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IAS topper Shah Faesal quits job, likely to venture into politics

Srinagar, Jan 9: The 2009 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) topper from Jammu and Kashmir, Shah Faesal on Wednesday resigned to protest against the “unabated killings and lack of political outreach” from the government of India.

Faesal took to Twitter to announce his resignation, a decision that took the entire social media by storm. “To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.  Kashmiri lives matter,” he wrote.

Also, in a post on his Facebook account, Faesal said: “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government;  the marginalization and invisibilisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens;  insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”

Faesal said he wished to remind the regime of the day that subversion of public institutions like RBI, CBI and NIA has the “potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this Country and it needs to be stopped.”

“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” he said in his Facebook post.

Thanking his family, friends and other well-wishers for supporting him in his IAS journey, he said, one of “my important tasks here-after will be train and guide aspiring civil servants to help them in achieving this dream.”

“I will be addressing a press conference on Friday to share my future plans. I will look forward to your support and blessings in this new mission,” he added.

Faesal has recently returned to India from a stint as a Fulbright fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Faesal cleared the civil services exam in 2009, becoming the first Kashmiri to top the exhaustive set of examinations attempted by thousands of aspirants.

After joining the IAS, he, in a small stint, held several key positions including that of DC Bandipora, Director School Education Kashmir, and Chairman J&K Power Development Corporation.

Last year, an inquiry was launched against him for a remark on rampant rapes in south Asia. Criticising the rape culture in the region, Faesal had referred to south Asia as “Rapistan”.

 

Hope it guides his choice of politics: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, Jan 9:  Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday welcomed 2009 IAS topper Shah Faesal’s decision to resign from the job in protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir.

Mirwaiz took to Twitter soon after Faesal announced his resignation saying he did so “to protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government.”

“Welcome the stand to resign by @shahfaesal to protest unabated killing of Kashmiris by GOI. Hope his outrage over killings and his sentiment that #KashmiriLivesMatter guide his choice of politics and gets reflected in representing his people’s collective deep driving desire of right to self-determination and their relentless struggle and sacrifice in achieving it – also the reason behind killings and repression on them by the state,” Mirwaiz tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Faesal took to Twitter to announce his resignation, a decision that took the entire social media by storm.

“To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.  Kashmiri lives matter,” he wrote.

Also, in a post on his Facebook account, Faesal said: “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government;  the marginalization and invisibilisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens;  insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”

 

 

Bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain: Omar

Srinagar, Jan 9:  Former J&K Chief Minister and NC vice president Omar Abdullah welcomed 2009 IAS topper Shah Faesal’s decision to quit bureaucracy.

“The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain. Welcome to the fold @shahfaesal,” Omar tweeted.

To a tweet claiming Faesal will formally join NC in two days, Omar clarified: “Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce.”

Earlier in the day, Faesal took to Twitter to announce his resignation, a decision that took the entire social media by storm.

“To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS.  Kashmiri lives matter,” he wrote.

Also, in a post on his Facebook account, Faesal said: “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government;  the marginalization and invisibilisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens;  insidious attacks on the special identity of the J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in the mainland India in the name of hypernationalism, I have decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service.”