- 197 bureaucrats, judges, veterans of the armed forces criticized the “CCG” for their letter to Prime Minister Modi.
- They accused CCG of trying to sway public opinion by engaging in virtue signals.
- The GCC wrote earlier to Prime Minister Modi urging him to end the hate politics in the country.
As many as 197 bureaucrats, judges and veterans of the armed forces on Friday criticized the “Constitutional Conduct Group (CCG)” for its “open letter” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to “end state politics”.
Earlier, the GCC, in the open letter to the PM, alleged that the policy of hate is practiced by the BJP government.
Now, the 197 prominent figures, calling themselves “concerned citizens”, have accused the GCC of trying to sway public opinion and engaging in “virtuous signals”.
“Public opinion remains firmly behind Prime Minister Modi, as recent national elections have shown,” the letter said, saying the group calling for an end to “politics hating” expressed “anger and angst” while fueling hatred against the current government with their overt biases and misrepresentations.
The letter further stated that “the studied silence of this GCC on the unprecedented post-election violence in West Bengal, which was so severe that the High Court in Kolkata had to mandate the National Human Rights Commission to conduct a independent investigation, which resulted in a report strongly critical of the West Bengal government and Trinamool Congress, lays bare their cynical and unprincipled approach to issues.”
He also said that “the same attitude shapes their reactions (or rather the absence of any reaction) to multiple violent incidents in various states led by different political parties (premeditated attacks on peaceful people, processions during Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, and other festivals in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and New Delhi) and targeted human rights violations negatively affecting the livelihoods of the poor, regardless of their religion”.
He again argued that “the double standard in assessing a situation, the deliberate attempts to turn non-problems into problems, a distorted reflection on the challenges facing the country, the reliance on a bloated vocabulary to attract international attention, reasoned tirades against democratically elected governments, is a malaise in our society that the GCC reflects in its open letters”.
The GCC should not give ideological cover to an anti-national outlook as well as religious and left-wing extremism, which they appear to be doing, the letter adds. These former officials should not orchestrate a false narrative of “disguised use of state power”, the letter argued.
The letter urged the GCC to do some soul-searching on their failure to address “those evils they seek to combat now during their tenure.” Wisdom seems to have emerged only after they no longer have any responsibility or accountability, he said, adding that constructive criticism is an essential feature of democracy provided that this criticism not be selective.
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