Kannan Gopinathan was an IAS officer from Kerala. He came into the limelight when he resigned from his post stating that he was unhappy about how the fundamental rights of the people of J&K were denied after the revocation of Article 370.
Kannan Gopinathan was born on Thursday, 12 December 1985 (age 33 years; as in 2018) in Kottayam, Kerala. He received his primary education from the Technical Higher Secondary School of Puthuppally, Kerala. He pursued B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
After completing his studies, he started working in a company named “Freescale Semiconductors” as a design engineer in 2007. He worked there for 4 years. He also used to volunteer for a non-profit organization named “AID India”, where he used to teach underprivileged kids. He started preparing for the civil services examinations in April 2011 and after successfully clearing his exam and interview, he started his training as an IAS Officer in September 2012.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste, & Wife
Kannan Gopinathan belongs to a Hindu Brahmin Family. Not much is known about his family. He is married to Himani Pathak, whom he met when he used to volunteer for “AID India”. They have a son together named Aadu.
Kannan’s first posting was as an Assistant Collector in Delhi from July 2013 to July 2014. He was then transferred to Mizoram, where he was posted as the Deputy Collector of Hnahthial in September 2014. He worked there for one and a half years before being promoted as the District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner of Aizawl in Mizoram in February 2016.
He worked as the DM of Aizawl till December 2017, after which he was posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as the District Collector. He was appointed as the Managing Director of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Power Distribution Corporation Ltd (DNHPDCL). The DNHPDCL was a loss-making government department, but after Kannan took charge, he turned it around and made the power department profitable.
His resignation from the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS) on 21 August 2019, received criticism from a faction of the society; as he quoted the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A in J&K as one of the reasons behind his resignation. He also expressed his concern over the denial of the fundamental rights of the people of J&K. Another reason which was given by Kannan behind his resignation was the lack of freedom of speech, which he had felt during his stint in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
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- Kannan likes to travel, play badminton, listening to music, and playing the drums.
- During the 2018 Kerala floods, he volunteered for the flood relief work. He kept his identity secret so that no-fuss could be made over his presence. While Kannan was volunteering there, the District Collector of Ernakulam had paid a visit and recognized him. He posted a photo of Kannan on social media which went viral. People praised and appreciated his efforts.
- He got a memo from the authorities after his Kerala visit, asking him to explain the reason behind his voluntary service in Kerala.
- He also presented a cheque of 1 Crore INR to the “Kerala CM Disaster Relief Fund” as the official representative of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- When Kannan was posted in Mizoram, he got the opportunity to meet Pullela Gopichand. He encouraged Gopichand to open 30 badminton training centres for children and a “High Altitude Centre of Excellence for sports” in Mizoram.
- After he resigned, he posted several tweets explaining as to why he resigned. In one of the tweets, he stated that he thought that being an IAS would help him voice the opinion of others, but as an IAS, he could not even voice his own.
I once thought that being in civil services meant an opportunity to expand the rights and freedoms of fellow citizens!
— Kannan (@naukarshah) August 20, 2019
- Several people from the bureaucracy were surprised at Kannan’s resignation. They stated that he was a brilliant officer and they were shocked that he resigned.
- On 26 August 2019, Priyanka Gandhi took a jibe at the Narendra Modi Government by tweeting a news article about Kannan’s resignation and quoting a Polish poet.
“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”
― Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet & writer.
Nobel Prize lecture, 8 Dec, 1980. https://t.co/e7s141o6Rr
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 26, 2019