Over 100 Ex-Bureaucrats Write to Modi to End Politics of Hate
NEW DELHI (IANS) – As many as 108 former bureaucrats have written an open letter to Narendra Modi, urging the Prime Minister to end the politics of hate in the country.
In the letter, the signatories said the country is witnessing a frenzy of hate-filled destructions where at the sacrificial altar are not just Muslims and members of the other minority communities, but the Constitution itself.
Former Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, ex-Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, former Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Principal Secretary T.K.A. Nair were among the prominent names who signed the letter.
“As former civil servants, it is not normally our want to express ourselves in such extreme terms, but the relentless pace at which the constitutional edifice created by our founding fathers is being destroyed compels us to speak out and express our anger and anguish,” the letter read.
They also said that the escalation of hate violence against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, in the last few years in many BJP-ruled states such as Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has acquired a scary new dimension.
Urging the Prime Minister, the letter said, “We appeal to your conscience, taking heart from your promise of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’.
“It is our fond hope that in this year of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, rising above partisan considerations, you will call for an end to the politics of hate that governments under your party’s control are so assiduously practicing.”
While in office, these bureaucrats failed to play a constructive role in the Nation building presumably for a comfortable life under their corrupt, selfish and thugs-like political masters. They were equally responsible for defacing the Nation’s secular credentials, indirectly fostering the anti-nationals and religious fundamentalists. But, at least after retirement why can’t these ex-bureaucrats change their attitude and outlook and things and happenings in a fair manner? They seem to be echoing their ex-masters’ voice who are now in the opposition side and barking at everything that the present Government is doing. They talk about hate-filled destructions and harassment towards minorities. Are not these reactions to what the majority community is facing from the unsecular, narrow-minded and intolerant religious belief and practices by the minority communities? Do they mean that the majority community should continue to remain at the receiving end until they are destroyed completely? I see no sense in their biased and selective statements.April 28, 2022