‘I find the solution in education and nothing else’
SRINAGAR: Fazal ul Haseeb, who bagged the 36th rank in the final results of the UPSC 2017 exam, told Kashmir Reader that he is optimistic about the democratic system of India, which will be “perfect” in the next twenty years.
“It will deliver justice, bring equality in the country. It has been developing, and in next 20 years would be perfect. It will be like the United States,” Haseeb said in response to a question on growing intolerance in India and the rise of the Hindu right.
“See, the beauty of democracy is dissent, opposition. If it does not have these, then it is not democracy. These issues are not a stumbling block in the growth of democracy,” he said.
Asked his opinion of the rise of educated militants due to lack of justice coming from the democratic system in Kashmir, Haseeb said, “India has a multi-tier system in place. If one fails, there is another. There may be delay, but not denial (of justice).”
Haseeb, a resident of uptown Hyderpora but a native of strife-torn Sopore, said that his parents instilled in him the idea that a solution to the strife in Kashmir can only be found in attaining education.
“I always wanted myself to be educated. I find the solution in education and nothing else,” he said.
Haseeb qualified the UPSC exam in the third attempt. He made his first attempt in 2015, qualified the prelims, but not the mains exam. In the second attempt the same thing happened. The third attempt proved to be successful.
Haseeb said that besides preparing for UPSC exam, he had applied for various exams like KAS, Naib Tasildar, Account Assistant, etc.
“I am not into the IAS to bring a change in the system. It is just a job for me. I don’t dream of any plush position in the administration. All posts are the same to me. I will do any job with zeal and honesty,” he said.
Despite being an engineering graduate, Haseeb’s optional subject was Urdu Literature in the UPSC exam. He said he is an ardent reader of literature. If he had failed in qualifying competitive exams, he said, he would have become a writer or journalist.
“A person has to go through tough times. At times of anxiety, I would not study for days together, but I would always return to books again,” he said.
He said sticking to a few books and going through concepts again and again is the way to crack the UPSC exam. He started his day at 8:30am and ended it at 1am. He studied for 10 hours every day, he said.
Besides Haseeb, at least 15 candidates from J&K have qualified the UPSC 2017 examination. Among those selected, three candidates from Kashmir have made it to the top 100.
Fazal ul Haseeb (rank 36), Inabat Khaliq (378) and Haaris Rashid (487), all residents of Srinagar, qualified the exam.
The others from the state who have made it to the selected list are Rahul Bhat (rank 68), Abhishek Sharma (69), Akshay Labroo (104), Syed Imran Masoodi (198), Shailesh Jain (259), Sudarshan Bhat (434), Aamir Bashir (843), Ch Mohammad Farooq (939), Atal Choudhary (896), Shashank Bhardwaj (907), Sheetal Angral (945) and Vivek Bhagat (967).
A total of 990 candidates — 750 men and 240 women — have been recommended by the UPSC for appointment to various central government services.
Indian Revenue Service officer Durishetty Anudeep topped the list of the selected candidates.