Surge of fascism; Death to democracy

Democracy is experiencing its worst these days which has lately resulted in a wave of resignations by IAS officers and top bureaucrats from their service. This is majorly the result of Government ending up taking away basic human rights from the citizens of India. All those who have recently resigned from their service have reasoned the unethical steps by the authorities to resort to the dumping of democracy and its literal means with the citizens, mostly in Kashmir. This is the onset of a protest that the bureaucracy is doing wherein they expect the Government to change its policies and behavior towards all the people, irrespective of the community they belong to. Some of who have left the posts in this year are listed with the reasons they have stated.

9th January 2019

Kashmir bureaucrat Shah Faesal with Shehla Rashid

Kashmir bureaucrat Shah Faesal resigned from civil services. He announced his resignation from the service to “protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir”. Regarding the resignation, he posted on FB saying,  “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalization and invisiblization of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.” He was also generally disillusioned with his role as a bureaucrat, which included jailing people and imposing curfews.

He also challenged the scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir along with Shehla Rashid. He stated that an unprecedented bandh was continuing in Kashmir and 80 lakh people have been imprisoned. Never before did this happen in Kashmir.

21st August 2019

Kannan Gopinathan, IAS (Secretary of Power, Urban Development and Agriculture in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli)

Kannan Gopinathan, the IAS officer in charge of Secretary of Power, Urban Development and Agriculture in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli submitted his resignation to the Home Secretary.

He quit the service stating, “I want my freedom of expression intact. I joined the services believing I can give voice to others, but here I am unable to use my own voice. My resignation will give me my freedom of expression back,” Kannan Gopinathan had earlier told TNM. After the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir. Kannan expressed his disappointment by saying, “Not many including the media are keen to bring out the truth. The court also adjourns a case of such grave importance to weeks later. If there were many to raise a voice, I would have been happier, but there are not many.”

6th September, 2019

S Sasikanth Senthil retired from the Indian Administrative Services

Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district S Sasikanth Senthil retired from the Indian Administrative Services. He had been serving in the post since June 2017 and was considered one of the very proactive DCs amongst all. He wrote a letter of resignation which stated that it was “unethical” on his part to continue as civil servant when “fundamental building blocks of diverse democracy are being compromised”.  He also wrote “I strongly feel that the coming days will present extremely difficult challenges to the basic fabric of our nation and that I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all.”

BJP leader and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa sought clarity from Senthil about his resignation. He asked “Please don’t give confusing statements. If the officers do not cite a clear reason, then it will lead to chaos and confusion across the state.”

The Congress has been blaming the ruling party for the recent resignations continuously being practiced by the civil servants and bureaucrats. “BJP’s attack on democracy has a ripple effect across our nation’s institutions. The legacy that Shri Sardar Patel built through the IAS is coming apart as officers are forced to leave the services to stand up against the government,” the Congress tweeted. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the resignation was an indicator of the way India is moving. He said “Democratic values are in danger and things are not happening according to the constitutional provisions.”

Once again, trusting the type of disapproval by the people against the Government and hoping that the ruling party understands democracy for the sake of the citizens of this country.

Harshita Malik
Harshita Malik

Trained in journalism, fights for gender and human rights issues. Open to talks and criticism. Believes in individual wishes and opinions. A mediocre reader of non-fiction.

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