In our Book House, we have had poets and writers with us from all spheres of life, of all ages, writing in different languages and about totally different subjects. And I have enjoyed every conversation I had with each one of them; listening to their stories and then telling their tales to our readers. However, there is not even an iota of doubt that what Rameshwar Singh Jamwal, the author featuring in this edition, writes about is one of the most interesting subjects I have come across so far, getting me intrigued in first go. I am sure, you all will find it equally interesting as we explore the journey of this man who has not only given a new theory related to Crimes, but has also been working relentlessly towards its propagation in a bid to control crime.
Rameshwar Singh Jamwal has just crossed the age of 50, a couple of years ago. He has been a practising Advocate of Jammu & Kashmir High Court and one of the renowned names in the state Bar with experience of 25 years under his belt. He is the Former Deputy Advocate General of J&K Government and holds a diploma in Criminology and Police Sciences from Jammu University and a Diploma on United Nations and International Understanding from Delhi. He is also on Senior Panel of Standing Counsel of Central Government. However, the reason we have him with us today is none of these. Rameshwar is better known to the world outside for his work on the subject of Criminology, more so for a theory he propounded known as the Yogic Crime Theory, which has been attaining popularity with each passing day as the Absolute theory of Criminology.
To eliminate crime we need to understand the very basic element of it, the reason to commit a crime. Rameshwar’s theory not only explains that concept but also stresses upon the simple but effective ways which can be helpful in bringing down the rate of crime, by studying few tendencies and also with simple exercises of Yoga, the age old technique from India that has been mesmerising people from all over the world in recent times. In a mission to propagate this theory which has been proving helpful to many across the world, Rameshawar came out with a book ‘Controlling the Mind of a criminal, the Yogic way.’
Rameshwar narrates the events which led him to write a book on this interesting subject, “I always had the fascination towards the subject of Criminlogy, one of the main reasons I got enrolled in LLB after my graduation. For last 400 years, people all over the world have been trying to find the answer to question that why people become criminals. There are 35-40 odd theories as to why do people do acts which harm the society in one way or another. After joining Diploma course in Criminology, the curiosity to go to the roots of the problem became even more intense. In my research about the subject, what surprised me was that out of all these, none of the theory was from Indian Subcontinent. While these theories were good at explaining one particular kind of crime, they all failed miserably to explain other types of crimes. There was no theory which could explain in totality the concept of criminology. So when I looked at things from Ancient Indian Philosophical point of view, a lot of it could be explained from its different branches, especially from Bhagvad Gita and philosophies of Maharishi Kapila. These sources could explain in totality the answer to the question and this led me to think of a new theory which I have termed the Yogic Crime Theory.”
However his book is not just about the philosophies of Hindu Epics as he shares, “We cannot write purely on philosophical things because the reader would outright reject that, demanding some scientific explanation and reasoning behind this theory. I have studied in details various subjects like Neurobiology, Behaviourism, Yoga, Criminology, Genetics and epigenetic and have combined them all to bring forth this theory. This theory is closest to explain the reason as to why people commit crimes.” Rameshwar further informed that the book is the result of his 24 years of research in subject and intense practical efforts I put over a period of 3 years which included a detailed survey on behavioural tendencies of as much as 200 people for almost 4 years. It is no surprise that the end product that came in the form of ‘Controlling the Mind of a criminal, the Yogic way’ was appreciated so widely by almost every section of the readers.
Rameshwar who is also the president of a social organisation that goes by the name Criminologists Society, is a one of the leading activists working for social and political reforms in India, with special focus on curbing the crimes. He is interested in creating and helping institutions which can help in creating a better country and a world which is a safe place to live and where no country, individual or group is allowed to harm others. He believes that to achieve that, what could work more effectively in place of imposing restrictions and punishments, is understanding the tendencies that ignite in mind of a person the fire to commit a crime and create a mechanism for changing the behaviour of criminals.
He shared with us the details of one of the researches he has done in the pursuit of this book. A total of 200 people were enrolled in this research program, consisting of 153 men and 47 women who were then divided into 4 groups based upon the time for which they have been practicing Yoga- less than one year, from 1 to 3 years, from 3 to 5 years and finally people doing Yoga for more than 5 years. These were monitored for more than 3 years using different tools regularly such as Questionnaire, Self-study, focused Group-Discussions and Interviews. Of these 173 people have had violated law at one point of time or other, before joining this research. You will be surprised to know only 11 committed violations thereafter and a significant number of people, 162 to be precise had changed their minds. Of those 25 out of 200 who said they feel little to no change in their behavior, were those who had been doing Yoga for less than a year. Another significant outcome of this research was that out of 125 people who have been practicing Yoga for more than 5 years, only 2% felt no change in their attitude towards committing crimes. The number rises to 15% and 25% for those doing yoga for 3 years and 1 year, respectively. The numbers definitely are a testimony to Rameshwar’s theory and show that Yoga does help in controlling the mind of a criminal, much true to the name of his book.
Rameshwar admits that his already busy schedule got even busier when he decided with his foray in this field. “I could not give my family as much time as I wanted to or intended to. This job and then the book, they require a lot from one- the utmost dedication and unparalleled focus. And that I have been able to do so, is all because of my family who stood behind me like a rock. My parents’ blessings helped me throughout this journey, which was further made possible by my wife and my sons, without whom I am not sure if I would have been able to do whatever little I have done so far. My wife, especially, has been a great friend and helped me the most in compiling this book,” Rameshwar doesn’t forget to thank his family.
Rameshwar who has been a part of various reputed organizations across the globe, has been delivering the message of his theory on many prestigious stages, most notable of them being the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok and twelfth United Nations Crime Congress held in Salvador, Brazil. He is of the opinion that the authorities can do good in implementing the nuisances of this theory as he tells, “We can implement this concept into Schools, Jails and Correctional homes, without investing anything significant. All that would be required will be a space equivalent to three feet by six feet, a yoga mat and one hour of our time daily. I can say with confidence that if the world bodies and enlightened citizens try this mode of controlling crime, this can be proved to be the surest way of controlling crime, without much effort or investment. If we were to implement this thing in our country, it would cost up to 20 rupees per person only. But what we will gain in return is a much better happiness and satisfaction quotient, a better GDP as eradication of crimes will help the state financially also, besides creating a good number of jobs within and out of the country.”
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