Former Director General of Police K. Aravinda Rao said that Indian culture was under attack from several external agencies, including the Institution of Asian Studies, which was functioning in different countries.

Delivering a lecture on the occasion of the twentieth death anniversary of IPS officer K.S. Vyas at the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy here on Monday, Mr. Rao warned that the rightist forces in the west had partnered with left wing organisations in India to spread hatred against culture in the country. Unfortunately, the left wing did not realise this.

Advice to police

He asked the police to be conscious of social change, lest the force breaks up on the lines of the civil society.

It was important for the police force to understand social change to protect its homogenous identity and insulate itself from vote bank politics.

Mr. Rao criticised the wrong diagnosis of the Maoist problem by experts of the Planning Commission, sticking to the view that it was a socio-economic problem. It could have started for socio-economic reasons but it was basically a law and order problem, Mr Rao said.

Former Tamil Nadu Governor P.S. Ramamohan Rao, who was also a DGP in the State, paid tributes to Vyas saying it was on account of the latter that the elite Greyhounds came into existence to fight the Naxalites. He said he had impressed upon then Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao to have in place such a force but the Central Government was not convinced.

The same Greyhounds had reached a position where it was praised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

DGP V. Dinesh Reddy recalled the incident of the killing of Vyas when both of them were jogging at Lal Bahadur Stadium.

He said Vyas had shifted his physical training from Hyderabad Public School ground to the stadium for better ambience.

Vyas’ wife, Aruna Vyas, former DGP R. Prabhakar Rao and former City Police Commissioner M.V. Krishna Rao, who was a batch mate of Vyas in the IPS, spoke.

Former DGP asks police to insulate itself from vote bank politics