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CAA & NPR Will Trigger Corruption & Hatred Among Communities, Says Former IAS Officer

Gopinathan quit the IAS last year, saying the people of Jammu and Kashmir were being denied freedom of expression after the abrogation of the special status for the state under Article 370.

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Updated:January 29, 2020, 6:28 PM IST
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CAA & NPR Will Trigger Corruption & Hatred Among Communities, Says Former IAS Officer
File photo of former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan.

Jaipur: Bureaucrat-turned-activist Kannan Gopinathan on Wednesday slammed the combination and the chronology of the CAA, NPR and NRC, saying their implementation will contribute to corruption and hatred in the country.

The CAA, NPR and NRC are exercises of hatred, exercises of corruption, he told reporters here. The farther the process continues, the more hatred it will create, he added.

Gopinathan quit the IAS last year, saying the people of Jammu and Kashmir were being denied freedom of expression after the abrogation of the special status for the state under Article 370.

The CAA is against constitutional and secular values and, therefore, the people are opposing it, he said, criticising the amended citizenship law.

He also criticised the planned implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The NPR and the NRC are document-based exercises which are against the poor, tribals and women, and will also encourage corruption, he said. The people have understood the combination of CAA, NPR and NRC and the chronology of implementing the decisions.

He suggested that a section of the people may be helped by the CAA while others could be termed intruders if they do not produce the required documents during the NPR and NRC exercises.

The CAA fast-tracks citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Parsis and Buddhists who entered the country before 2015 from three neighbouring countries following religious prosecution. Muslims don't figure in the list.

Gopinathan said the people and different state governments have indicated their opposition to the CAA, NPR and NRC, and it is now for the Centre to take a call on the issue.

He questioned the reasoning behind choosing only three neighbouring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan -- and making religion the basis for granting citizenship, which he said was against constitutional values.

Gopinathan said people who question the government are being targeted and given tags.

If an urban intellectual raises a question, he is called an urban naxal. Students are called `tukde tukde gang'. If he is a Muslim, he is termed a terrorist. If poor, he is called a Maoist and if a Hindu poses a question, he is called anti-national.

Gopinathan said the Centre took the decision on Article 370 without any consultation with the Kashmiri people and deprived them of their freedom of expression.

He said people in the rest of the country did not stand with them. There was an awful silence over the issue and therefore I decided to quit. We should have stood by the Kashmiri people, he said.

Gopinathan said instead of accepting the resignation, the government has issued him a memo which says that by talking to the media he has created an adverse image of the country and the government.

He said that the government wants to dismiss him instead of accepting his resignation.

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