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Not so fast, Mr Faesal: Why IAS topper Shah Faesal's reasoning behind his resignation is unreasonable

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10.01.2019

In an era of fake news, it took some time for this rumour to turn true.

The celebrated IAS topper from Kashmir, Shah Faesal, has resigned from the elite civil services – bringing an end to months of speculation. And, as expected, he is set to join politics soon.

A recipient of the 2018 Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School, Faesal announced his decision soon after returning to his homeland from the US, where he was completing an international program.

Well, there’s nothing wrong if a youth icon quits the civil services.

But the excuse he gave sounds half-baked.

After all, sudden cynicism towards milestones achieved shouldn’t be a stepping stone to new optimism.

Glad you enjoyed your tenure, Mr Faesal. A better excuse to leave would have been appreciated. (Photo: Facebook)

The introductory para of the Facebook post confirming his decision says: “To protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach-out from the Union Government; 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 J&K State and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of........

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