Amidst a raging pandemic, medical essential shortage, the central government has not stepped back at its job in the quest for power. There are things that they are silently taking under their control, while the rest of India fights the bigger battles. What better time to do this than a pandemic?
While the citizens of India are busy fighting the pandemic, trying to protect their own, the Central government is hoping this quest for power will go unnoticed.
In the past few days’ hashtag #savelakshadweep is doing rounds, particularly from the celebrities and ministers from the South. Here is all you need to know about it:
Lakshadweep is a Union Territory that comes under the direct control of the Central Government through an administrator. Usually, administrators are Civil Service officers, but that rule obviously becomes an exception for the central government now.
The administrator of Lakshadweep is Mr Praful Khoda Patel, who took charge in December 2020. Who is he?
Does anyone really know about everything that's going on in Lakshadweep now? The little island off the coast is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, but administrative injustices have served the citizens a taste of bad fortune. A thread. #SaveLakshadweep pic.twitter.com/nXwE1zZdLy
— CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) May 24, 2021
Lakshadweep is a 97% Muslim population, with no legislative assembly, known to have the lowest crime rate in the country and a group of 36 islands (32 sq. km) which has so far been protected by the indigenous. These draft regulations, backed by the administrator who has history and support from the Centre, are aimed to rewrite all that the island protected.
One Kerala MP from CPI(M) wrote to President Kovind to call back Mr Praful Patel as the administrative officer of Lakshadweep. In a strongly worded letter, MP Elamaram Kareem has criticised Patel’s orders on changing the covid-19 SOPs, which led to the surge of cases, and all other ‘anti-people’ orders which have led to the loss of livelihoods and has not made any consideration to protect the ‘traditional life and cultural diversity of the people of Lakshadweep’.
Several petitions have been addressed to the Administrator by the islanders demanding that these provisions be withdrawn. It says that “provision for the orderly and progressive development of land in both urban and rural areas and to preserve and improve the amenities thereof; for the grant of permission to develop land and for other powers of control over the use of land; to confer additional powers in respect of the acquisition and development of land for planning, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid”.
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Several actors from the Malayalam film industry also took to social media to raise their support for the people of Lakshadweep, including Actor-Director Geetu Mohandas, Actor Prithiviraj Sukumaran, Sunny Wayne, Rima Kalingal and more. Footballer CK Vineeth also took to social media speaking against the reforms.