Officer Who Praised Nehru In Facebook Post Transferred

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Bhopal: A senior officer in Madhya Pradesh who praised first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a Facebook post has been transferred. Indian Administrative Service officer Ajay Singh Gangwar’s transfer order came on Thursday after his post went viral.

In the Hindi post that has now been deleted from his timeline, Mr Gangwar had written: “Let me know the mistakes that Nehru should not have committed. In 1947, he prevented us from becoming Hindu Talibani Rashtra. Is that a mistake? He opened IITs, ISRO, BARC, BHEL, steel plants, dams and thermal power plants. Is that a mistake? Is it a mistake that he honoured Vikram Sarabhai, Homi Bhabha, not ‘intellectuals’ like Ramdev and Asaram?”

The post, which was widely shared, was viewed as a “violation of service rules”, say sources. The state government’s order, however, does not refer to any reason for the officer’s transfer just months after his last assignment.

 Mr Gangwar was posted as Collector in Badwani in August. Sources say senior officials who found out about his Facebook post consulted ministers and an inquiry was ordered. After the post was verified, the sources say, the transfer was announced.

The Congress says it will launch protests against “intolerance” displayed by the state’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. “It is condemnable that a statesman like Nehru is spoken of and the person is demoted. This creates fear,” said the party’s Meem Afzal.

The controversial transfer comes as the Congress accuses the ruling BJP of trying to wipe out the legacy of Nehru and other icons of the party by reworking textbooks.