BN Garudachar - A true Karmayogi

BN Garudachar - A true Karmayogi

Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2017-02-13 18:16 Veteran police officer BN Garudachar will turn 88 next week. Former DGP DV Guruprasad who was a junior to him and had many opportunities to work closely with him, fondly recalls Garudachar's service to the department and state.  I first saw him when I was a degree student in Bengaluru in 1969. The students of our university had gathered at Central College on a strike. Around mid-day, the parked car of the education minister was set on fire by some students. Within a few minutes, a tall police officer came in with a bunch of policemen and ordered lobbing tear gas shells. The students managed to throw the unexploded shells back at the policemen. At this turn, the tall officer asked the policemen to charge. Hundreds of policemen wielding big lathis rushed towards us. Someone in the group shouted, “Garudachar has come”. The mob started running helter-skelter. Such was the fear one had about the tall police officer Garudachar, who was then functioning as DCP-(Law and Order) in Bengaluru City.  In just about half an hour’s time, Garudachar had brought the situation under control.I formally met Garudachar after I joined the Indian Police Service and was allotted Karnataka Cadre. I noticed that everyone in Karnataka Police was respectful towards him. He was very happy to know that I was born and brought up in Bengaluru, and that I am a Kannadiga. He said, “Not many Kannadigas join the civil services. I am very happy that you have joined and I will watch your progress from now on.” Those motivating words stirred me, and from that day onwards Garudachar became my role model. Garudachar inspires appreciation. He is always well-dressed, holds his head high and walks ramrod straight. His hair is always combed neat and he talks in an authoritative manner. Anyone coming across him is sure to realise that he is a man in authority.Though by his appearance and talk Garudachar oozes authority, he is actually very soft natured and kind-hearted. Garudachar hails from Bindiganavile in Mandya district and belongs to an Iyengar family. He started his career from the Nizam-ruled Hyderabad state in the 1950s, and was Assistant SP in Humnabad and in Koppal, which were then in Hyderabad State. Joining the then Mysore State Police after the states’ reorganisation, Garudachar held several important and sensitive positions in the police department, including the Head of Intelligence, Chief of Bangalore City Police, Additional DGP (Law and Order), and ultimately the Head of State Police from which he retired in 1986. Because of his capacity to control any type of situation, successive state governments used his services to bring in normalcy.When I was the SP of Bidar district in 1981, there was a severe caste conflict.  The then government sent Garudachar from Bengaluru to Bidar to control the situation.  Within three days, he brought normalcy to the strife-torn district. I watched him very closely those three days and learnt many nuances of police work. Similar was his work in Bellary some years later.Garudachar demonstrated to us that a successful police officer has to have excellent public relations.  He developed close rapport with the community wherever he worked and gained the confidence of people. And knowing six languages, like Garudachar did, greatly helps. He would patiently receive all telephone calls himself and would extract lots of information about the functioning of the police in various districts.  Thus he would get information earlier than the police Intelligence Department.Before tackling any problem, Garudachar would ponder over it very deeply.  He would also consult his peers, subordinates and superiors as to how to solve the problem before coming to a conclusion. Once he arrived at a decision, he would stick to it. I consider this as the most important quality of Garudachar.Garudachar is a very social person. He is not at all egoistic and never exhibits arrogance of rank. He makes friendship easily with everyone due to his pleasant manners. That is why everyone treats him with respect and love.The centenary celebrations of Karnataka police was held when Garudachar was the state police chief.  He ensured that the function deserved its due attention from the public.  He was responsible in bringing out a centenary volume on the history of Karnataka Police, which is even now considered a reference work.Garudachar is highly disciplined and keeps himself occupied in a productive manner. Even after completing 88 years he is active and goes to his office in Garuda Mall every day.Garudachar dotes on his family.  The demise of his dear wife recently has no doubt pulled him down, but he is trying to lead a normal life despite this setback.Ever young, Garudachar is a true Karmayogi and a role model for many.To commemorate his birthday, a book on his life has been edited by Guruprasad and it will be released by DG