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01-12-17-ਏ ਅਖਰ ਖਿਰਿ ਜਾਹਿਗੇ ਓਇ ਅਖਰ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹਿ
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    ਏ ਅਖਰ ਖਿਰਿ ਜਾਹਿਗੇ ਓਇ ਅਖਰ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹਿ
           ਪਾਠਕ ਅਤੇ ਲੈਖਕ ਵੀਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ
               ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ
               ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ
   ਏਦਾਂ ਜਾਪਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਲੇਖਕ ਵੀਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਸਬੰਧਿਤ ਲਿਖਤਾਂ (ਭਾਵੇਂ ਉਹ ਠੀਕ ਹੋਣ ਜਾਂ ਗਲਤ) ਛਪੀਆਂ ਹੀ ਚੰਗੀਆਂ ਲਗਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਸੁਭਾਵਕ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਰੁਚੀ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੀ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਜ਼ਰਾ ਖਿਆਲ ਕਰਿਆ ਕਰੋ ਕਿ ਜੋ ਲਿਖਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਛਪੀ, ਉਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਮੁੜ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਕਰ ਲੈਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਆਮ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀਰ/ਭੈਣ ਨਾਲ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਉਹ ਕਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਕਿ, ਜੋ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਹਿੰਦੇ ਹੋ ਉਹ ਵੀ ਠੀਕ ਹੀ ਜਾਪਦਾ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਜੋ ਮੈਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ, ਬਹੁਤੇ ਲੋਕ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਮੰਨਦੇ ਹਨ, ਸੋ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਮੇਰੀ ਲਿਖਤ ਜ਼ਰੂਰ ਛਾਪ ਦੇਵੋ।ਦੱਸੋ ਇਹ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਕ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਦੇ ਕਈ ਅਰਥ ਕੀਤੇ ਹੋਣ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਸਾਰੇ ਠੀਕ ਹੋਣ ?    ਫਿਰ ਉਹ ਪੁਰਾਣੀਆਂ ਲਿਖਤਾਂ ਦੇ ਹਵਾਲੇ ਦੇ ਕੇ ਆਪਣੀ ਗੱਲ ਠੀਕ ਸਾਬਤ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ ਵੀ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਜੋ ਕਿ ਠੀਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ। ਮੈਂ ਪੁਰਾਣੀਆਂ ਲਿਖਤਾਂ ਵਿਚਲੀਆਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਤਿਕਾਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ ਜੋ ਠੀਕ ਹਨ, ਜੋ ਗੱਲ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਗਲਤ ਜਾਪੇ ਮੈਂ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਸਮਝਣ ਦਾ ਉਪਰਾਲਾ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ, ਜੇ ਉਹ ਗੱਲ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਚੰਗੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਸਮਝ ਆ ਜਾਵੇ, ਫਿਰ ਮੈਂ ਉਸ ਤੇ ਡੱਟ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹਾਂ, ਉਸ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਵਿਚ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਜਿੰਨੇ ਮਰਜ਼ੀ ਵਿਦਵਾਨ ਖੜੇ ਹੋਣ।
       ਇਸ ਦਾ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਮੈਂ ਇਕ ਹੱਡ-ਬੀਤੀ ਦੱਸਦਾ ਹਾਂ।
  ਗੱਲ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਿਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਹੈ, ਜਦ ਮੈਂ ‘ਸਪੋਕਸਮੈਨ’ ਅਖਬਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਗੁਬਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਸਰਲ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਸੀ, “ਆਸਾ ਕੀ ਵਾਰ” ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਪੂਰੀ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਸੀ, ਸ. ਜੋਗਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਕਹਿਣ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ “ਜਪੁ” ਬਾਣੀ ਦੀਆਂ 4/5 ਪਉੜੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਹੀ ਹੋਈ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਜੋਗਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਹੋਇਆ ‘ਕੱਲ ਤੋਂ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰੋਗੇ, ਸ. ਮਹਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰਨਗੇ। ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਵਲੋਂ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਅਤੇ ਪੂਰੀ ਵੀ ਹੋ ਗਈ। 2/3 ਦਿਨ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਹੁਕਮ ਹੋਇਆ ਕਿ “ਜਪੁ” ਬਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕਰੋ, ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪਸੰਦ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਈ। ਮੈਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਸੰਭਵ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਮੇਰੇ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰਨਾ ਤਾਂ ਠੀਕ ਸੀ, ਉਹ ਮੇਰੇ ਵੱਡੇ ਭਰਾ ਹਨ, ਪਰ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਮੇਰਾ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰਨਾ, ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਨਿਰਾਦਰੀ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ।
ਦੋ-ਤਿੰਨ ਦਿਨ ਇਹ ਗੱਲ ਅਟਕੀ ਰਹੀ, ਫਿਰ ਸ.ਜੋਗਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਕਹਿ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਕਿ ਮੇਰਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਤੁਸੀਂ “ਜਪੁ” ਬਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰੋ।ਹੁਣ ਮਜਬੂਰੀ ਸੀ, ਹਾਂ ਕਰਨੀ ਹੀ ਪਈ, ਜਦੋਂ ਮੈਂ ਦਫਤਰ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਉੱਠ ਕੇ ਬਾਹਰ ਜਾਣ ਲੱਗਾ ਤਾਂ ਸ, ਜੋਗਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਬਚਨ ਸੁਣਾਈ ਦਿੱਤੇ, ‘ਪਹਿਲੇ ਵਾਲੀਆਂ ਗਲਤੀਆਂ ਹੁਣ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਨੀਆਂ’ ਮੇਰੇ ਕੰਨ ਖੜੇ ਹੋਏ, ਮੈਂ ਪੁੱਛ ਲਿਆ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਕਿਹੜੀਆਂ ਗਲਤੀਆਂ ਹਨ ? ਤਾਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਚੀ ਕਿ ਤੁਸੀਂ
ਕਰਮੀ ਆਵੈ ਕਪੜਾ ਨਦਰੀ ਮੋਖੁ ਦੁਆਰੁ॥”
ਵਿਚ ‘ਕਪੜਾ’ ਦੇ ਅਰਥ ‘ਇੱਜ਼ਤ’ ਕੀਤੇ ਸਨ ਜਦ ਕਿ ਸਾਰੇ ਵਿਦਵਾਨ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ‘ਸਰੀਰ’ ਮੰਨਦੇ ਹਨ। ਮੈਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਸਰਦਾਰ ਜੀ ਭਾਵੇਂ 100 ਵਿਚੋਂ 110 ਵੀ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ‘ਸਰੀਰ’ ਮੰਨਣ ਪਰ ਮੈਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਮੰਨਦਾ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਮੈਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਚੰਗੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਸਮਝਿਆ ਹੈ, ਜੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਦੋ ਮਿੰਟ ਦਾ ਸਮਾ ਹੋਵੇ ਤਾ ਮੈਂ ਇਸ ਦਾ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਕਰਾਂ, ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਮੈਂ ਸਮਝਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਵਿਚ ਸੇਧ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਚੰਗੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਨ ਨਾਲ ਕਪੜਾ ਮਿਲਦਾ ਹੈ, ਅਤੇ ਕਰਮ ਸਰੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਹੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ, ਜੇ ਸਰੀਰ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਕਰਮ ਕਰ ਕੇ ਫਿਰ ਸਰੀਰ ਹੀ ਮਿਲਣ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਇਸ ਦਾ ਕੀ ਅਰਥ ਹੋਇਆ ?  ਇਸ ਵਿਚ ਸਮਝਾਇਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਚੰਗੇ ਕਰਮ ਕਰਨ ਨਾਲ ਇੱਜ਼ਤ ਤਾਂ ਮਿਲਦੀ ਹੈ,  ਪਰ ਜੇ ਇਹ ਸੋਚੋਂ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਮੁਕਤੀ ਮਿਲ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਸੰਭਵ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ, ਮੁਕਤੀ ਤਾਂ ਕਰਤਾਰ ਦੀ ਨਦਰ, ਬਖਸ਼ਿਸ਼, ਰਹਿਮਤ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਮਿਲਣੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਦਾ ਜਵਾਬ ਸ. ਜੋਗਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਕੋਲ ਕੁਝ ਨਹੀਂ ਸੀ।
(ਨੋਟ:- ਮੈਂ ਏਥੇ ਇਹ ਵੀ ਖੁਲਾਸਾ ਕਰ ਦਿਆਂ ਕਿ ਸ. ਮਹਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਅਰਥ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕਿਉਂ ਪਸੰਦ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਏ ਸੀ? ਅਸਲ ਵਿਚ ਜੋਸ਼ ਜੀ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਦੇ ਅਰਥ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਆਦੀ ਸਨ, ਸੋ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ “ਜਪੁ” ਬਾਣੀ ਦੇ ਅਰਥ ਹੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਸੀ, ਜੋ ਬਿਲਕੁਲ ਠੀਕ ਸੀ। ਅਰਥਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੀਆਂ ਗੱਲਾਂ ਅਣ-ਸੁਲਝੀਆਂ ਹੀ ਰਹਿ ਜਾਂਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਮੈਂ ਸਰਲ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਗੱਲ ਅਣ-ਸੁਲਝੀ ਨਾ ਰਹੇ, ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਆਦਤ, ਮੇਰੀ “ਆਸਾ ਕੀ ਵਾਰ” ਰਾਹੀਂ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪੈ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਸੀ)
  ਇਵੇਂ ਇਹ ਜ਼ਰੂਰੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਿ ਜੇ ਇਕ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਦੇ ਹਜ਼ਾਰਾਂ ਵਿਦਵਾਨ ਇਕ ਹੀ ਅਰਥ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਉਹ ਜ਼ਰੂਰ ਠੀਕ ਹੀ ਹੋਣ, ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦੀ ਕਸਵੱਟੀ ਤੇ ਪਰਖ ਕੇ ਹੀ ਅਰਥ ਠੀਕ ਜਾਂ ਗਲਤ ਮੰਨੇ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ। ਕੁਝ ਸਾਲ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਭਗਤ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੀ ਦੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਲੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ
ਏ ਅਖਰ ਖਿਰਿ ਜਾਹਿਗੇ ਓਇ ਅਖਰ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹਿ॥1॥
ਦੇ ਅਰਥਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਵਾਦ ਖੜਾ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ, ਕਾਫੀ ਵਿਚਾਰ-ਵਟਾਂਦਰਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ, ਪਰ ਸ਼ਾੲਦ ਗੱਲ ਕਿਸੇ ਬੰਨੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਲੱਗੀ ਸੀ, ਜਾਂ ਸ਼ਾਇਦ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਨਾ ਹੋਈ ਹੋਵੇ, ਜੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀਰ ਭੈਣ ਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੋਈ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਹੋਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਉਹ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਜ਼ਰੂਰ ਖਬਰ ਕਰੇ, ਧੰਨਵਾਦੀ ਹੋਵਾਂਗਾ।
 ਹੁਣ ਗੱਲ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਮੂਲ-ਮੁੱਦੇ ਦੀ, ਵੈਬਸਾਈਟ (www.thekhalsa.org ) ਤੇ ਇਕ ਦੋ ਦਿਨਾਂ ‘ਚ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਸ਼ਬਦ
ਏ ਅਖਰ ਖਿਰਿ ਜਾਹਿਗੇ ਓਇ ਅਖਰ ਇਨ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹਿ॥1॥
 ਦੀ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ, ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ, ਇਸ ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਨੂੰ ਜ਼ਰੂਰ ਪੜ੍ਹਨਾ ਜੀ। ਲਭਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਉਹ ਅੱਖਰ ਕਿਹੜੇ ਹਨ ? ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਵਿਚ ਹਨ ਜਾਂ ਨਹੀਂ, ਜੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਤਾਂ ਫਿਰ ਉਹ ਕਿੱਥੇ ਹਨ ?              
               ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਸਭ ਦਾ ਆਪਣਾ 
                ਅਮਰ ਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਚੰਦੀ           
 

22-12-16-ਨਾਨਕ-ਮਤਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ, ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰੇ ਦੀ ਚੋਣ ਦਾ ਕੰਮ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੋਇਆ
-ਸੰਪਾਦਕੀ ਸੁਨੇਹਾ

ਨਾਨਕ-ਮਤਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ, ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰੇ ਦੀ ਚੋਣ ਦਾ ਕੰਮ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੋਇਆ
 ਸਤਿਕਾਰਿਤ ਪਾਠਕਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਲੇਖਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ,
     ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ
     ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ
  ਆਪ ਸਭ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਜਾਣਕੇ ਬੜੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਅਤੇ ਮਾਣ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ ਕਿ ਲੰਮੇ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਮਗਰੋਂ, ਤਕਰੀਬਨ 35 ਸਾਲ ਬਾਅਦ ਨਾਨਕ-ਮਤਾ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰੇ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ, ਆਮ ਕਿਰਤੀ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਚੁਣੀ ਗਈ ਕਾਨੂਨੀ ਕਮੇਟੀ, ਦੇ ਹੱਥ ਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਆਸ ਬੱਝੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਵਲੋਂ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਉਲਝ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਮਸਲ੍ਹਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਹੱਲ ਬਾਰੇ ਉੱਚਤ ਕਦਮ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ।
    ਸਾਰਾ ਵੇਰਵਾ ਇਕ-ਦੋ ਦਿਨਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਦੇਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ।
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18-04-18-India Free Fall Into Anarchy
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India Free Fall Into Anarchy 
Highlights by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch 

"Terrifying State of Affairs" 

A.     NEW DELHI: This is post-independent India's "darkest hour", a group of retired civil servants has said in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the backdrop of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases while holding him responsible for the "terrifying state of affairs"
B.  ‘Darkest Hour, Failed As A Nation’: Ex- Bureaucrats Write Open Letter To PM Modi After Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases: OUTLOOK
C.  This is post-independent India's darkest hour, former bureaucrats tell PM Modi
D.  As to How The Hate Crime Could Be Tackled in India?
E.  As to How The Hate Crime- Socially, Politically and Administratively Could Be Tackled in India?
F.  What Could Be The phenomenon of hate tackled socially, politically and administratively? 49 Retired Bureaucrats asked Clarification from PM Modi
G.  Holding Modi responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" and pointing out that both in Uttar Pradesh (Unnao) and Jammu and Kashmir (Kathua) it is his party (BJP) that is in power, the 49 former civil servants who included Aruna Roy, Harsh Mander, Wajahat Habibullah, Jawahar Sircar and NC Saxena, termed the present state of affairs an "existential crisis".
H.  Kathua Rape -49 Retired Bureaucrats say In an Open Letter to PM Modi
It is high time policymakers stop taking rape and varying forms of sexual monstrosity lightly and instead, immediately instate a stronger framework to prevent such horrific crimes.
By Lekshmi Priya S: April 16, 2018, 12:24 pm 
The incidents at Unnao, Kathua and now Surat, clearly indicate how bestial crimes against women continue to persist in the country and highlight the sad fact that no immediate action is taken against the perpetrators, who instead walk with their head held high in society and enjoy support from political parties and opinion leaders.
There is no doubt that we as a nation have failed these young women, whose stories managed to the reach the forefront even as countless others never do— regarding dignity, law, justice and heartbreakingly, humanity.
It is high time policymakers stop taking rape and varying forms of sexual monstrosity lightly and instead, immediately instate a stronger framework to prevent such horrific crimes.
Unable to fathom the unspeakable horror of both Kathua and Unnao incidents and that failure of the government, a group of retired civil servants have written an open letter to PM Modi that expresses shame, rage and anguish over the status quo.
But more prominently, what the letter stands out for is the collective suggestions by the ex-officials over the course of action a government should ideally follow.
In the words of these officials, here is what the government of India should do immediately:
1.  Reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us.
2.  Fast-track the prosecution of the perpetrators in the Kathua case, and request for a Court directed SIT (Special Investigation Team) in the Unnao case, without further ado.
3.  In the memory of these innocent children and all other victims of hate crime, renew a pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of State authority.
4.  Take steps to remove from Government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches.
5.  Call for an all-party meeting to deliberate on ways in which the phenomenon of hate crime can be tackled socially, politically and administratively.
Whether these steps will ever be taken up remains to be seen. However, the suggestions are definitely worth considering. : (Edited by Vinayak Hegde)
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Former bureaucrats write to prime minister on Kathua and Unnao rape cases, ask him to check 'free fall into anarchy': India IANS April; 16, 2018 08:29:23 IST
New Delhi: In a strongly-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a group of former civil servants on Sunday asked him to check the nation's "free fall into anarchy" by acting tough against the culprits of the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the perpetrators of hate crimes across the country.
Holding Modi responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" and pointing out that both in Uttar Pradesh (Unnao) and Jammu and Kashmir (Kathua) it is his party (BJP) that is in power, the 49 former civil servants who included Aruna Roy, Harsh Mander, Wajahat Habibullah, Jawahar Sircar and NC Saxena, termed the present state of affairs an "existential crisis".
"This is a moment of existential crisis, a turning point — the way the government responds now will determine whether we as a nation and as a republic have the capacity to overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order within which we function...Prime Minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values -- but to express our rage. Rage over the agenda of division and hate your party and its innumerable offshoots have insidiously introduced into the grammar of our politics, our social and cultural life and even our daily discourse," they said in the letter.
The group also called upon the prime minister to reach out to the families of the victims in the Unnao and Kathua rape cases and "seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us".
"In the memory of these innocent children and all other victims of hate crime, renew a pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of the state authority," the letter read.
The group has also demanded the convening of an all party meeting "to deliberate on ways in which the phenomenon of hate crime can be tackled socially, politically and administratively".

This is post-independent India's darkest hour, former bureaucrats tell PM Modi:
PTI | April 16, 2018, 14:05 IST 
NEW DELHI: This is post-independent India's "darkest hour", a group of retired civil servants has said in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the backdrop of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases while holding him responsible for the "terrifying state of affairs".
Instead of owning up and making reparations, the prime minister chose to remain quiet, breaking his silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when he could no longer ignore it, the group of 49 former bureaucrats said.
On Friday, Modi called the incidents of rapes of minors in Unnao and Kathua a "shame" for the country and asserted that the guilty would not be spared and daughters would get justice.
"In post-independent India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble," the letter said.
Referring to the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, the letter said the "bestiality and the barbarity" shows the depths of depravity the country has sunk to.
The 49 former bureaucrats include former Pune police commissioner Meeran Borwankar, former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar, former Mumbai police commissioner Julio Ribeiro, RTI activist Aruna Roy and former Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.
"We had hoped that as someone sworn to upholding the Constitution, the Government that you head and the party to which you belong would wake up to this alarming decline, take the lead in stemming the rot and reassure everyone, especially the minorities and vulnerable sections of society that they need not fear for their life and liberty. This hope has been destroyed," the letter said.
Referring to the case in Kathua, the letter said it is the "culture of majoritarian belligerence and aggression promoted by the Sangh Parivar" which emboldened "rabid communal elements" to pursue their perverse agenda.
By giving sustenance to the brutality of one human being against another in the name of Hindus, society has failed as human beings, the letter stated.
"We, in turn, have failed as a nation which took pride in its ethical, spiritual and cultural heritage and as a society which treasured its civilisational values of tolerance, compassion and fellow feeling," it added.
In Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, where a teen alleged that she had been raped by a legislator of the ruling BJP, the "reliance on the worst kinds of patriarchal feudal Mafia Dons" to capture votes and political power gives such persons the freedom to rape and murder and extort as a way of asserting their own personal power, the former civil servants said.
Even more reprehensible than such abuse of power, it is the response of the state government in hounding the victim of rape and her family instead of the alleged perpetrator that shows how perverted governance practices have become, the strongly worded letter read.
The BJP is in majority in Uttar Pradesh while it is in alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. 
"In both cases, Prime Minister, it is your party which is in power. Given your supremacy within the party and the centralised control you and your Party President exercise, you more than anyone else have to be held responsible for this terrifying state of affairs," the bureaucrats said in the letter.
They also called upon the prime minister to reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and "seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us", fast-track the prosecution of the perpetrators in the Kathua case and set up a court directed Special Investigative Team in the Unnao incident.
Niranjan Brahma
"In the memory of these innocent children and all other victims of hate crime, renew a pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of state authority," it said.
It also demanded that steps be taken to remove from government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches”. TOI

Darkest Hour, Failed As A Nation’: Ex- Bureaucrats Write Open Letter To PM Modi After Kathua, Unnao Rape CasesOUTLOOK WEB BUREAU‘Darkest Hour, Failed As A Nation’: Ex- Bureaucrats Write Open Letter To PM Modi After Kathua, Unnao Rape.  
Amid criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delayed response to the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, a group of 50 retired bureaucrats has written a strongly worded open letter to the Prime Minister questioning him, his government and the party.
The letter accused the PM of choosing to remain silent and said he broke silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when he could no longer ignore it.
“We had hoped that as someone sworn to upholding the Constitution, the Government that you head and the party to which you belong would wake up to this alarming decline, take the lead in stemming the rot and reassure everyone, especially the minorities and vulnerable sections of society that they need not fear for their life and liberty. This hope has been destroyed. Instead, the unspeakable horror of the Kathua and the Unnao incidents shows that the Government has failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people,” read the letter.
We write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values - but to express our rage. Rage over the agenda of division and hate your party and its innumerable, often untraceable offshoots that spring up from time to time, have insidiously introduced into the grammar of our politics, our social and cultural life and even our daily discourse. It is that which provides the social sanction and legitimacy for the incidents in Kathua and Unnao,” they said.
The retired bureaucrats also listed a set of demands such as to reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us. It also demanded steps be taken to remove from Government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches.
Here’s the full text of the ex-bureaucrat’s open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

This is the text of open letter to the Prime Minister that fifty of us-retired civil servants are releasing to the media/public.

Honourable Prime Minister,
1.   We are a group of retired civil servants who came together last year to express our concern at the decline in the secular, democratic, and liberal values enshrined in our constitution. We did so to join other voices of protest against the frightening climate of hate, fear and viciousness that the ruling establishment had insidiously induced. We spoke then as we do now: as citizens who have no affiliations with any political party nor adherence to any political ideology other than the values enshrined in our Constitution.
2.   We had hoped that as someone sworn to upholding the Constitution, the Government that you head and the party to which you belong would wake up to this alarming decline, take the lead in stemming the rot and reassure everyone, especially the minorities and vulnerable sections of society that they need not fear for their life and liberty. This hope has been destroyed. Instead, the unspeakable horror of the Kathua and the Unnao incidents shows that the Government has failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people. We, in turn, have failed as a nation which took pride in its ethical, spiritual and cultural heritage and as a society which treasured its civilisational values of tolerance, compassion and fellow feeling. By giving sustenance to the brutality of one human being against another in the name of Hindus we have failed as human beings.
3.   The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight year old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into. In post-Independence India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our Government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble. At this juncture, we see no light at the end of the tunnel and we hang our heads in shame. Our sense of shame is all the more acute because our younger colleagues who are still in service, especially those working in the districts and are required by law to care for and protect the weak and the vulnerable, also seem to have failed in their duty.
4.   Prime Minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values - but to express our rage. Rage over the agenda of division and hate your party and its innumerable, often untraceable offshoots that spring up from time to time, have insidiously introduced into the grammar of our politics, our social and cultural life and even our daily discourse. It is that which provides the social sanction and legitimacy for the incidents in Kathua and Unnao.
5.   In Kathua in Jammu, it is the culture of majoritarian belligerence and aggression promoted by the Sangh Parivar which emboldened rabid communal elements to pursue their perverse agenda. They knew that their behaviour would be endorsed by the politically powerful and those who have made their careers by polarising Hindus and Muslims across a sectarian divide. In Unnao in UP it is the reliance on the worst kinds of patriarchal feudal Mafia Dons to capture votes and political power that gives such persons the freedom to rape and murder and extort as a way of asserting their own personal power. But even more reprehensible than such abuse of power, it is the response of the State Government in hounding the victim of rape and her family instead of the alleged perpetrator that shows how perverted governance practices have become. That the Government of UP finally acted only when it was compelled to do so by the High Court, shows its hypocrisy and the half-heartedness of its intent.
6.   In both cases, Prime Minister, it is your party which is in power. Given your supremacy within the party and the centralised control you and your Party President exercise, you more than anyone else have to be held responsible for this terrifying state of affairs. Instead of owning up and making reparations however, you had until yesterday chosen to remain silent, breaking your silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when you could no longer ignore it.
7.   And even then, while you have condemned the act and expressed a sense of shame, you have not condemned the communal pathology behind the act nor shown the resolve to change the social, political and administrative conditions under which such communal hate is bred. We have had enough of these belated remonstrations and promises to bring justice when the communal cauldron is forever kept boiling by forces nested within the Sangh Parivar.
8.   Prime Minister , these two incidents are not just ordinary crimes where, with the passage of time, the wounds inflicted on our social fabric, on our body politic and the moral fibre of our society will heal  and it will soon be business as usual. This is a moment of existential crisis, a turning point - the way the Government responds now will determine whether we as a nation and as a republic have the capacity to overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order within which we function. 
And to this end we call upon you to do the following:
9.   Reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us.Fast-track the prosecution of the perpetrators in the Kathua case and request for a Court directed SIT in the Unnao case, without further adoIn the memory of these innocent children and all other victims of hate crime, renew a pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, to Dalits, to members of other minority communities, to women and children so that they need not fear for their life and liberty and any threat to these will be extinguished with the full force of State authority.Take steps to remove from Government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches.Call for an All Party Meeting to deliberate on ways in which the phenomenon of hate crime can  be tackled socially, politically and administratively.
10.  It is possible that even this may be too little too late but it will restore some sense of order and give hope that the free fall into anarchy can be arrested. We live in hope.

11.   Signed:
SP Ambrose, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and Transport, GoI
Vappala Balachandran, IPS (Retd). Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan. IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
Pradip Bhattacharya, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Development & Planning and Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of West Bengal
Meeran C Borwankar, IPS (Retd). Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
Sundar Burra, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
Javid Chowdhury, IAS (Retd). Former Health Secretary, GoI
Anna Dani, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
Surjit K. Das. IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand
Vibha Puri Das. IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
Nareshwar Dayal. IFS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Keshav Desiraju, IAS (Retd). Former Health Secretary, GoI
M.G. Devasahayam, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
Sushil Dubey, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Sweden
K.P. Fabian, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Italy
Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
Ravi Vira Gupta, IAS (Retd). Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Wajahat Habibullah, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, GoI and Chief Information Commissioner
Sajjad Hassan, IAS (Retd). Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
M.A. Ibrahimi, IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary (rank)
BiharAjai Kumar, Indian Forest Service (Retd). Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
Arun Kumar, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI
Harsh Mander, IAS (Retd). Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
Aditi Mehta, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
Sunil Mitra, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
Sobha Nambisan, IAS (Retd). Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Karnataka
Amitabha Pande, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
Niranjan Pant,IA&AS (Retd). Former Deputy Comptroller & Auditor General of India
P. R. Parthasarathy, IPS (Retd). Former Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Govt. of Maharashtra
Alok Perti, IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
N.K. Raghupathy, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
M.Y. Rao, IAS (Retd).
Sujatha Rao, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Health, GoI
Julio Ribeiro, IPS (Retd). Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & Ambassador to Romania
Aruna Roy, IAS (Resigned)
Manabendra N. Roy, IAS (Retd). Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Umrao Salodia, IAS (Retd). Former Chairman, Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation, Govt. of Rajasthan
Deepak Sanan, IAS (Retd). Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
E. A.S. Sarma, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GoI
N.C. Saxena, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
Ardhendu Sen, IAS (Retd). Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Abhijit Sengupta, IAS (Retd). Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI
Aftab Seth, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Japan
Navrekha Sharma, IFS (Retd). Former Ambassador to Indonesia
Har Mander Singh, IAS (Retd). Former Director General, ESI Corporation, GoI
Jawhar Sircar, IAS (Retd). Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & CEO, Prasar Bharati
K.S. Subramanian, IPS (Retd). Former Director General, State Institute of Public Administration & Rural Development, Govt. of Tripura
Geetha Thoopal, IRAS (Retd). Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata
Ramani Venkatesan, IAS (Retd).Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. Of Maharashtra

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