Shah Faesal, 2009 IAS topper, quits in protest against "unabated killings" in Kashmir

Shah Faesal (Photo: Facebook)
Shah Faesal (Photo: Facebook)
Shah Faesal, the 2009 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) topper from Jammu and Kashmir today resigned from the service in protest against the "unabated killings" in Kashmir and the "lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government".
"To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government; the marginalization and invisiblization 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 in a post on his Facebook page.
"Kashmiri lives matter," he said in a similar post on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"I wish 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.
"I am thankful to my family, friends and well-wishers for supporting me in this amazing journey in IAS. One of my important tasks hereafter 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, 35, a medical doctor who had opted for the civil services, had returned recently to India from a stint at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fulbright fellow. In the Jammu and Kashmir government, he served as Director of School Education.
Last year, he had faced an inquiry ordered by the Government for remarks made by him about rampant rapes in South Asia.
"The bureaucracy’s loss is politics’ gain. Welcome to the fold," National Conference vice-president and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Twitter.'
This set off speculation that Faesal was likely to join the National Conference. 
Following this, the former Union Minister clarified his remark. "Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce," he said.

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