TDN World Desk: To register his voice of dissent against the crackdown in Kashmir IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan resigned from service. Now he tours city to city across the country to make people aware of their social and political rights.
Speaking in a public rally in Bengal, Kannan asked people to refrain from the National Register of Citizens documentation process in order to abort it. According to him NRC is a “frivolous” and to reject NRC boycotting the documentation procedure is the best way.
Kerala-born Gopinathan rose to prominence during Kerala flood. And after abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir he resigned to protest curb in ” freedom of expression” in Kashmir. Gopinathan, former secretary of power, urban development and agriculture departments in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration, tendered resignation on August 21that triggered a national controversy of sorts.
“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 to substantiate his stand to quit government service.
At present, Kannan Gopinathan roams city to city making people aware of their rights. While speaking in an anti-NRC program, he said, ”
We have lost our habit to question. And NRC is being carried out to put a full-stop to our questioning habit. You have the right to question as our a citizen. If you are stripped of your citizenship, how you will be able to question?
Terming NRC an anti-poor and anti-muslim, Gopinathan said, ” To prove their citizenship people have to show 50 years’ old documents. This is an erroneous logic. It is unacceptable.”
From his experience in service Gopinathan said that he personally observed that, unlike the economically stable families, the poor and underprivileged families fail to preserve their documents. If any calamity befalls, it is the poor who are exposed to maximum damages. NRC is a conspiracy to make the poor people homeless, he opined.
Gopinathan also slammed the central government for its communal stance on NRC. He said, Central Government is assuring Hindu and non-Muslims that, their citizenship will be given back, if excluded from NRC. Union Home Minister said that the Muslims have to leave the country as
” illegal immigrants”. But, his statement doesn’t match the experience in Assam.
On Friday, All India People’s Forum hosted a meeting on the topic ” NRC: A Disaster and its Prevention”.
Gopinathan was also present there and delivered his speech as a guest. The programme was held at Bhupesh Bhawan, state head-office of CPI.