The Indian Express, Government accuses former IAS officer who quit over Kashmir issue of ‘insubordination’, He hits back

 In a series of tweets, Gopinathan came down heavily on the home ministry and said that he wished he could influence union minister Amit Shah over the Kashmir issue.

New Delhi – India, 06 November 2019. Former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who quit from service in August over “denial of freedom of expression to the people of Jammu and Kashmir”, Wednesday claimed that a ‘chargesheet’ has been filed against him by the Home Ministry.

In a series of tweets, Gopinathan came down heavily on the Home Ministry and said he wished he could influence Union Minister Amit Shah over the Kashmir issue. The ‘chargesheet’ accuses him of “adopting dilatory tactics in the discharge of his official duties and displaying insubordination”.

Taking a dig at the recent police-lawyers clash at Tis Hazari court, he said, “I know it must be tough as you are unable to manage what’s happening between lawyers and police right under your nose.” Acknowledging the receipt of the chargesheet, Gopinathan said he doesn’t want to trouble Home Minister Amit Shah in his “weak time”.

He also shared the first page of the memo for departmental inquiry which was given after two months of him submitting resignation.

Mocking the contents of the memo, he said, “Here it is warning me to not bring any political influence. Who is capable of politically influencing @HMOIndia other than @AmitShah. Now if only I could influence him. But let me try anyway. Sir, please restore fundamental rights in Kashmir.”

In another tweet, Gopinathan listed out the charges framed against him.

These are the charges. Same as the memo.

1. Did not put up file in time
2. Did not complete underground cabling project in time
3. Did not submit tour report for relief work in Kerala
4. Did not apply for PM excellence award
5. Submitting file directly to Administrator

Scary!” he wrote.

Gopinathan said that the authorities were upset with him as he did not continue in Daman after his resignation. Mocking the administration, he said, “Fakeer aadmi hu na ab. Jhola uthake chal pada. Fakeeri yaad hoga.”

He also offered to give “pro-bono” services to Daman Administration if it still needs help.

In the chargesheet, Gopinathan has been accused of creating an adverse image” of the Government of India because of his interaction with the media.

“It is your actions that create such an image. Not my interactions. But good to know that you have been watching them. Slowly you will learn about fundamental rights.” he added.

Towards the end of his Twitter thread, Gopinathan posted his reply to the charges framed against him.

G Kannan, a 2012-batch IAS officer hailing from Kerala who held the post of secretary of key departments like power and non-conventional energy sources in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration, had quit in August.

After submitting his resignation, 2012-batch IAS officer claimed he took the decision because he wanted to express his views against the “denial of freedom of expression” in Kashmir.

“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,” Kannan Gopinathan had said in an interview to indianexpress.com.

Govt accuses former IAS officer who quit over Kashmir issue of ‘insubordination’, he hits back

Sikh24.com – By branding Kartarpur corridor as Pakistan’s design, Captain is backstabbing Panth, says Dal Khalsa

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 05 November 2019. Commemorating the genocidal week of Delhi carnage, the Dal Khalsa today held a public meet to deliberate on what they called politics of genocide being perpetuated by Indian mainstream parties against minorities since November 1984.

Representatives of SAD (Amritsar), United Akali Dal and Students for Society (SFS) participated in the meet to pay homage to the victims of the attempted genocide and express their concerns on Indian government’s fascist agenda.

Speakers were of the view that in the aftermath of Delhi massacre, while the Sikh community was struggling to get justice for the victims, the Indian state sharpens its edges to repeat the mayhem in a different format in Gujarat, Orissa and Kashmir.

The speakers were apprehensive that the Supreme Court decision after two weeks on Babri Masjid case might trigger another rioting against Muslims.

Prominent among those who took part in the deliberations include human rights activist Advocate Amar Singh Chahal, writer Jaspal Singh Sidhu, Punjab University student leader Kanupriya and Harman, Rajinder Singh of Khalsa Panchayat and Mandhir Singh.

They were of firm belief that had the perpetrators of November 1984 massacre duly punished, the horrific events of Gujarat in 2002 and Orissa in 2008 would not have occurred.

The gathering adopted a condolence resolution on the passing away of Professor S A R Geelani of Delhi University describing him true and valuable friend of Sikh cause and strong voice of Kashmir’s freedom struggle.

Describing the 1984 killings as ‘genocide of Sikhs’, Dal Khalsa president Harpal Singh Cheema said that whenever injustice went unpunished and the perpetrators of crime were rewarded with cabinet posts, the terrible beast of communalism is revived in more horrific ways.

He urged the UN, under the new Secretary General, Mr António Guterres to wake up to reality that India, the land of Gandhi is a hate-filled, intolerant society with a political climate detrimental to a large cross section of society, especially regional identities, minorities and nationalities, said the head of pro-freedom Sikh group.

Party’s senior leader H S Dhami said Indian media and politicians deliberately describe the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984 as “riots.” The anti-Sikh violence of 1984 was not a riot. The massacres were not spontaneous, anomalous or disorganized, said he.

Party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh while speaking on the occasion said November 1984 carnage in Delhi remains one of the blots on Indian democracy. Another blot is abrogation of Article 370 and holding and paralyzing lives of millions of Kashmiris on gunpoint.

He further said the issue of the orchestrated visit of far-right members of the European Parliament to Kashmir, a move meant to hoodwink world community that has backfired internationally. It’s Modi’s disastrous PR exercise.

Praises were showered on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan for fulfilling the long cherished desire of Sikhs. “Kartarpur corridor is going to be reality in next 72 hours and credit goes to Imran.

The organizers thanked Imran government for taking initiative and forcing the Modi Government to fall in line and accomplish the project. Left to New Delhi, our people would have been still praying for darshan deedare,” said he.

Coming down heavily on Captain Amarinder Singh for branding Kartarpur corridor as Pakistan’s new design, Narien Singh said Punjab CM is suffering from ISI phobia. While PM Narendra Modi is claiming the credit for corridor on one hand, and on other Amarinder is calling it Pakistan’s trap.

The gathering wondered as what was stopping Government of India in releasing the Sikh political prisoners who have completed their life sentence. The announcement to this regard was made fifteen days earlier citing goodwill gesture by Union Govt on the sacred occasion of 550th Guru Nanak’s Parkash Purab but in reality none has been released till date.

Amrik Singh Ballowal from Akali Dal Amritsar, Gurdeep Singh Bhatinda of UAD said although 35 years have now passed, justice still eludes the aggrieved community and perpetrators are roaming freely.

By branding Kartarpur corridor as Pakistan’s design, Captain is backstabbing Panth, says Dal Khalsa

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The Telegraph – Sikh separatists feature in Pakistan’s video on Kartarpur

The video featured Damdami Taksal chief Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his military adviser Shabeg Singh, who were kiled in Operation Blue Star

Lahore – Panjab – India, 06 November 2019. Three Sikh separatist leaders, including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his military adviser Shabeg Singh, who were killed during the Operation Blue Star in 1984 have featured in an official video released by the Pakistan government on the Kartarpur corridor, triggering a controversy.

The video was released on Monday just days ahead of the inauguration ceremony of the much-awaited corridor, which will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan, just 4 kilometres from the International Border.

The video also showed a poster by a banned pro-Khalistani group, Sikhs for Justice, which is pushing for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda.

Bhindranwale was the head of Sikh religious sect Damdami Taksal. He was killed by the security forces in the Operation Blue Star in 1984. He is alleged to be the mascot of the Khalistan movement in which thousands of people were killed.

Shabeg Singh, a general in the Indian army, joined the Khalistani movement in 1984 after he was stripped of his rank and court-martialled on charges of corruption just before his retirement. Singh, believed to be Bhindranwale’s military adviser, was also killed in the operation.

During the Kartarpur corridor talks, India had conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the project.

Notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties over Kashmir, Pakistan and India after tough negotiations signed a landmark agreement last week to operationalise the historic Kartarpur Corridor to allow Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.

The two countries decided that 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine everyday and that additional pilgrims will be allowed on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion of facilities by the Pakistani side.

India and Pakistan have also decided that the corridor will be operational through the year and seven days a week and that pilgrims, except kids and elderly persons, will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/sikh-separatists-feature-in-pakistan-s-video-on-kartarpur/cid/1717345

The Hindu – ‘Kartarpur model’ may help resolve future conflicts: Manmohan Singh

“Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for lasting resolution of conflicts,” says the former Prime Minister.

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 06 November 2019. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hoped the “Kartarpur model” might help in resolving future conflicts, as he and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed a special session of the Punjab Assembly to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu too said a new world of peace and sustainable development could be founded if teachings of the Sikh Guru were integrated in daily lives.

“Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for lasting resolution of conflicts,” the former PM said.

The Kartarpur corridor, scheduled to be opened on November 9, links the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur of Indian Punjab.

The former PM also appealed to take forward the message of mutual love and respect propagated by the Sikhism founder to ensure an equitable society.

“Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s eternal message of oneness of god, religious tolerance and peace can pave the way to end sectarian violence”, Mr Singh said, adding that it was the biggest challenge faced by the world.

“Punjab is Guru Nanak Devji’s karmabhoomi. How will we keep Guru Nanak Devji’s legacy alive if its youth is wasted with drugs, water is becoming poisonous and women are being disrespected. It is the most crucial question on his 550th birth anniversary,” Mr Singh added.

Addressing the session, the Vice-President described Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev as one of India’s most democratic spiritual leaders. Mr Naidu said his vision was timeless and “had as much relevance today as it was when it was expounded five centuries ago”.

Mr Naidu, who started his address in Punjabi, said, “It is quite appropriate that this temple of democracy is dedicating a special session to one of India’s most democratic spiritual leaders.”

“Guru Nanak ji belongs to the long illustrious tradition of India’s visionary spiritual leaders who have illumined human existence and greatly enriched the country’s cultural capital,” said Mr. Naidu, adding that the Guru saw what ordinary people could not.

“They enrich people’s lives through their insights and ideas. In fact, that is the meaning of the word ‘guru’ A guru is one who provides illumination, dispels doubts and shows the path,” he said, adding that for the first Sikh Guru, differences and multiple identities based on caste, creed, religion and language were irrelevant.

“Our world view has been continually broadened by timeless messages of enlightened pathfinders like Guru Nanakji. We, as democratic political leaders, and even as common citizens, have so much to learn from the teachings of this great personality,” Mr. Naidu said.

The vice president further said, “If we can internalise and integrate these messages in our daily lives and reshape our thinking and actions, we can certainly discover a new world of peace and sustainable development,”.

He said the respect for women and gender equality was another important lesson to be learnt from Guru Nanak Dev’s life.

“This spirit of equality began with Guru Nanak Dev’s clear recognition that there is no distinction between a Hindu and Muslim. For him, no country was foreign and no people were alien,” said the Vice-President.

He said it was worth noting that Guru Nanak initiated an inter-faith dialogue way back in the 16th century AD.

“The world needs such spiritual leaders, who can engage in a meaningful dialogue to exchange ideas in order to promote peace, stability and cooperation,” said Mr Naidu. Mr Naidu also said Guru Nanak Dev insisted on earning one’s livelihood by hard work.

“Work, worship and share (kirt karo, naam japo and vand chhako) was the motto he placed before his disciples. Earn by honest labour and share the earnings with the needy,” said Mr Naidu.

Underlining the message of Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh too stressed the need to protect nature so that future generations do not suffer from environmental pollution.

Recalling the Guru’s thought “pavan guru, pani pita, mata dharat mahat” (air is the guru, water the father, and earth the mother), the Chief Minister underlined the intrinsic bond between the nature and mankind.

This ideology needed to be preserved in letter and spirit to ensure that future generations did not suffer from environmental pollution, as evident from the prevailing air pollution in the entire northern region, including the national capital, said Mr. Singh.

He appealed to everyone to preserve the nature and natural resources to make Punjab clean, green and pollution free in line with the Guru’s philosophy by making the optimal use of groundwater, diversifying into less water-intensive crops and stop burning paddy straw besides checking the use of chemical fertilisers.

Earlier, the session started with MLAs and MPs from Punjab and Haryana taking part in it.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, Punjab and Haryana Governors, VP Singh Badnore and Satyadev Narayan Arya, also attended the special session.

It is for the first time after the carving of Haryana out of Punjab in 1966 that legislators of both states sat together in the Punjab assembly for this special event.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kartarpur-model-may-help-resolve-future-conflicts-manmohan-singh/article29900646.ece