IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt was dismissed from service after taking on the Gujarat government and then CM of the state Narendra Modi for the handling of the 2002 Godhra riots. After the dismissal order came, post 27 years of his service to the country, his son wrote a letter to him saying how proud he is of his father and it is definitely worth a read.
“I would like to salute you dad, I would like to salute you and thank you, as your son and as an educated, aware and responsible citizen of this wonderful country.”
On this sad day, when the Republic of India loses one of its brightest, most intelligent, upright and courageous officer. I would like to salute you dad, I would like to salute you and thank you, as your son and as an educated, aware and responsible citizen of this wonderful country, for doing what was right without even thinking once what effects it might have on you and your career as an Indian Police Service Officer.
I would like to thank you for standing up for the people whose screams for help and protests fell on deaf ears! I would like to tell you today, how proud of you I am for fighting an uphill battle against a well equipped and dangerously subverted system with all your might and vigour, but let me remind you that the battle is not over yet! It has just gotten dirtier and more dangerous, but you still stand where you stood 14 years ago in 2002 and with the same courage and fearlessness that you had when you entered the Indian Police Service 27 years ago, ready to take on even the most pernicious government which presides over the Republic of India at the moment.
Finally removed from service today after serving 27 years in the Indian Police Service. Once again eligible for employment. 🙂 Any takers? — Sanjiv Bhatt IPS (@sanjivbhatt) August 19, 2015
We as a family have always stood behind you, supporting you and we will continue you to do so, the reprobate people running this government might try even harder to unsettle us a family now, But let me tell them that we are a family bound by undying love, trust and respect for each other, vain yet consistent attempts to break you and break us will only make us stronger and unflinching in our support towards you and the cause you are fighting for!
“We as a family will always be behind you, supporting every decision you take.”
And lastly, I would like to congratulate you for getting freedom from the shackles of this rancorous government which tries to break and antagonise anyone who tries to speak up against them, or tries to stand up for what is right! In this new chapter of your life, I would wish you all the very best for pursuing whatever makes you happy and satisfies you and we as a family will always be behind you, supporting every decision you take!Lots of love and respect, Shantanu Bhatt (An extremely proud and loving son) — with Aakashi Bhatt.
His son is currently in London and wrote the letter from King’s Cross Station. Sanjiv Bhatt posted a message on Facebook saying, “Shweta and I are too proud to have a loving son like him,” and below that he attached the letter for everyone to see.
Source: Sanjiv Bhatt/ Facebook