The All-Knowing Police Commissioner

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If you are the Mumbai Police Commissioner, it is likely that if you have questions, you probably know the answers too. During a recent event in a five star hotel in Mumbai, attended mostly by socialites and actors, where the Dalai Lama was invited to speak on animal welfare, a question-and-answer session with the spiritual leader was organised towards the end. Chits with questions, including one by Sonam Kapoor, were to be passed to the moderator, Chetan Bhagat, who would then read them out. But when Satyapal Singh, Mumbai’s police commissioner, expressed interest in asking a question, he did not send a chit. He walked right up to the stage. Despite Bhagat’s constant reminders that Singh take less than two minutes, the commissioner held centre stage for much longer. Not only did he ask a question (why do individuals who follow different religions continue to promote hatred and violence?), he provided its answer too (the only true religion is humanity, which can only be attained once one becomes a vegetarian). When the police commissioner finally left the stage, Bhagat had a wisecrack up his sleeve.

“Thank you for allowing us to safely post Facebook status messages,” he said.