S Sasikanth Senthil, a 2009-batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, resigned on Friday, citing that it is “unethical” for him to continue as a civil servant when the “fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised”.
This comes after Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012-batch IAS officer from Kerala, resigned last month, citing curbs on the “entire state” of J&K.
Thirty-nine-year-old Senthil, who was posted as deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada since February, told The Indian Express,”The (political) framework that has come to our country now is very easy to spot in history. It has all the ingredients of what happened in Poland, Germany, Burma; even Russia. any sort of such fascist approaches…I need to come out to talk about it.”
He said the decision was not taken in a day. “Kashmir…was one of the check boxes in that framework I mentioned, absolutely one of the triggers for my decision….”