Reporter's Diary: Once a senior, always a senior

In any event, what is also true is that such reverence shown to officers in powerful positions can't be expected for those retired from the service. Thus, this scribe was pleasantly surprised to witness the respect an officer expressed for his senior even years after the latter retired from the service. The one with humility was City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan.
Reporter's Diary: Once a senior, always a senior
City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan

Chennai

The overt respect for superior officers followed at every level in the Police Department is well-known, with personnel from constables to sub-inspectors referring to their inspectors as ayya. Though the literal translation is sir in English, it also has a negative connotation in the daily conversation. 
In any event, what is also true is that such reverence shown to officers in powerful positions can't be expected for those retired from the service. Thus, this scribe was pleasantly surprised to witness the respect an officer expressed for his senior even years after the latter retired from the service. The one with humility was City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan. 
Addressing a gathering at an event recently in which former Director General of Police AX Alexander was also present as a guest, the Commissioner went to the extent of seeking permission from the veteran officer before proceeding with his speech.  
"While in service, I always listened to your orders. So I'm kind of reluctant to speak in front of you," said the Commissioner. To this, the former top cop said, "No problem, go ahead." 
After having paid the due respect to the senior, the Commissioner then continued with his speech.
— S Venkadesan, Chennai

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