Says state decimating itself by killing its own citizens; threatens to resign if Indian channels continue to pitch him against Burhan
Srinagar: IAS officer and Director of School Education in Kashmir, Shah Faesal has denounced the Indian media’s “conventional savagery” in its propaganda on Kashmir and said that he would resign “sooner than later” because of being utterly fed-up of such nonsense.
In a post on Facebook that Faesal wrote on Friday, which he said he could not write earlier because he had no access to internet, the top bureaucrat wrote that he had not become an IAS officer to become part of the Indian media’s “sadistic propaganda machine”. He also named news channels Aaj Tak, Times Now, News X, and Zee News as those that want to “set Kashmir valley on fire just for the sake of TRP.”
Faesal, who was the topper of the 2010 batch of selected IAS officers, gave vent publicly to his outrage after many Indian TV news channels ran programmes featuring him alongside Burhan Wani in a juxtaposition of careers, the choices that the “IAS topper from Kashmir” had made in life against those of Burhan Wani, who decided to become a militant at the age of 15.
An irritated Faesal wrote on his Facebook wall that he was disgusted with “this ridiculous debate” and that the “provocation being dished out from red and blue newsrooms is breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir than what the Indian state can manage.”
For a bureaucrat to speak out so openly against the official narrative, which the Indian media are only lending their support to, and also to write that “when I qualified this exam I never thought of spending my whole life scratching the desk”, Faesal has shown exemplary courage and sensitivity to the sufferings of his fellow Kashmiris. Perhaps the new “IAS topper”, Athar Amir, who bagged the second rank in this year’s IAS selections, could take a lesson from his senior.
Here is the full Facebook post that Faesal wrote: “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.
“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.
“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? In fact 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.
“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.
“And then, when a state kills and maims its own citizens, it’s self-injury and self-decimation of the worst sort. No Government can distance itself from the pain of its people and all-out efforts are being made to contain this crisis and reach out to youth. It is going to take time.
“Till then we have to steer safe from spoilers who want to set Kashmir valley on fire just for the sake of TRP.
“Let’s pray for those who lost their lives and their eyesight in the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir and stand by one another in this moment of truth. I didn’t have net access all this while and today once I saw my timeline, I realised it was the time to speak up. Inalillahi wa Ina-ilaihi rajioon.”