AN OPEN LETTER SEEKING INVESTIGATION INTO THE MALICIOUS CAMPAIGN OF CALUMNY AGAINST SOLDIERS OF THE MUSLIM FAITH IN THE INDIAN ARMED FORCES

21 October 2020

We are a group of former civil servants of the All India and Central Services, who have worked for decades with Central and State Governments in the course of our careers. As a group, we have no affiliation with any political party but believe in the credo of impartiality, neutrality and commitment to the Indian Constitution. We continue to uphold the oath of allegiance to our Constitution we took when we entered service.

We are deeply disturbed to note the malicious campaign of calumny against soldiers of the Muslim faith in the armed forces of India which has caused distinguished Veterans of our armed forces to petition the Hon’ble President of India, who is also the Supreme Commander of our armed forces, seeking redress. The contents of the letter have been widely publicized and a sample is noted below:

(https://thewire.in/communalism/muslim-regiment-armed-forces-veterans-open-letter-president)

The letter from the Veterans points out that there was no such Muslim regiment in the first place. It forcefully establishes that the charges of dereliction of duty or disloyalty laid against Muslim troops in false social media posts, which have been named, have no basis whatsoever. We support the requests of the Veterans, namely: 1. Investigate the antecedents of individuals who have made ‘Muslim Regiment’ post. 2. Identify & charge individuals who have made the post, for anti-national activities. 3. Issue warning to Facebook & Twitter who have enabled these posts. 4. Issue instructions to all state governments that generation of such false & seditious messages in social media should be acted upon with alacrity.

While assaults against the dignity of our Muslim citizens, as indeed physical assaults, are becoming commonplace, this particular theme which casts doubts on the loyalty of Muslim soldiers has wider implications which could have serious repercussions on our security and on fields of battle. At a time, particularly, when India is facing grave external threats, attempts to divide the armed forces could well be termed acts of treason.

We, the undersigned, would therefore urge that our armed forces as also the Government of India take cognizance of these fake news and issue suitable statements to negate the efforts to sully the image of our forces and our country. As the Veterans have significantly pointed out, “the public assumes that it is the truth, especially when there is no official action against the perpetrators.”

We further demand that appropriate investigative agencies be urgently tasked to thoroughly investigate and determine whether elements that have been pursuing a hate cum polarising agenda in the country are deliberately propagating this fake news with a view to causing divisions in our armed forces, weakening our national resolve and security.

SATYAMEVA JAYATE

(91 signatories, as below)

 Salahuddin AhmadIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
 Shafi AlamIPS (Retd.)Former Director General, National Crime Records Bureau, GoI
 S.P. AmbroseIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
 Anand ArniR&AW (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
 Gopalan BalagopalIAS (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Chandrashekhar BalakrishnanIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
 T.K. BanerjiIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Union Public Service Commission
 Sharad BeharIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Aurobindo BeheraIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha
 Pradip BhattacharyaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Development & Planning and Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of West Bengal
 Sundar BurraIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
 Rachel ChatterjeeIAS (Retd.)Former Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
 Kalyani ChaudhuriIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Anna DaniIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
 Vibha Puri DasIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
 P.R. DasguptaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI
 Nareshwar DayalIFS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
 Pradeep K. DebIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Deptt. Of Sports, GoI
 Nitin DesaiIES (Retd.)Former Secretary and Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI
 Keshav DesirajuIAS (Retd.)Former Health Secretary, GoI
 M.G. DevasahayamIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana
 Sushil DubeyIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Sweden
 A.S. DulatIPS (Retd.)Former OSD on Kashmir, Prime Minister’s Office, GoI
 Prabhu GhateIAS (Retd.)Former Addl. Director General, Department of Tourism, GoI
 Gourisankar GhoshIAS (Retd.)Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water Mission, GoI
 Suresh K. GoelIFS (Retd.)Former Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, GoI
 S. GopalIPS (Retd.)Former Special Secretary, GoI
 S.K. GuhaIAS (Retd.)Former Joint Secretary, Department of Women & Child Development, GoI
 H.S. GujralIFoS (Retd.)Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of Punjab
 Meena GuptaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI
 Ravi Vira GuptaIAS (Retd.)Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
 Siraj HussainIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture, GoI
 Kamal JaswalIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
 Najeeb JungIAS (Retd.)Former Lieutenant Governor, Delhi
 Rahul KhullarIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
 K. John KoshyIAS (Retd.)Former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal
 Ajai KumarIFoS(Retd.)Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
 Brijesh KumarIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI
 P.K. LahiriIAS (Retd.)Former Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
 Aloke B. LalIPS (Retd.)Former Director General (Prosecution), Govt. of Uttarakhand
 Subodh LalIPoS (Resigned)Former Deputy Director General, Ministry of Communications, GoI
 B.B. MahajanIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Deptt. of Food, GoI
 Harsh ManderIAS (Retd.)Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Amitabh MathurIPS (Retd.)Former Director, Aviation Research Centre and Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
 Lalit MathurIAS (Retd.)Former Director General, National Institute of Rural Development, GoI
 Aditi MehtaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan
 Sonalini MirchandaniIFS (Resigned)GoI
 Noor MohammadIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India
 Avinash MohananeyIPS (Retd.)Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Sikkim    
 Deb MukharjiIFS (Retd.)Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former Ambassador to Nepal
 Shiv Shankar MukherjeeIFS (Retd.)Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
 Pranab S. MukhopadhyayIAS (Retd.)Former Director, Institute of Port Management, GoI
 NagalsamyIA&AS (Retd.)Former Principal Accountant General, Tamil Nadu & Kerala
 P.G.J. NampoothiriIPS (Retd.)Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Gujarat
 P. Joy OommenIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Chhattisgarh
 Amitabha PandeIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI
 Mira PandeIAS (Retd.)Former State Election Commissioner, West Bengal
 Alok PertiIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
 R. PoornalingamIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GoI
 N.K. RaghupathyIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
 V.P. RajaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
 K. Sujatha RaoIAS (Retd.)Former Health Secretary, GoI
 Satwant ReddyIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GoI
 Vijaya Latha ReddyIFS (Retd.)Former Deputy National Security Adviser, GoI
 Julio RibeiroIPS (Retd.)Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania
 Aruna RoyIAS (Resigned) 
 A.K. SamantaIPS (Retd.)Former Director General of Police (Intelligence), Govt. of West Bengal
 Deepak SananIAS (Retd.)Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
 G. SankaranIC&CES (Retd.)Former President, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal 
 Shyam SaranIFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary and Former Chairman, National Security Advisory Board
 S. SatyabhamaIAS (Retd.)Former Chairperson, National Seeds Corporation, GoI
 N.C. SaxenaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
 Ardhendu SenIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
 Abhijit SenguptaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI
 Aftab SethIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Japan
 Ajay ShankarIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Deptt. of Industrial Policy & Promotion
 Ashok Kumar SharmaIFoS (Retd.)Former MD, State Forest Development Corporation, Govt. of Gujarat
 Ashok Kumar SharmaIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia
 Navrekha SharmaIFS (Retd.)Former Ambassador to Indonesia
 Pravesh SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Raju SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
 Rashmi Shukla SharmaIAS (Retd.)Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
 Sujatha SinghIFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary, GoI  
 Tirlochan SinghIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, GoI
 Jawhar SircarIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati
 Narendra SisodiaIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI  
 P.S.S. ThomasIAS (Retd.)Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission
 Geetha ThoopalIRAS (Retd.)Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata
 Hindal TyabjiIAS (Retd.)Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
 Ashok VajpeyiIAS (Retd.)Former Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi
 Ramani Venkatesan  IAS (Retd.)Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra

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