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The Power of Civil Momentum: Annamalai Kuppusamy (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Annamalai Kuppusamy’s talk titled “The Power of Civil Momentum” at TEDxDSCE conference.

In this TEDx talk, Annamalai Kuppusamy, an IPS Officer widely known as “The Singham Of Karnataka” emphasizes the critical role of citizen engagement in addressing societal issues and the necessity for public servants to act when the public chooses not to. He illustrates this with examples from his experiences, highlighting situations where police intervention was necessary due to public inaction, such as traffic management and emergency response during natural calamities.

Kuppusamy also addresses the misconceptions about police work, stressing that most officers are committed public servants facing significant challenges. He delves into the rise of crimes like rioting and hate crimes, attributing it to a lack of proactive community involvement. The talk advocates for the use of technology, like social media and apps, for citizens to report violations, demonstrating how small acts can lead to significant societal impacts.

Kuppusamy calls for a collaborative effort between the public and law enforcement to create a safer, more proactive society. His message underscores the idea that societal momentum towards progress or chaos is significantly influenced by individual actions and collective civil responsibility.

Listen to the audio version here:


Good to be here with this young, eager audience of Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering. It’s a privilege to be here among all the great achievers you have done. In fact, when the organizers met me, they said that the topic is “act,” and you have to speak on it. The first thing I said is, “I never acted, why are you calling me?” They said, “No, no, we have seen your videos here and there, and you should speak.”

The Essence of Action

In fact, the whole idea of doing this is to demystify a couple of things you have seen in the video and to put policing in proper perspective. All through civilization, great people have acted. Fantastic people have acted. In times of crisis, they have acted. In times of need, they have acted. They made sure humanity progressed at a faster pace. And today, sitting here, we are enjoying the fruits of their labor. We feel very happy, very contented.

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