Delhi Police to London—a long journey?
Yes, it triggered off when I took action against encroachments by mayor Mohinder Singh Saathi's brother-in-law. I was transferred. I decided to leave.
Where were you posted during the '84 riots?
At Tilak Vihar. I tried to help the widows there.
My wife is British.
So you came to London to join the police?
No, I lived a few weeks on state support. Then in 1989 I started work with a catering company.
And what brought you into politics?
At this catering firm our Asian ladies had to ask for the supervisor's permission even to go to the toilet. I raised my voice against this. They made me a union leader.
How did you get to the Hounslow council?
I worked with Trade Unions Congress and they suggested I join the Labour Party. I got hundreds of new members in. I was elected councillor.
Proud of that big metal garland you wear as mayor?
It's just out of service to people.
You'd want to be a leader in Punjab?