Over 80 retired Civil Servants have written a strong open letter on the issue of killing of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr two weeks ago. The letter was signed by former foreign secretaries like Sujatha Singh and Shyam Saran, and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, and other retired IFS, IAS and IPS officers- called for the resignation of the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who they claim “openly flaunts his bigotry”.
In the letter, the former bureaucrats said that “the mob violence in Bulandshahr, which led to the cold-blooded murder of a police officer marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times.”
Felt sorry for the state’s administrative system, the top former government officers said that “In UP, fundamental principles of governance, of constitutional ethics and of humane social conduct stand perverted. The Chief Minister acts like a high priest of the agenda of bigotry. Hooliganism and thuggery have been mainstreamed into governance. The murder of Subodh Kumar Singh was a deliberate attempt to display majoritarian muscle and send a message to the Muslim communities living in the region.”
They don’t even spare PM Modi as the letter reads, “Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns, maintains stony silence… 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… We demand the resignation of the Chief Minister.”
The ex-bureaucrats further reminded that 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.”