AN IAS officer has been removed by the Chhattisgarh government from his post as CEO, zila panchayat, of Kanker district after he raised questions about Deendayal Upadhyaya, leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968, on Facebook. Senior officials said a showcause notice may be sent to the officer on the “next working day”.
Shiv Anant Tayal, an IAS officer of the 2012 batch, on Friday wrote a Facebook post saying, “Following the centenary celebrations of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, did a bit of digging up on the aforementioned’s achievements and… 1. Can’t find a single work of his authorship or scholarship to gauge his ideological stance. There is sporadic mention of his four lectures on ‘integral humanism’ in Mumbai (Apr’ 65) which seems to be based on established ideas and on triggering popular sentiments. 2. Can’t find a single election where he won by popular vote. 3. Can’t find anything concrete on his website either. 4. Doesn’t find a mention in Ram Guha’s Makers of Modern India, in spite of detailed writeups on stalwarts and founding fathers of RSS. For the sake of academic curiosity (and of course while maintaining political neutrality) if someone could shed some light on Pt Upadhyay’s life and achievements…?”
BJP leader Sachidanand Upasane said the post was a “personal insult” to followers of Upadhyaya’s philosophy and that he would consider legal action.
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Tayal later took down the post and offered an apology on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the Congress attacked the BJP government, calling this an example of their “insecurity and intolerance”. “If someone doesn’t agree with you, it does not mean that they should be punished. In a democracy, this kind of ideological terrorism is unacceptable,” party spokesman Sushil Anand Shukla said.