After quitting IAS, Faesal seeks ideas on political future

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Srinagar, Jan 10: Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal, who quit IAS to protest against “unabated killings” in Jammu and Kashmir, sought ideas on Thursday, especially from youths, to decide his future course in politics.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Faesal said: “I have an idea how I can do it but I want ideas from the people before taking a final decision.

“It has been a storm of abuse and adulation. Hundreds and thousands of people reacted to my resignation in hundreds and thousands of ways. I totally expected this.

“As of now I have quit the service. What I am going to do hereafter also depends on what people of Kashmir want me to do. More so the youth. 

“I have an idea how I can do it. I am sure you have ideas too and you want me to factor those ideas in before I take a final decision.

“If you are ready to come out of Facebook/Twitter and show up in Srinagar tomorrow (Friday), we could think this through together.

“My choice of politics will be decided by real people, not fb (Facebook) likes and comments.

“I will share the venue details after I know who all are coming. Let’s see out of those hundreds and thousands how many are ready to walk the talk. Don’t tell me later that I should have asked the youth first. Thanks.”

Faesal, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, resigned from the civil service on Wednesday and said he planned to enter politics.

He attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir”, New Delhi’s refusal to initiate a political process in the state and “marginalization of the Indian Muslims”.

Speculation was rife on Wednesday that he could join the National Conference.

World will notice Faesal’s cry of anguish, defiance: Chidambaram 

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday termed the resignation of Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) “sad”, saying the world will take note of his cry of anguish and defiance.

“Though sad, I salute Shah Faesal IAS (now resigned). Every word of his statement is true and is an indictment of the BJP government. The world will take note of his cry of anguish and defiance,” the former Finance Minister tweeted.

Faesal on Wednesday announced that he had quit the coveted service in protest against unabated killings in Jammu and Kashmir and against the marginalisation of Indian Muslims by the Hindutva forces, “reducing them to second class citizens”.

After topping the civil service exam in 2009, Faesal was allotted the home cadre of Jammu and Kashmir. He served as District Magistrate, Director of School Education and Managing Director of the state-owned Power Development Corporation.

Sources close to Faesal told IANS that the officer had sent the mandatory notice to the government about his decision to resign from the service, adding that he was likely to join the National Conference and will contest the Lok Sabha election from Baramulla constituency in the Kashmir Valley.

Chidambaram also referred to retired police officer Julio Ribeiro who led the Punjab Police during the insurgency.

“Not long ago, Ribeiro, the legendary police officer, said the same thing, but there was not a word of reassurance from the rulers. Such statements from our fellow citizens must make us hang our heads in regret and shame,” the leader added.