Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,
SamirBuilding,Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782
The Honourable Chief Secretary
Govt. of Karnataka
It is with great sorrow that we have to place on record the outrageous behaviour in public of two high-ranking public servants, namely the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district and the Mangalore City Police Commissioner. The details are as follows:
The above-named public servants had attended a flood-lit sports meet held on the 11th of this month at the Shri Rama Vidya Kendra at Kalladka (Bantwal Taluk). The head of this school is Mr. Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat who is also the ‘Dakshin Madhya Kshetriya Sampark Pramukh’ of RSS, the mother organization of Sangh Parivar. As you are no doubt aware, RSS is an out and out communal organization known to be favoring one particular community and having the specific agenda of turning the Indian republic into a “Hindu Rashtra” and forever spewing venom against members of the minority communities. It has been banned twice in the past for its anti-national activities, once after Gandhiji’s assassination and the second time during the emergency. You must also be aware that saffron flags and saffron shawls are the official symbols of all Sangh Parivar outfits. The above-named public servants not only chose to wear the saffron shawls offered to them but also sat on the dais with other invitees sporting similar shawls. These two officials, by seemingly associating themselves with such a group as RSS, have violated the condition that no public servant should be seen to be associated with any particular group favouring one particular community or known to have links to any political party.
In this connection, we would like to narrate another incident which had taken place during the recent Dasara festival. A banner and a welcome arch in the name of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had been put up at Ullal (a suburb of Mangalore) in connection with Dasara celebrations. Now everyone knows that Ms Thakur is a suspected terrorist involved in the Malegaonblasts and that she is a member of Bajrang Dal, which is a part of the Sangh Parivar. The banner had huge pictures of Ms Thakur and that of Lord Krishna and it eulogized her with quotations from the Gita which said “Yada yadahi dharmasya glanirbhavatu bharata………” The words “Om Shakti Friends Circle” were printed at the top of the banner. The location of the arch and banner was close to the Ullal police station. But, for nearly three days the authorities had not taken any action. When questioned by the media, the Mangalore City Police Commissioner had replied that the matter had been brought to his notice and he had directed the officials to take suitable action in this regard. But when asked whether prior permission had been obtained for the banner, the Commissioner did not reply. To the best of our knowledge and belief, no action has been taken on this matter till now.
There appears to be an indirect but pointed message to the minorities here, that the top officials of the district are seemingly biased in favour of the majority community. Consequently there is a heightened feeling of insecurity among the minority communities. The district is already notorious for being a communal cauldron with a terrible record of communal riots, attacks against minorities, moral policing etc, etc. The minorities, especially the poor amongst them, have been virtually living in a state of fear for the past several years. Given this situation, such atrocious and objectionable behaviour by supposedly responsible public servants has shocked the people of the district. Quite naturally, the people are expressing serious misgivings about constitutional governance and rule of law in the district.
The above-named authorities have committed an extremely serious violation of law and service regulations. They seem to have no regard for the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme. We therefore condemn the constitutional impropriety and totally unpardonable behaviour on the part of these two public servants and demand that in the larger public interest they should be immediately suspended and necessary legal action should be taken against them.
Suresh Bhat Bakrabail Place: Mangalore
(President) Date: 17th December, 2011
Enclosures: photocopies of the two relevant reports published in local newspapers.