Are Arunachal and Ladakh the dog’s life for IAS & IPS?

By Sushil Kutty

Following the newspaper report with the photo showing the IAS couple taking the dog for a walk in the stadium, the Ministry of Interior transferred Sanjeev Khirwar to Ladakh and Rinku Dugga to Arunachal Pradesh, separating the couple and dog was punished because he was the reason for their divorce. The decision that will ruin the careers of the IAS couple and haunt them for the rest of their lives is also a dog whistle for the powerful in the upper echelons of the bureaucracy.

At the same time, it is a case of dog wagging and a rule violation regarding IAS/IPS posts posted there in 2017 at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. That said, the transfers of Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga, both of the AGMUT cadre, whose love for the dog has put them in the doghouse, is now part of IAS lore.

Because without a doubt they are “penalties”, except it is the dog that was punished worse than Khirwar and Dugga. Aside from separating the K9 from friends Sanjeev and Rinku, the dog has been marked as sexless. Is it a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ or a pronoun? Basking in the glow of the reveal, the newspaper didn’t bother to identify the dog’s “gender.”

Also, a pet without a name is an insult to all pets. There is not a dog in the entire universe without a name. And there are some famous dogs with names. Google and you will get them. In the United States, where the dog is the most respected pet, this can spark outrage. If Americans hate the Chinese and Koreans for one reason, it’s because of their love of dog meat.

The Union’s Home Secretary, Amit Shah, and Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, would not be welcome in America if the Khirwar-Dugga-and-dog story spreads in the white places of the US. The Black and Hispanic of the US may be forgiving, but it is the white man and woman, not the person of color, who will show Shah and Kejriwal what they think of the tail wagging the dog.

Of course, both the dog and the IAS couple are in the dock, also because of the struggle between the government and central Delhi, both of whom want to take the title of sports enthusiast from the other. The stadium that emptied for the dog falls under the jurisdiction of the Kejriwal government, while the Khirwar and Dugga answer to Lt. Guv of Delhi, ie to the MHA.

The dog-in-the-stadium has sparked a bat fight between the Center and the Delhi government, both of whom are taking credit for the swift transfers from Khirwar and Dugga, to east and west – icy hills and verdant forest.

Of course, Kejriwal’s government is to blame. Khirwar and Dugga emptied the stadium under the noses of the Delhi government every night. Khirwar was secretary (Revenue) and therefore must have had no control over ‘Stadiums’. Who had neglected his duty; the stadium staff was equally complicit. Heads must be rolling on the stadium lanes too, right?

But would that leave the Center and the Ministry of the Interior on the safe track? Barely. The decision to punish the two IAS not only violates the Center’s service rules, it also shows how unimaginative and insensitive the Modi government can be, despite all the nagging that it is the most sensitive center ever, especially if it concerns the northeast and the border states.

Isn’t it a fact that Modi and Shah always portray themselves as the “saviors of the Seven Sisters” in this dog-eating dog world? Dog-in-the-stadium has exposed them, and it’s not a pretty picture when Arunachal Pradesh is not only seen as, but has also made a penalty post – the Kaalapani of the postings?

Are the border states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Assam all penalized for rogue IAS and IPS, and in many cases ‘punishment’ for honest IAS/IPS who do not follow the Center’s line or refuse to obey certain orders? Is Ladakh also a penal post, a region cut off from the former J&K state, and declared a Union Territory after Article 370 was dumped in a Himalayan canyon?

Picturesque and verdant Arunachal Pradesh, which blends seamlessly with the Tibetan landmass, and rugged, rugged and brusque Ladakh, marked by the vastness of space above and terrain below, are the limits of civilization, where punishment is given to those who exceeded, for right or wrong?

In 2017, an IAS official and her IAS spouse argued that they should be placed in the same frame and the matter went to the Prime Minister’s Office Chairperson’s Nomination Committee, which amended India’s civil service rules to allow IAS/IPS pairs. make it work in one state.

Five years later, that line is somewhere on the roadside of the 3,465 km distance between Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, the distance covered by road in 72 hours. But what happens to the nameless and sexless dog is the real Shakespearean tragedy set in this episode of “It’s a Dog’s Life.” (IPA service)

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