IAS topper Shah Faesal Resigns as "Kashmiri Lives Matter" for Him - Highlights by: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

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What is the position of thick skinned Politicians in India in front of IAS Topper Shah Faesal resigned as "Kashmiri Lives Matter" for Him?


HIGHLIGHTS:


A. There was a time when being thick skinned had a negative connotation. But we live in stressful times. Being thick skinned has now become a life skill. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/relationships/work/how-to-be-thick-skinned/articleshow/65807727.cms


B. IAS Topper Shah Faesal Resigned as He Could Not Tolerate “Unjust” and “Unabated” Killings in Kashmir: “In a brief statement on Facebook, the 35-year-old said his resignation was also to protest “the marginalisation and invisiblisation 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 state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism “IAS topper Shah Faesal resigns protesting against the “unabated” killings in Kashmir and a “lack of sincere reach out” from the Union government. January 09, 2019 17:08 IST: Rediff News-Report.


C. “'More people must speak up against toxic polarisation': 'The problem here is not that one community's deity has suddenly become another community's meal.'

D. 'Hindus and Muslims have been peacefully coexisting with their cows for centuries now.''The problem here is that a section of Indians has been suddenly made to realise that it makes great political sense to degrade each one of the 170 million Muslims to a potential cow-killer, lynch a few of them to keep the heat on, polarise and win elections”. https://www.rediff.com/news/interview/the-ias-officer-who-spoke-out-against-lynchings/20181214.htm


E. “'India is moving towards a dangerous precipice': Last updated on: December 18, 2018 12:27 IST: 'For a country that has successfully maintained its democracy for more than seventy years now, this sudden storm of hate is highly surprising.



F. ''My worry is that if the debate continues like that for some more time you will have an entire generation of Indians permanently inoculated with this germ of hatred”. https://www.rediff.com/news/interview/india-is-moving-towards-a-dangerous-precipice/20181218.htm


G. "To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union government; the marginalization and invisiblisation 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 hyper-nationalism, I have decided to resign from IAS," his post read”. The Tribune, Chandigarh: Last updated: Jan 9, 2019, 4:34 PM (IST):


https://www.facebook.com/shah.faesal.3/posts/10156929334073351



FULL TEXT:


1. “IAS topper Shah Faesal resigns, says "Kashmiri Lives Matter" in tweet: January 09, 2019 17:08 IST: Rediff News-Report.


2. IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir Shah Faesal, who has been in the limelight since topping the civil services exam in 2010, resigned on Wednesday, protesting against the “unabated” killings in Kashmir and a “lack of sincere reach out” from the Union government.


3. In a brief statement on Facebook, the 35-year-old said his resignation was also to protest “the marginalisation and invisiblisation 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 state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism”.


4. Faesal, who recently returned from a foreign training and was awaiting posting, said he had decided to resign from Indian Administrative Service, “to protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach out from the Union government”.


5. Without naming it, Faesal launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, saying the “subversion of public institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped”.


6. “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 added.


7. Faesal thanked his family, friends and well-wishers for supporting him in this “amazing journey in IAS. One of my important tasks hereafter will be (to) train and guide aspiring civil servants to help them in achieving this dream.”


8. He said that he would be addressing media Friday, January 11, 2019 to announce his future plans.


9. As soon as the news of his resignation spread on social media, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah welcomed Faesal to the political fold.


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


11. Reacting to social media posts which claimed that Faesal will join the NC in the coming days, Omar said he only welcomed the IAS officer to politics.


12. “Actually I welcomed him to the fold of politicians. His future political plans are his to announce,” the former chief minister said.


13. Faesal’s resignation has come six months after the Jammu and Kashmir government initiated disciplinary action against him for a tweet on frequent rapes which was seen by the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training as his failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.


14. The outspoken officer had courted another controversy when he compared Article 35-A of the Constitution to a marriage deed between India and Jammu and Kashmir, saying if the constitutional provision granting special status to the state was scrapped, the marriage will be annulled.


15. “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards,” he had tweeted.


16. He had said the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India took place before the Constitution had come into force.


17. The IAS officer, however, said continuing the special constitutional provisions with respect to the state did not pose any threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.



18. “Let’s not confuse the issue. Sovereignty and integrity of India can’t be challenged. Not at all. But the Constitution has kept some special provisions for J&K state. It’s a unique arrangement. It isn’t a threat to India’s integrity at all,” he had said.


19. According to the rules, the resignation of Faesal will be forwarded by the state chief secretary along with vigilance status of the officer. The resignation will be considered by the Department of Personnel and Training”. January 09, 2019 17:08 IST: Rediff News-Report.



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