Indian Civil Officer Kannan Gopinathan resigns from service citing J&K restrictions

Bilal Raza

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)


Kannan Gopinathan said he has been really disturbed by the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that he was unable to use his voice in the job.

An Indian Administrative Service officer, who shot to prominence for his anonymous participation in the flood relief efforts in Kerala last year, submitted his resignation from the service on August 21, The NewsMinutereported on Saturday.

Kannan Gopinathan held the post of secretary of power, urban development and agriculture departments in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration. He sent his resignation to the Union Home Secretary on Wednesday.

“I want my freedom of expression intact,” Gopinathan told The NewsMinute. “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.”

“If you ask me what you were doing, when one of the world’s largest democracies announced a ban on the entire state, and even violated the fundamental rights of the people, I should at least be able to reply that I resigned my job,” he told The Indian Express.

“I know this won’t make any impact, it would be news for half a day only,” he added. “But I wanted to do it nevertheless.”

The bureaucrat said he has been really disturbed by the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, wherein a large section of the population have had their fundamental rights suspended, The Hindu reported. “There has been a lack of response to it,” Gopinathan said. “We seem to be perfectly fine with it. I also see in some small ways how I am also a part of it. I think if I had a newspaper, the only thing I would be printing on the front page would be ‘19’ on the front page, because today [Wednesday] is the nineteenth day.”


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Senator (1k+ posts)
Highlights
  1. Kannan Gopinathan is an IAS officer in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  2. Fundamental rights of lakhs of people suspended for 20 days, he told NDTV
  3. The 33-year-old officer has received memos on several occasions


A 33-year-old Indian Administrative Service officer said he has filed his papers to quit the coveted government job. While stating his reasons, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan said one of them was denial of "fundamental rights" to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after special status was scrapped from the state earlier this month.

"...Not that my resignation will cause anything even worth a flutter. But one has one's own conscience to answer to, I guess," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV.

Mr Gopinathan, a secretary of key departments in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was instrumental in transforming a loss-making government electricity distribution firm into a profit-making one.

"In (Jammu and) Kashmir, fundamental rights of lakhs of people have been suspended for 20 days. And many in India seem to be okay with it. This is happening in India in 2019. Article 370 or its abrogation is not the issue, but denying citizens their right to respond to it, is the main issue. They could welcome the move or protest it, that's their right," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV, adding this issue "disturbed" him enough to resign.

An IAS officer for seven years, Mr Gopinathan gave his resignation on August 21.

"Even when a former IAS officer was detained from the airport, there was a complete lack of response from civil society. It seems like most in this country are okay with this," said Mr Gopinathan, referring to how IAS officer-turned-activist Shah Faesal was sent back to Srinagar from Delhi airport while he was about to take a flight abroad.

In Mizoram, the IAS officer encouraged badminton player Pullela Gopichand to open 30 grassroots centres for training children in badminton and a high-altitude centre of excellence for sports while Mr Gopinathan was a collector.


Mr Gopinathan said he has received memos over reasons like not applying for the Prime Minister's excellence awards, which he said he did after getting directions to do so. Another memo asked for a summary of what he did when he had volunteered for flood relief work in Kerala in 2018. Relief workers were surprised to discover that the IAS officer had been volunteering at camps without anyone knowing his official identity.

"These memos were so frivolous and flimsy, they disturbed me. But it's nothing out of the ordinary in service life. I have been serving in some crucial roles even at a time when I gave my resignation. And I felt there are larger issues that need to be raised," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV.

In this year's Lok Sabha election, when Mr Gopinathan was the returning officer, the Chief Electoral Officer had ordered the administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, a Union Territory, to withdraw a controversial notice which he had issued to Mr Gopinathan and sought an explanation from the officer.

Mr Gopinathan, who is also an engineer, is active on social media; he uses the medium to engage, ideate and seek alternate solutions in real-time. Before qualifying for the IAS, he volunteered at a non-profit and gave classes to children in slums. It was during this time that he met his future wife, who he said inspired him to prepare for the civil services.


On what his plans are, Mr Gopinathan said, "I have no idea about what will I do as of now."



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IAS Officer Quits, Says "Disturbed" Over Restrictions In J&K
 

RAW AGENT

Minister (2k+ posts)
Highlights
  1. Kannan Gopinathan is an IAS officer in Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  2. Fundamental rights of lakhs of people suspended for 20 days, he told NDTV
  3. The 33-year-old officer has received memos on several occasions


A 33-year-old Indian Administrative Service officer said he has filed his papers to quit the coveted government job. While stating his reasons, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan said one of them was denial of "fundamental rights" to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir for weeks after special status was scrapped from the state earlier this month.

"...Not that my resignation will cause anything even worth a flutter. But one has one's own conscience to answer to, I guess," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV.

Mr Gopinathan, a secretary of key departments in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was instrumental in transforming a loss-making government electricity distribution firm into a profit-making one.

"In (Jammu and) Kashmir, fundamental rights of lakhs of people have been suspended for 20 days. And many in India seem to be okay with it. This is happening in India in 2019. Article 370 or its abrogation is not the issue, but denying citizens their right to respond to it, is the main issue. They could welcome the move or protest it, that's their right," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV, adding this issue "disturbed" him enough to resign.

An IAS officer for seven years, Mr Gopinathan gave his resignation on August 21.

"Even when a former IAS officer was detained from the airport, there was a complete lack of response from civil society. It seems like most in this country are okay with this," said Mr Gopinathan, referring to how IAS officer-turned-activist Shah Faesal was sent back to Srinagar from Delhi airport while he was about to take a flight abroad.

In Mizoram, the IAS officer encouraged badminton player Pullela Gopichand to open 30 grassroots centres for training children in badminton and a high-altitude centre of excellence for sports while Mr Gopinathan was a collector.


Mr Gopinathan said he has received memos over reasons like not applying for the Prime Minister's excellence awards, which he said he did after getting directions to do so. Another memo asked for a summary of what he did when he had volunteered for flood relief work in Kerala in 2018. Relief workers were surprised to discover that the IAS officer had been volunteering at camps without anyone knowing his official identity.

"These memos were so frivolous and flimsy, they disturbed me. But it's nothing out of the ordinary in service life. I have been serving in some crucial roles even at a time when I gave my resignation. And I felt there are larger issues that need to be raised," Mr Gopinathan told NDTV.

In this year's Lok Sabha election, when Mr Gopinathan was the returning officer, the Chief Electoral Officer had ordered the administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, a Union Territory, to withdraw a controversial notice which he had issued to Mr Gopinathan and sought an explanation from the officer.

Mr Gopinathan, who is also an engineer, is active on social media; he uses the medium to engage, ideate and seek alternate solutions in real-time. Before qualifying for the IAS, he volunteered at a non-profit and gave classes to children in slums. It was during this time that he met his future wife, who he said inspired him to prepare for the civil services.


On what his plans are, Mr Gopinathan said, "I have no idea about what will I do as of now."



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IAS Officer Quits, Says "Disturbed" Over Restrictions In J&K
He should live in Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir taking benefit of 370 free Kashmir , then he will realise how Hindus are treated like animals by Kashmiri Muslims.
 

Billo Rani

Senator (1k+ posts)
He should live in Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir taking benefit of 370 free Kashmir , then he will realise how Hindus are treated like animals by Kashmiri Muslims.
You mean the same Kashmiri Muslims who take the Yatris on their horses so the pilgrims could worship?
 

Billo Rani

Senator (1k+ posts)
Yes the same Muslims when they are in majority their behaviour changes , same as we masihis are facing in Pakistan .
Yeah sure you are a mashihi in Pakistan so you know the ground reality. More masihis are being persecuted in Endia than Pakistan. Don't worry they are next to highlight their persecution at international level and at vatican. I work with one of them in the west. What about plight of Dalits? Why did they lock down Delhi a few days ago?
 

Allama G

Senator (1k+ posts)
He should live in Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir taking benefit of 370 free Kashmir , then he will realise how Hindus are treated like animals by Kashmiri Muslims.
Cow is your mother. We just treat you like your mother. Why you are insulted?
 

muhammadadeel

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)




بھارتی افیسر کنن گوپی ناتھن کا کشمیریوں پر بھارتی مظالم اور نریندر مودی کی پالیسیوں کے خلاف احتجاج کرتے ہوئے سرکاری ملازمت چھوڑے کا اعلان کشمیریوں کے موقف کی جیت اور بھارتی حکومت کے ظلم و جبر کی شکست ہے۔ بھارتی بھی اب مودی کو اپنے لیے تباہی سمجھ رہے ہیں


تحریک انصاف اور پاکستانی سیاستدانوں کو اس سے تھوڑی بہت شرم آ جانی چاہیے کہ تقریر اور زبان چلانے کے علاوہ کچھ عملی قدم اٹھائیں۔ دماغ استمال کریں اور پاکستان کے لیے کچھ کریں۔ کیونکہ اب ہم زبانی جمع نفی باتوں سے بیوقوف بننے والے نہیں۔

 
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