When in 2009 Shah Faesal, became the first Kashmiri to top the Indian Civil Services Examination and the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Service through open merit, he was hailed as a youth icon and glimmer of hope for the children of valley. That he made it against all odds was indeed remarkable.
From a youth icon of the state , Shah Faesal today in 2018 nine years later, he is feeling the heat . Reason the tweet he wrote on social media and caused a storm .
Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia.
The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.
I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change. pic.twitter.com/ssT8HIKhIK
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) July 10, 2018
Faesal’s troubles got worse after Union government directed the state government headed by Governor N N Vohra, to initiate action against the officer for his tweets.
The state government initiated a departmental inquiry and said that Faesal has failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties. General Administration Department initiated the disciplinary proceedings at the request of the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training.
Meanwhile, the embattled IAS officer , Faesal, got support from former chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Omar in tweets commented , “I see this notice as a case of bureaucratic over-enthusiasm where people who are pushing the files at the top do not understand the spirit of the times we are living in.
You have no problem when officers from Rajasthan & elsewhere defy “set norms of governance & conduct” yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all! https://t.co/gPheXHxDQt
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 11, 2018
“You have no problem when officers from Rajasthan and elsewhere defy ”set norms of governance and conduct”, yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this does not surprise me at all!
“Looks like the DoPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking and unacceptable where they question Faesal”s ”integrity and honesty”. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt?”
Looks like DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking & unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty”. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt? https://t.co/6MdUBvC71p
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 10, 2018