Even now if they – the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, the Home Secretary, the District Magistrate and the district police authorities – stand together to uncover the insidious political agenda, identify its masterminds and bring the hooligans involved in the violence to book, they stand a chance to redeem their pledge to the Constitution and live up to the expectations that citizens have of the higher civil services.
Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns and who never tires of telling us of how the Constitution of India is the only holy book he worships, maintains stony silence even as he sees a Chief Minister handpicked by him treat that same Constitution with sheer contempt. It is evident that, for the Sangh Parivar, constitutional morality is of no value and is necessarily subordinate to the ideals of majoritarian supremacy.
Never before in recent history has the politics of hate, division and exclusion been so dominant and the poisonous ideology which informs it penetrated so deep into the body politic. Never before has hate been directed with such calculated intent against minority communities, hate which is nursed, aided and abetted by those in power. Violence has been given social and political sanction and perpetrators of violence have been treated with kid gloves while victims have been punished and harassed.
This is a critical moment and we cannot take it lying down anymore. We call upon all citizens to unite in a crusade against the politics of hate and division – a politics which aims to destroy the fundamental principles on which our Republic is founded. We ask all citizens to whom constitutional values matter to join us in reasserting our sovereignty as citizens to:
Demand the resignation of the Chief Minister for his failure to abide by the Constitution to which he has sworn his allegiance. We know that this can happen, if together, we build a groundswell of public opinion by which we hold him accountable for his conduct and compel him to resign.
Remind the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, the Home Secretary, and all other members of the higher civil services concerned, of their constitutional duty to fearlessly implement the Rule of Law rather than the perverse dictates of their political masters.
Request the High Court at Allahabad to take suo motu cognizance of this incident and order a judicial enquiry supervised by them to uncover the true facts, expose the political collusion, fix responsibility and recommend action.
Work towards a citizen-led national campaign against the politics of hate and violence – in particular, the structural violence directed against Muslims, Adivasis, Dalits and women – violence which finds sustenance in the structures of political power.
Salute Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh for his bravery in standing up for constitutional values and refusing to yield to political pressure even at the cost of his life and for setting an example to his children and the younger generation that values matter more than career success. We also acknowledge and applaud the dignity with which his family has faced this crisis and their quiet resolve to uphold the principles for which Subodh Kumar
Singh sacrificed his life. His martyrdom will not be in vain.
S.P. Ambrose IAS (Retd.), Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
J.L. Bajaj IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Administrative Reforms and Decentralisation Commission, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
N. Bala Baskar IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (Finance), Ministry of External Affairs, GoI
Vappala Balachandran IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
Gopalan Balagopal IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
Meeran C. Borwankar IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
Ravi Budhiraja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI
Sundar Burra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
Kalyani Chaudhuri IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Anna Dani IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
Surjit K. Das IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand
Vibha Puri Das IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
P.R. Dasgupta IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI
Nareshwar Dayal IFS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Pradeep K. Deb IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Deptt. Of Sports, GoI
Nitin Desai IES (Retd.) Former Secretary and Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI
Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.) Former Health Secretary, GoI
M.G. Devasahayam IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
Sushil Dubey IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Sweden
K.P. Fabian IFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Italy
Prabhu Ghate IAS (Retd.) Former Addl. Director General, Department of Tourism, GoI
Arif Ghauri IRS (Retd.) Former Commissioner of Income Tax, GoI
Gourisankar Ghosh IAS (Retd.) Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water Mission, GoI
Hirak Ghosh IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Tuktuk Ghosh IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping & Tourism, GoI
Meena Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
Ravi Vira Gupta IAS (Retd.) Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India29. Deepa HariIRS (Resigned)
Vivek Harinarain IAS (Retd.) Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Sajjad Hassan IAS (Retd.) Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
Dr. M.A. Ibrahimi IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary (rank), Govt. of Bihar
Kamal Jaswal IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
Jagdish Joshi IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Maharashtra
Najeeb Jung IAS (Retd.)Former Lieutenant Governor, Delhi
K. John Koshy IAS (Retd.)Former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal
Ajai Kumar Indian Forest Service (Retd.) Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
Arun Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI
Brijesh Kumar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
Harsh Mander IAS (Retd.) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
Aditi Mehta IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
Shivshankar Menon IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary and Former National Security Adviser
Sonalini Mirchandani IFS (Resigned) GoI
Sunil Mitra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
Noor Mohammad IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India
Deb Mukharji IFS (Retd.) Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former Ambassador to Nepal
Shiv Shankar Mukherjee IFS (Retd.)Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Pranab S. Mukhopadhyay IAS (Retd.) Former Director, Institute of Port Management, GoI
Nagalswamy IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Accountant General, Tamil Nadu & Kerala
Amitabha Pande IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
Niranjan Pant IA&AS (Retd.) Former Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General of India
Alok Perti IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
T.R. Raghunandan IAS (Retd.) Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI
N.K. Raghupathy IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
J.P. Rai IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, National Skills Development Agency, GoI
V.P. Raja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
C. Babu Rajeev IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, GoI
M.Y. Rao IAS (Retd.)
Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd.) Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania
Aruna Roy IAS (Resigned)
Manabendra N. Roy IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Deepak Sanan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Shyam Saran IFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary and Former Chairman, National Security Advisory Board
N.C. Saxena IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
Ardhendu Sen IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Aftab Seth IFS (Retd.) Former Ambassador to Japan
Ashok Kumar Sharma IFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia
Navrekha Sharma IFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Indonesia
Pravesh Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
Raju Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Rashmi Shukla Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty IAS (Retd.) Former Vice Chancellor, Indian Maritime University, GoI
Rajdip Singh IPS (Retd.) Former Special Director General, Border Security Force, GoI
Sujatha Singh IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary, GoI
Tirlochan Singh IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, GoI
Jawhar Sircar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati
Narendra Sisodia IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
Thanksy Thekkekera IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Minorities Development, Govt. of Maharashtra
P.S.S. Thomas IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission
Geetha Thoopal IRAS (Retd.) Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata
Hindal Tyabji IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
Ramani Venkatesan IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra
Arvind Verma IPS (Resigned)
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