In another shocking development, a serving IAS officer from Karnataka has resigned saying that ‘fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.’ Sasikanth Senthil was a deputy district commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district.
Apoligising to his people for suddenly discontinuing his job as a civil servant, Senthil said that ‘It simply cannot be business as usual anymore.’ In a letter to his friend shared on a WhatsApp group, Senthil wrote, “I have tendered my resignation from the IAS today (Friday). It is important to clarify that the decision is purely a personal one. It is in no way connected to anyone or any event in my current profile as Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district.”
His letter read, “I have taken this decision as I feel that it is unethical to continue as a civil servant when the fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.”
Senthil, a 2009 Karnataka cadre IAS officer, wrote, “I also feel the coming days will present challenges to the basic fabric of our nation and I would be better off outside the IAS to continue with my work at making life better for all.”
Senthil had taken charge of Dakshina Kannada district two years ago. His resignation comes just days after another IAS officer, Kannan Gopinathan, resigned criticising the government’s move to abrogate Article 370 and deny fundamental rights to lakhs of people in Jammu and Kashmir. Gopinathan, according to news agency PTI, held the post of Secretary of Power, Urban Development and Agriculture departments in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration.
In January, IAS officer Shah Faesal, who had been in the limelight since becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exam in 2009, resigned to protest the ‘unabated’ killings in Kashmir and the marginalisation of Indian Muslims. He subsequently formed a political party, the J&K Peoples Movement.