Ex-IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who had resigned in August as a protest against the denial of "freedom of expression" to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, took to Twitter on Tuesday, 15 October, to slam the government over the situation in the region more than two months after the effective abrogation of Article 370, as he called for fellow citizens to tape their mouths in protest.
"It has been 70 days since an entire population in our country has been shut. It was only after 69 days that even basic mobile communication was restored partially. If we are to be mute spectators to all this, let's be that in a proper way," Gopinathan wrote in a Twitter post.
Slamming the government, Gopinathan sought to counter the various narratives that have been put forward to justify the stripping away of the state's special status and the putting in place of virtual security and community lockdown.
To all those who say it is to save lives, let me tell you a government which can't ensure both life and liberty for its people, and has to ask them to choose one, is highly incompetent and unfit to govern.— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) October 15, 2019
It is better that they resign and go rather than give such arguments.
To those who ask what about Kashmiri Pandits, yes exactly Government, what about Kashmiri Pandits.— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) October 15, 2019
A government which has not been able to resettle Kashmiri Pandits till now and has now alienated the rest of the Kashmiris as well is both incompetent and dangerous for country.
"... a government which can't ensure both life and liberty for its people, and has to ask them to choose one, is highly incompetent and unfit to govern. It is better that they resign and go rather than give us arguments," Gopinathan argued.
All who feel that we need to stand by our fellow citizens, let's tape our mouth on 19th Oct, that is 75 days of this, for 75 minutes or any time we are comfortable, gather at any place, or do it individually. Do we have even 10 concerned citizens? #ShutMyMouthToo #RegainYourVoice— Kannan Gopinathan (@naukarshah) October 15, 2019
The situation in Kashmir post the revocation of Article 370 continues to be volatile, as the police on Tuesday detained half a dozen women activists, including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah during a protest.
While postpaid cellular service connections were restored in Kashmir on 14 October, curbs on SMS services were reimposed. The subscribers will also have to wait for some more time for internet services to resume in the Valley, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal had told reporters.
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