Banana Republic Kerala: Govt axes VC for criticising Rahul Gandhi

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Apparently Rahul Gandhi refused the invitation of Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala thrice about which this gentleman wrote an article.

    Kerala government axes vice-chancellor for criticising Rahul Gandhi

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has decided to sack IAS officer B Ashok from the post of vice-chancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University for writing an article recently in a vernacular daily where he criticized Rahul Gandhi's refusal thrice to accept invitations to visit Sivagiri Mutt.

    A note moved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, a copy of which is with TOI, said Ashok, "... not only breached provisions of All India Service (Conduct) Rules 1968 ... but also made mockery of senior political leaders and department heads".

    Incidentally, Ashok was removed from the same post earlier by the UDF government, also for writing an article, an act which was later termed "illegal, arbitrary and capricious" by High Court last year. He was reinstated in August 2012.

    When contacted, Ashok denied any knowledge of the government move. "I have not been informed or asked to clarify anything. I just hope that the university does not suffer in the process" he said.
     
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    Raj30 Senior Member Senior Member

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    I clicked the link ,the heading now says Axed for pro Modi remark but the content is same
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    No, no, I changed the title as there is no mention of Narendra Modi in the text of the news item.

    The heading of the news item was 'Kerala government axes vice-chancellor for pro-Modi remarks' only.
     
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    oh ok


    Ashok [email protected] 6m

    B Ashok , VC of a University in Tvm, praised Modi's development politics. Wrote riot took place under every political parties. Now sacked.
     
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    It's high time laws are put in place to insulate academic institutions from political interference of all hues -- left, right, and centrist.
     
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    This is nothing, keep electing Congress and commies and soon Kerala would have modern version of inquisition-cum-jihad in abrahamic 'god's own country'.
     
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    The situation in non-Cong, non-Left ruled states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have not been different as institutional safeguards have failed. What is necessary is to strengthen institutions.
    All political parties try to nibble away the institutional safeguards and that is what people have to guard against.
     
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    the political angle by government is wrong, but the government employees are not supposed to write articles in magazines and make political comments while in service. It is the rule.
    So prima facie it seems the action against government employee may be correct. He is also obviously politically motivated.
    The comments here are also political. Can someone comment about actual situation?
     
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    TrueSpirit Senior Member Senior Member

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    Yes, our pseudo-intellectual elites may want to harp on UP-Bihar & BIMARU theme but from what I have seen, minority appeasement & vote-bank politics being practiced in New Delhi (yes, you read it correct) & Southern states is equally widespread, reprehensible & inimical to the democratic institutions of nation.

    And yeah, forget Kerala, West Bengal & Assam. Things are much worse than mainstream media would like to admit & share. These 3 states are gone cases & things are going to be much worse (read, endemic violence over minor incidents). Expect more conflagrations on the line of Bodo-Muslims violence (2012) in these states. Powers-that be would ensure that this happens for gaining advantage of the demographic shifts in majority of their constituencies.

    Great going secular India.
     
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    To get a better perspective of how things might unravel (provide our polity continues its current flow), there is one highly recommended book:

    Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat by Dr. Peter Hammond

    To some, truth may be be uncomfortable or disconcerting. & while we may differ on some of his foretelling's (by citing, things are somewhat different in India), but no one can deny the statistics he cites & the pattern of events repeated in all countries world over.

    We have ample reasons to believe India is no different; in fact, on the contrary, we are more prone to these patterns.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    In Gujarat, riots occured under every Govt and they used to go on for a considerable period of time before being controlled.

    In 1969, Gujarat had the worst riot where 5000 Muslims were killed.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Have you read the book ? It seems to be by a Christian missionary to Africa.

    Frontline Fellowship - Books
     
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    Minority appeasement and vote bank politics happen everywhere. No specific region can claim copyright over that. It is a necessary evil of democracy.

    If not the minorities, in a single community situation, politicians will appease the section/sect that holds the critical electoral balance. It has nothing to do with secularism or otherwise.

    To me, the difference between the BIMAROU states and others have been the quality of administration and more significantly the quality of opposition.
     
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    TrueSpirit Senior Member Senior Member

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    Not in mature democracies. Not when the majority populace is well-informed, well connected, with a lower baggage of past & lower retribution mentality (for past wrongs). At least the degree/intensity is much lesser.

    For better opportunities, it happens to some extent there as well. But here, the scale & acceptance is much more, & the underlying [email protected] are dangerously different.

    Here, we are on same page.

    Well, not exactly. If you happen to do some more research on such comparisons, & refer to some of the ongoing developments. Bihar & MP are actually having way better administration & faster development (I mean, on the ground, not just the official statistics). It's just the 3-4 wasted decades for them & the early mover advantage that Southern states hold that still they are languishing on Net-HDI & GDP front. Rajasthan too, is on an upward trajectory.

    Orissa has been a slow-starter due to multitude of factors (read, environmental clearances/hinterland politics etc.)

    UP is decisively a gone case (despite its massive advantages) just like, W. Bengal, Kerala & Assam, albeit for somewhat different reasons though, such as: totally fractured polity marred by rampant retribution-mentality (in garb of social-justice), too many interest groups working against each other, but overall working together to state's detriment, massive demographic inversion in several constituencies (not shift, but inversion) & the resultant demographic dividend that all politicians are vying to garner, absent infrastructure & policies that ensure it remains so. The frequent riots are a testimony to what UP is going through. Non-goon citizenry in UP has almost given up on it & chosen reconciliation with its fate.

    On a parting note, that UP is a gone case devoid of much hope, is a huge understatement, irrespective of what official statistics might try to convey you.

    One faint glimmer of hope I see though: If Bihar can be improved (especially, law & order+infrastructure), UP stands a better chance.

    To understand UP better, we need to go somewhat deeper in history & that calls for a separate thread. I would start one shortly.
     
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    Yes, parts of it. Only the relevant/interesting portions, not the typical missionary propaganda.

    He exaggerates at places, has limited sense of world-view, possesses only superficial understanding of history & derives question-able conclusions; but nevertheless, he also has an acute observation, extensive field experience & does not dither in referring spade a spade (reporting things as he saw). At least, one has to give him that much.

    Don't agree with him much, but for the statistics & establishing their co-relation with developments in respective nations.

    Can't be ignored just to sound politically correct. Anyway, to each one his own.
     
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    Press council of India Mr. Katju can have political bias.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    This is what the guy said in his article.

    Remarks on Narendra Modi visit land Kerala varsity V-C in trouble

    Remarks in an article in a local daily on the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by the Kerala Veterinary University Vice-Chancellor and IAS officer, B Ashok, has landed him in trouble with state government initiating steps to remove him.

    The 1988 batch officer, in an article titled 'What if Modi visits Shivagiri', had questioned the protests by political parties in the state against Modi's visit to Shivagiri Mutt in Varkala. The article was published a few days after Modi's Kerala visit.

    "It is indeed true that Gujarat riots were avoidable and the state government did not effectively prevent the killings. But such "genocidal" riots did follow the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 in New Delhi... If we hold that Modi must not be welcomed, we must keep in mind that Shivagiri Mutt did not hold it against Rajiv, Sonia or Prime Ministers that rioting happened during their tenure. Selective boycott of Modi reveals double standards," he wrote in the article.

    Criticising the reported refusal of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to attend the mutt function, he wrote, "it reveals his advisers who are management gurus and technocrats and shows that his sociological advisory needed strengthening".

    He also wrote that "if he (Rahul) aspires national leadership, he would have done well to make a learned speech on the vision of Sree Narayana Guru at Shivagiri".

    Incidentally, Ashok had lost the same post in 2011 and was reinstated on the orders of the high court when he wrote in a newspaper article that IAS officers were like the 10 incarnations (of Lord Vishnu). He said Kerala IAS officers were managing several departments without doing justice to any of them.

    Minister for Animal Husbandry, K P Mohanan, said Ashok had violated the service rules and the government has taken steps to remove him. The chief secretary has been asked to seek explanation from him. "Ashok has no right to make such a comment on Rahul Gandhi or raise questions about Modi visit. He is appointed to do the job of VC and should confine to his role,'' said Mohanan.

    Meanwhile, Ashok said he was yet to get any notice from the government and that the article did not violate service (conduct) rules.
     

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