Basant Kumar Rath is an IPS officer from the 2000 Batch
DIG Homeguards Jammu is an IPS officer of the 2000 batch who originally belongs to the family of a farmer. Basant Kumar Rath is an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, a poet, an environmentalist and activist to the core.
Mr. Rath had the option to become a bureaucrat but for the activist’s heart that he possesses, he chose IPS with a very clear vision to ensure justice to common man and give hell to criminals.
Rath’s father was a village priest and a farmer and hard work runs in his veins. He cracked the civil services exams in 2000 and there was no looking back after that for this very tech savvy officer. Rath maintains that if given a chance, he will never like to go on a deputation.
Rath did his schooling from an Oriya Medium School at his native village in Odisha. He has a master’s degree in sociology from Bhubaneshwar after the completion go which, he went to pursue a doctorate in sociology in PhD from Jawahar Lal Nehru University in 1994. He never finished his doctorate though and left it mid-way to join the Indian Police force in 2000.
The DIG is widely known as a poet but also loves to play cricket, volleyball and lawn-tennis. He is an avid fan of Pakistani music and among his favourites are Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Showkat Ali, Ghulam Ali and Farida Khanum
He says that he chose IPS because it provides scope to interact with a large realm of people. The relationship between police and people is of immense hope and this one thing makes him feel responsible and accountable to everyone.