New Delhi: While the Agnipath short-term recruitment scheme has ignited debate about access to government jobs, a senior IPS officer in his book gives us a discerning account of the values he has learnt in such a job.
In ‘Win All Your Battles’, Vishwas Nangre Patil discusses his training at the National Police Academy, and eloquently talks about his journey to becoming a police officer.
First published in Marathi as ‘Kar Har Maidan Fateh, Win All Your Battles’, Patil narrates his days at the academy, inculcating skills and values that shaped his career as an officer.
From hours of rigorous physical and mental training to tackling mob violence and managing law and order, Patil has created the complete guide for those aspiring to join the force.
Published by HarperCollins India, the book will be released on 5 July on Softcover, ThePrint’s online venue to launch non-fiction books.
The author is the current joint commissioner of police (Law and Order) of Mumbai. He won the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 2015 for his role in counterterrorism operations during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
‘Win All Your Battles’ has been translated by Subha Oande, a multilingual translator, from Marathi to English. She has translated various works such as Kaajal Oza Vaidya’s ‘Krishnayan’ into English, Kavita Kane’s ‘Sita’s Sister’ and ‘Fisher Queen’s Dynasty’ into Hindi. She has also translated six novellas and a short story collection by Sivasankari into English. Apart from her work as a translator, she is also a certified Yoga instructor.
The book is divided into several chapters highlighting the different aspects of Patil’s life and training at the National Police Academy, such as outdoor and indoor priming, managing his personal and professional life as well as the challenges he overcame.
Writing in an autobiographical tone, Patil mentions numerous anecdotes about the knowledge he gathered from famous Indian leaders like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
“The skills, values and lessons I learnt at the academy shaped my career as a police officer. The discipline and habits that I inculcated in my early twenties enhanced my physical, mental and spiritual fitness in later years. With conviction I developed physical and moral courage that helped me in facing man-made disasters and natural calamities. I hope the English readers too appreciate my humble efforts just like the Marathi readers did,” says the author of his book.
Ridhima Kumar, Commission Editor of HarperCollins India, called the book “a must-read for all those in need of a quick dose of motivation”.