PM Must Speak up, Act Against Perpetrators of Hate Crimes Against Minorities: Former Civil Servants

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NEW DELHI — Around 70 senior former civil servants have sought from Prime Minister Narendra Modi “a clear response” now and without delay on unchecked violence against minorities in the country. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, they have also demanded “immediate and firm action against the perpetrators of such hate crimes against minorities.”

The letter by the retired civil servants appeared on Sunday – the day when PM Modi addressed the nation through his first “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme of 2018 and touched upon everything but hate crimes and attacks on minorities. He also remained silent on the recent widespread mob violence of Karni Sena against the film Padmaavat.

The retired civil servants belonging to different elite services and batches, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) expressed their deep concern at the “continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks.”

“The killing of Mohammed Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, on the 25th Anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid has deeply shaken each of us. The recording of the brutal act on video and the circulation of the justification for the killing over the internet cuts at the roots of an inclusive and pluralistic society drawing its inspiration from the teachings of Buddha, Mahavira, Ashoka, Akbar, the Sikh Gurus, Hindu Sages and Gandhi. The violent incidents in Udaipur in support of the alleged killer are a pointer to how deep the sectarian poison has spread among the population of this country,” wrote Nareshwar Dayal, former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; Keshav Desiraju, former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Sushil Dubey, former Ambassador to Sweden; Bhaskar Ghose, former Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India; R. Govindarajan, former Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India and over 60 other retired civil servants.

67 former civil servants that included secretaries to central government, state governments and ambassadors talked about various such incidents that took place in the last nine months including the killing of dairy farmers Pahlu Khan and Mohammad Umar in Alwar of Rajasthan and lynching of Junaid in running train in Haryana.

Following massive public outcry against this incident, PM Modi had said that “killing people in the name of ‘Gau bhakti’ is unacceptable” and asked the state governments to take action. However, the killings have continued without any check.

Apart from violence, the former civil servants also expressed their deep concern on “the acceleration of a process of ghettoization through organized resistance to sale of properties to Muslims, or refusal by owners to have them as tenants…” They also wrote that the “love-jihad” campaigns of right-wing Hindu groups are “symptomatic of the efforts by extremist elements of the majority religion to interfere in the basic constitutional rights of citizens to enter into marriage with a partner of their choice.”

They expressed concern on increasing targeting of Christians around the observation of Christmas and mentioned some recent incidents that took place in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in December last year.

They urged PM Modi to speak up and act immediately against hate crimes because these incidents “undermine our Constitutional values and weaken the rule of law to create a new normal in society.”

“We seek now and without delay a clear response from the Hon’ble Prime Minister and his government on these issues, along with immediate and firm action against the perpetrators of such hate crimes against minorities in this country by the respective law enforcement authorities.”

They also called upon the silent civil society “to stand up, oppose and publicly condemn the communalization of our society and our country.”

“It is essential for each of us as individuals to reflect on the repercussions of a situation where the present trends could threaten the peace and cohesion that is a fundamental pre- requisite for our growth and development. And for all of us, most of all for those who belong to the majority community, to go beyond mere reflection, to stand up, oppose and publicly condemn the communalization of our society and our country,” read the letter signed by the following retired civil servants that include 42 IAS, 9 IFS and 8 IPS officers:

  1. S.P. Ambrose IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
  2. Ishrat Aziz IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Brazil & Saudi Arabia
  3. Vappala Balachandran IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
  4. Meeran C Borwankar IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
  5. Sundar Burra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
  6. Som Chaturvedi IRTS (Retd.) Former Additional Member, Railway Board, GoI
  7. Javid Chaudhuri IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI
  8. Kalyani Chaudhuri IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
  9. Anna Dani IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
  10. Surjit K. Das IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand
  11. Vibha Puri Das IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
  12. Nareshwar Dayal IFS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  13. Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI
  14. Sushil Dubey IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Sweden
  15. K.P. Fabian IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Italy
  16. Bhaskar Ghose IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, GoI
  17. Hirak Ghosh IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
  18. Balagopal Gopalan IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
  19. R. Govindarajan IPS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, Cabinet Secretariat (in the rank of Secretary to GoI)
  20. Meena Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
  21. Ravi Vira Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
  22. Wajahat Habibullah IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, GoI and Chief Information Commissioner.
  23. Deepa Hari IRS (Resigned)
  24. Sajjad Hassan IAS (Retd.) Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
  25. Gurbachan Jagat IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, J&K; DG, BSF; Chairman, UPSC; Governor of Manipur
  26. Kamal Jaswal IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
  27. K. John Koshy IAS (Retd.) Former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal
  28. Ajai Kumar Indian Forest Service (Retd.) Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
  29. Arun Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI
  30. Brijesh Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
  31. Chaman Lal IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Nagaland.
  32. P.M.S. Malik IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Myanmar & Special Secretary, MEA, GoI
  33. Harsh Mander IAS (Retd.) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
  34. Aditi Mehta IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
  35. Dalip Mehta IFS (Retd.) Former Secretary to GoI & Dean, Foreign Service Institute
  36. Sonalini Mirchandani IFS (Resigned)
  37. Dr. L. Mishra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Labour, GoI
  38. Sunil Mitra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
  39. Ruchira Mukerjee IP&TFAS (Retd.) Former Adviser, Telecom Commission, GoI
  40. Anup Mukerji IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Bihar
  41. Deb Mukharji IFS (Retd.) Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Nepal
  42. Pranab S. Mukhopadhyay IAS (Retd.) Former Director, Indian Institute of Port management, Kolkata, GoI
  43. Sobha Nambisan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Karnataka
  44. Sivakami Palanimuthu IAS (Retd.) Former Special Commissioner, Stationery & Printing Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
  45. Niranjan Pant IA & AS (Retd.) Former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  46. P. R. Parthasarathy IPS (Retd.) Former Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Govt. of Maharashtra
  47. K. Sujatha Rao IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI
  48. M.Y. Rao IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Orissa State Electricity Board, Govt. of Orissa
  49. N.K. Raghupathy IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
  50. Satwant Reddy IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary to GoI, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals
  51. Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd.) Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & Ambassador to Romania
  52. Sayeed Rizvi IAS (Retd.) Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
  53. Aruna Roy IAS (Resigned)
  54. Manabendra N. Roy IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
  55. ManMohan Sagar IPS (Retd.) Former CMD, Assam Police Housing Corporation
  56. Umrao Salodia IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation, Govt. of Rajasthan
  57. Deepak Sanan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
  58. Deepak Sandhu Indian Information Service (Retd.) Former Chief Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission
  59. E. A.S. Sarma IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GoI
  60. N.C. Saxena IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
  61. A. Selvaraj IRS (Retd.) Former Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Chennai, GoI
  62. Ardhendu Sen IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
  63. Aftab Seth IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Japan
  64. Har Mander Singh IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, ESI Corporation, GoI
  65. Jawhar Sircar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & CEO, Prasar Bharati
  66. Geetha Thoopal IRAS (Retd.) Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata
  67. Ramani Venkatesan IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. Of Maharashtra

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