Former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan opens up about why he quit the service and what he feels about the the government-imposed clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir.
Weeks after the Central government abrogated Article 370 and restricted movement and communications in Jammu and Kashmir, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan resigned from his post to protest the "government's denial of the rights of the people to protest" handling of the situation after the government’s move. “I resigned because I wanted to regain my freedom of expression, and the need for an alternative narrative,” he told Asiaville.
Gopinathan, the 32-year-old IAS officer from the AGMUT cadre, was the secretary, power department of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli when he submitted his resignation to the Home Ministry on August 21. He hails from Kottayam district of Kerala and had first come into limelight when he hid his identity and joined in relief work during the 2018 Kerala floods.