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Former IAS Officer Sasikanth Senthil Calls For Civil Disobedience Against CAB, Says Won’t Submit To NRC

Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil, who resigned from the civil services and from his post of the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah, on Tuesday, saying he will not submit his details if NRC is implemented all over India.

In his letter, which he also shared on Twitter, Senthil said in his letter to Amit Shah that the passage of the CAB “marked the darkest day in the history of modern India.”

He also called for a civil disobedience against the “communal bill” and NRC (National Register of Citizens). Senthil added that if the government would take any action against him for not complying with the NRC exercise norms, he is ready to face it.

“I refuse to accept the process of enumeration in NRC by not submitting the requisite documents to prove my citizenship and is willing to accept the action taken by the Indian State for my disobedience. If the state chooses to declare me as a non-citizen I would also be happy to fill up the many detention Center’s that you are building all over the country,” he wrote.

“I would accept the incarceration with all humbleness than to wait at the sidelines as a mute spectator to the communal profiling and disenfranchising of my fellow humans,” he added.

Senthil, a 2009 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer and Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, resigned from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in September, saying that it was “unethical” on his part to continue as a civil servant when “fundamental building blocks of diverse democracy are being compromised”.

The former civil servant further said that the idea of pan-India NRC by itself is a dehumanising effort.

“I should remind that irrespective of the status of the CAB, the idea of an all India NRC by itself is a dehumanizing effort. We as people of this country should now stand up for all the marginalized,” he stressed, saying it’s time to act.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, provides Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the current norm, even if they do not possess any document.

The legislation was passed by Lok Sabha during its winter session on January 8 but could not be cleared by the upper house. The bill was against introduced today.

The bill excludes Muslims, making religion as a criterion to grant citizenship. It has been criticised as being blatantly communal and anti-Muslim.

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