I might prefer to resign sooner than later: Shah Faesal

Srinagar: Director School Education Kashmir and the first Kashmiri who topped in civil services examinations Shah Faesal on Friday was peeved at Indian news channels for drawing his comparison with slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani.

Faisal, who threatened to resign if the “non-sense” continues said, “when I qualified this exam I never thought of spending my whole life scratching the desk and if this nonsense around me continues, I might prefer to resign sooner than later.”

“By juxtaposing my photos with the images of a slain militant commander, a section of national media has once again fallen back upon its conventional savagery that cashes on falsehoods, divides people and creates more hatred,” he wrote on Facebook.

He said while Kashmir is mourning its dead, “the propaganda and provocation being dished out from red and blue newsrooms is breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir than what Indian state can manage.”

“Personal vulnerability apart, the very fact of becoming a part of a ridiculous debate is something which has disturbed me very much. Have I joined IAS to do a job or to become a part of your sadistic propaganda machine? I am adding to what my younger colleague Yasin Chaudhary had said earlier in his Facebook post. ZeeNews Aaj Tak TimesNow and NewsX are not going to tell you the truth about Kashmir. Please mind your head,” he added.

25 Responses to "I might prefer to resign sooner than later: Shah Faesal"

  1. UBhende   February 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    What exactly will you achieve by resigning? Was attempting the UPSC a casual fling that can be thrown away casually?The reporter may have attempted to hint to youngsters the role model they should look upto, for the other youngster evokes a feeling of sadness and loss over a life that could have been put to better use.As for azadi do you see what happened to Kalat, Baluchistan, POK, AFGHANISTAN? India can withdraw, what happens then?What is Ghazva e Hind? Should India sit with folded hands and forget it’s 1300 year history in the NW. ?

  2. Aadi   September 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm


  3. Sajid   September 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Fight with THEM

  4. Mushtaq iqbal   September 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    be firm
    And accompany with only truth
    no need to be panic
    GOd is observing every thing

  5. aw   August 30, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I think INDIA should fix a part of quota reserved for j&k students for the candidates from POK and Gilgistaan in the professional colleges . The POK & Gilgistaan candidates be provided the scholerships to finance their living expanses . Providing education to the POK KASHMIRI on the other side of border would help in fighting the terrorism by funding enlightenment .

  6. BILAL BHAT   August 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm



    The selection of a few more Kashmiris in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) for the consecutive eighth year has triggered a debate in Kashmir. It is about whether Kashmiris, who are stuck in an interminable conflict since the past 60 years, should join or celebrate the Indian “civil services” or not?
    The side that supports the celebration puts forward the point that it will strengthen Kashmiris in the bureaucracy which would dramatically turn the equation of power on their side. By having greater say, they would influence policies and plans. The opposite view is that by entering the Indian bureaucracy, Kashmiris would end up as “mini-screwdrivers” who would only perpetuate violence against their own people. By acting as tools of the Indian power structure, these “civil servants” would strengthen India in Kashmir.
    The debate whether to join the IAS or not was triggered largely after an article titled “IAS in Kashmir: Glorifying the occupation” was published in the daily newspaper Kashmir Reader. The article took the social media by storm where people expressed their views about the “civil services”.
    As the debate was on, another write-up appeared in The Indian Express titled “Till Azadi comes”. The essay was written by the IAS poster boy in Kashmir, Dr Shah Faesal, who had topped civil services exam in 2009. It came as a shock to me. The article was primarily arguing that Kashmiris should go for a political compromise as Azadi was a far-fetched dream. It suggested that there is hopelessness as far as Azadi is concerned and hence it will be better for Kashmiris to surrender and join the Indian mainstream.
    How can people join the state which has been shedding their blood and heaping on them indignity? The state that led an all-out war against Kashmiris by blasting their houses, killing men and women, subjecting thousands of people to enforced disappearances, and inflicting countless miseries upon Kashmirs. How can one describe the crimes of genocidal nature on part of the Indian state as just “disturbance”? By doing so, you are not only trivialising the struggle, but also taking sides with the occupier.
    Doctors and Engineers have rendered countless sacrifices for the Kashmir cause. Their resolve to gain freedom has led them to resist oppression at every step. At times it has cost them their lives. Turn back the pages of history and see how many “civil servants” have raised their voice against the oppression by the state. If being an IAS officer means resistance, Dr Shah Faesal, why didn’t you write against the oppression of the Handwara girl? What was her crime? Wasn’t it your moral obligation to speak up for her when she was going through trauma? We have enough of resources and talent to deal with unemployment, if we are allowed to utilise them. A few IAS seats are not a solution to unemployment. Even if India gives us 100% of the civil services seats, it will fall short of 1% of our educated youth.
    Between 1990 and 2008, ten times more youth were employed by the Gulf countries then by the Government of India. When it comes to choice of one’s career, compromises should not be made, and ethics, principles and bonds with one’s fellow people should never be cast away. The choice of a civil services career is a personal one and should not be played up as an alternative to the political aspirations of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.
    The upward mobility of a few families of civil servants hardly helps the poor on the streets or the half-widows longing for their husbands. No one in Kashmir opposes students getting admissions in IITs, IIMs, and excelling in cricket, but the civil services, the armed forces, and the police are state machinery that supervises in Kashmir mass murders, rapes, abductions, torture, and much else. Let us learn to call a spade a spade. No cause is more critical than the Kashmiri struggle for dignity. Every family in Kashmir has suffered, whether rich or poor. IAS aspirants can never be called Kashmiri heroes as they are bound by the Indian state and India and Kashmir are like parallel lines that will never meet. There is no confusion in history as to where India ends and Kashmir begins. So does everyone in Kashmir and in India.
    Everyone has his own battles to fight but no battle is bigger than the collective one. The Kashmiri struggle is definitely about politics, war, traditions and culture. It is about a dignified life in which your children are not killed, mothers and sisters are not molested, heritage and demography are not changed. It is about eradicating corruption and inequality. It is about telling the truth in whole and not in parts. It is about allowing people to nurture their apple orchards, to be upright and active for their rights and against oppression. The IAS gives us none of these, and so it is nothing to celebrate in Kashmir.
    Rebellion or militancy is not a career; it is a passion, an ultimate sacrifice, which is far above a worldly career. It is the ultimate commitment to the nation when a human opts for death so that his fellows can live. These martyrs never die, they live in our hearts till eternity. We don’t need memorials to them because they live in our breath. No one has ever stopped living in Kashmir, not the mother who lost her four sons in the fight against Indian occupation, nor the people in the village where every woman was raped in a single night. The only difference is that what they call life is not what you and I call life.
    The dawn of Azadi is bound to come. I leave you with just one question: Will you be left with enough spirit to dance on the day?

  7. Mukhtar Ahmad   August 22, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Mr. Faisal I would like to suggest you to continue and carry on with the present responsibility with full power,honesty and dedication and never scum to any political pressure while discharging the duties and seek help from Sabre and Sallah as Allah is always with these peoples(as promised by Allah himself- Alquran).But having said that whenever you feel that injustice or excesses are being nourished from your chair and couldn’t be avoided and you didn’t see any ray of justice then my advise is simple— just resign and continue serving as a medical practioner.

  8. Allen Bosefski   August 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

    At a moment when Kashmir is mourning its dead, the propaganda and provocation being dished out from red and blue newsrooms is breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir than what Indian state can manage.

  9. Jamila   July 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Why cry foul, you preferred AUTHORITY over “community service” by dumpling medical profession. Go ahead and resign…….you can serve better as a Medical Doctor.

  10. Shahid   July 17, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Let’s treat all human beings within the territory as the children of mother India. Our security forces must be deployed to seal the boarders instead of searching houses within the valley molest women, thrash men and destroy their houses . Stone pelting is no solution for the Kashmiris but they have no other way when their brothers are killed, sisters are raped in front of their eyes. It is the Indian peace loving community that will have to come ahead from all corners of the country to blow off the fire whether in Kashmir or any part of the country. let’s unearth the government’s trick to divert peoples’ mind from the main issues like rising inflation etc.

  11. PREMKUMAR   July 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I think we the people need men like to hold the fort and be an inspirational idol for Kashmir youth who are caught up in a confused environment.

    Your resignation would be a missed opportunity for doing many things right

    The only sensible way forward for Kashmir is through progress, education is the way forward

    I think you inspired and continue to inspire many

    Fight the propagandist and look forward what is best for your people and your country

  12. Jayshankar   July 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Sir you are a role model for many IAS aspirants. When you topped the civil services exam in 2009, similar kind of stone pelting was going on in Kashmir and you said in one of your interviews that you will become role medel for such youth so that they leave the path of violence become the part of mainstream like you. You could not do much at that time because you was a trainee.
    Unfortunately you got a chance to do the same now. You are a true linking pin as you are the part of Indian government and at the same time you are a kashmiri.
    Please request young boys to stop pelting stones and protest peacefully. At the same time make them aware of different government welfare schemes which are their for unemployed kashmiri youths.
    You can also make them aware of what governments of India thinks about them apart from what media says.
    You should not be panic about media reporting as its the part of life of a government officer. On the other hand prove the media wrong through your deeds.
    Please be extraordinary in this time of crisis. Please be SHAH FAISAL.

  13. Udai   July 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Your resignation might give you immense publicity at the cost of your career. But being a promising young person you should fight out with system. Kashmiri has future with india and not Pakistan or any other nation

  14. Dashrath Patil   July 16, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Pl read last statement as ” to attack Indian Aarmy”

  15. Dashrath Patil   July 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Faesal… this is what all negative minded people want. They don’t want our Kashmiri Brothers like you to be a part of our democraticaly elected governnent. Because it will defeat their ill-minded agenda. You should be the role model for kashmiri youths. We indians are behind our kashmiri brothers. Let’s join hands to defeat paid agents of pakistan who are hidden in kashmir and paying money to jobless youths to attach Indian Aarmy… Dashrath Patil, Maharashtra !

  16. Alex   July 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Dear child that’s what they want you to do. Be courageous and fight being inside the system. It’s a trap! Stop being impulsive 🙁

  17. Venkataraman   July 16, 2016 at 11:10 am

    All educated youths of Kashmir must in one voice condemn brutal killings of innocent civilians both by terrorists and Army. Government must arise above petty politics and must ensure peace and ensure more job opportunities for Kashmiri youths

  18. Parwez Samuel Kaul   July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Not a good idea Shahji !

  19. Mohammad Allam   July 16, 2016 at 6:50 am

    This is not we expect people like you.A true patriot serve the nation without minding the fools comment.Remember!Our Indian people are not communal.They are making by bulshit politician.Let our people decide what will do against these opportunists and hate mongers.Our people must stop these stains otherwise they would break our nation.
    The time has come to act againt these culprits.

  20. ishtiyaq   July 16, 2016 at 2:37 am

    By resigning you are not doing any good Shah Faesal. What we expect from a person like you is to stay and fight the system. Stand with your people


  21. Sandi   July 16, 2016 at 12:58 am

    You should allow country to use your “IAS” knowledge, Kashmiri background. You could help the young Kashmiri people to becke someone like you, not stone-pelters.

  22. Indian   July 16, 2016 at 12:29 am

    WTF! Is he an IAS officer?? Is it fear of terrorists speaking or love towards them or he is just bored due to his desk job? He is feeling pain of politically motivated violent stone pelters and terrorists? He is blackmailing to resign? He should be sacked asap for such irresponsible comments by an IAS officer. What is a such big deal in showing good(you) vs bad(terrorist) comparison of the youth’s future?

  23. Seshan Ranganathan   July 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Sensible people are needed all over the country to stem the tide of lunacy and hatred. Quitting is no answer to the problems thrown at us.

    To use you as a comparative example is hardly complimentary and may uncomfortably pit you against people you regard as your own. But media, all over the world plays these games, even as they go about also doing those things which serve to redeem them.

    I would urge you to stand firm.

    Warm regards

    Seshan Ranganathan
    Thane, Maharashtra

  24. Sajad   July 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Please condemn the use of pellet guns against kashmiris….u r an ias officer..u must act accordingly. ..u r kashmiri first then Indian…educate ppl not to throw stones instead protest peacefully. ..

  25. Pratap Rao   July 15, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    By resigning you are not doing any good Shah Faesal. What we expect from a person like you is to stay and fight the system.