An open letter to Indian Administrative Service Officers:

An open letter to Indian Administrative Service Officers:

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Muneeb Mohammed started this petition to Indian Administrative Service Officers

The Preamble of the Indian Constitution

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith, and worship;
EQUALITY of status and opportunity;
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;

I often think of the fact that it was Indian people, Indian sepoys, Indian officers, who formed the basis of administration during the British Raj. Had the Indian servants of the British resisted with the rest of India, it is a very strong possibility that the backbone of the Raj would have been broken, and independence would come to India much earlier than it did. The British strategy, divide the people, one against another, get Indian working against Indian, worked well for them.
In present-day India, we see the same strategy, and it's working well for the present-day government, not British by skin, but the same mind, the same superiority being thrust on the rest of the population. And in this time too, the government is relying on its administrative staff to carry out its orders, just as did the British.

Each directive of the preamble to the constitution stands shredded today.

JUSTICE: The very fact that it is clear now that police has itself taken part in destroying property, tells us all that justice can no longer be expected of the people entrusted with keeping the peace.

LIBERTY: The widespread clamp-downs and suppression of protests, of people speaking against the government, the fact that many media outlets only trumpet the govt’s line. All of this adds to the degradation of liberties in India, certainly not to enhance it. Ironically, Section 144, a British time law, is in use today to further limit liberty.

EQUALITY: The core of the current protests. The constitution requires that all who come to India, all that is within it, be treated with an equal eye. The fact that now, a law within India has stripped that equality should not be acceptable to anyone.

FRATERNITY: When the above points have failed scrutiny, then really, there is no need to even say anything of the effect on the fraternity of all Indians. It has been eroded down to a minimum.

To my Indian brothers and sisters in Indian Administrative Service. Do you sincerely believe you serve the Indian Constitution when you do this govt’s bidding? Or are you the present-day sepoys of the British Indian Army. Politicians of questionable moral integrity and education have abused India for much too long. Join the protestors and resist this govt’s agenda of division and hatred. Organize, strike and do not go into work. It will send a strong message to the BJP govt that you are not going to become tools for their manipulation and expanding their injustice. I hope you will take our message and do what is necessary in this time of need.

Kind Regards,
Muneeb Mohammed.
Boston MA, USA.

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