New Delhi: The 'Colours of Red' is a book penned by CRPF personnel.
Divulging the information, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted: "A love story of a Para-Military officer written by serving officer. Wishing all the best to the brave CRPF officer Sh Rakesh Kumar Singh."
In a handwritten note to Singh, the Minister further wrote – "I am glad that Rakesh Kumar Singh has written the beautiful book 'Colours of Red' in addition to many books and articles he had already written. A man in uniform with such a great writing talent. My best wishes to him."
Rakesh Kumar Singh's Twitter handle describes himself as "CRPF officer, story teller, Author". He has also penned books titled – "Beyond the Baton" and a few in Hindi 'Naxal-vaad aur police ki Bhumika;, 'Ek Ghoont Chandni' and 'Ankaha Sach'.
Rakesh Kumar Singh's efforts to a large extent fit in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in the August version of 'Mann-Ki-Baat':
"Today's young mind does not want to tread ready-made beaten paths; it wants to carve out newer paths. It wants to step on unknown territory. New destinations, new goals as well, new roads, new aspirations as well! And once a young person decides in the mind, no stone is left unturned in the pursuit… persevering day and night."
Military personnel and security establishment officers often pen books and fiction. A few years back, the 'Love in Olive Greens' was one such book penned by army officer Anju. Incidentally, Anju is also married to an army officer, and both have separately and sometimes served together in forward areas like Tawang in far-flung northeastern India. Perhaps this made the portrayal of pain and isolation more painful than could have been written out of the creative genius of any normal author.