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But Shah Faesal is a seasoned politician already! Here’s why Kashmiris don’t need him

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Once upon a time, a municipal school teacher was preparing for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam when Dalit leader Kanshi Ram visited her home in 1977 and apparently told her, "I can make you such a big leader one day that not one but a whole row of IAS officers will line up for your orders."

Mayawati was once an IAS aspirant too. (Source: Aaj Tak)

That teacher — Mayawati — went on to be UP chief minister four times over, and is now taking slow and steady steps to make a probable claim to India’s prime ministership, should a coalition government take centre-stage post-2019's general elections.

Today, the renunciation of the Indian Administrative Service by Shah Faesal to join politics thus doesn’t seem quite the supreme sacrifice it is being made out to be. After all, many have used the administrative services as a stepping stone to positions of greater power.

Fair game.

But the reasons Shah Faesal has cited for giving up his job lay bare the fact that, unlike a certain novice from earlier times, the former IAS officer is a seasoned politician already.

More worryingly, one who seems ready to encourage young people to join separatist streams, often violent.

A man who spent years preparing for the civil services (no cakewalk exam) has suddenly woken up to the “marginalisation and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens”?

It is bewildering how Faesal could have skipped the references to the........

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