meanwhile, several questions were also taken from the floor related to Operation Cocoon and present security scenario. The event was attended by large number of book lovers who were enthralled and enlightened through this conversation.




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