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Remarks on Narendra Modi visit land Kerala varsity V-C in trouble

B Ashok had questioned protests by political parties against Modi's visit to Shivagiri Mutt.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: February 5, 2014 6:12:17 pm

Remarks in an article in a local daily on the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by the Kerala Veterinary University Vice-Chancellor and IAS officer,B Ashok,has landed him in trouble with state government initiating steps to remove him.

The 1988 batch officer,in an article titled ‘What if Modi visits Shivagiri’,had questioned the protests by political parties in the state against Modi’s visit to Shivagiri Mutt in Varkala. The article was published a few days after Modi’s Kerala visit.

“It is indeed true that Gujarat riots were avoidable and the state government did not effectively prevent the killings. But such “genocidal” riots did follow the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 in New Delhi… If we hold that Modi must not be welcomed,we must keep in mind that Shivagiri Mutt did not hold it against Rajiv,Sonia or Prime Ministers that rioting happened during their tenure. Selective boycott of Modi reveals double standards,” he wrote in the article.

Criticising the reported refusal of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to attend the mutt function,he wrote,“it reveals his advisers who are management gurus and technocrats and shows that his sociological advisory needed strengthening”.

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He also wrote that “if he (Rahul) aspires national leadership,he would have done well to make a learned speech on the vision of Sree Narayana Guru at Shivagiri”.

Incidentally,Ashok had lost the same post in 2011 and was reinstated on the orders of the high court when he wrote in a newspaper article that IAS officers were like the 10 incarnations (of Lord Vishnu). He said Kerala IAS officers were managing several departments without doing justice to any of them.

Minister for Animal Husbandry,K P Mohanan,said Ashok had violated the service rules and the government has taken steps to remove him. The chief secretary has been asked to seek explanation from him. “Ashok has no right to make such a comment on Rahul Gandhi or raise questions about Modi visit. He is appointed to do the job of VC and should confine to his role,’’ said Mohanan.

Meanwhile,Ashok said he was yet to get any notice from the government and that the article did not violate service (conduct) rules.

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