Kash­mir bu­reau­crat re­signs against ‘killings’

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN — A young bu­reau­crat is cre­at­ing rip­ples in In­dian con­trolled Kash­mir af­ter call­ing it quits from gov­ern­ment ser­vice in protest against “un­abated killings” in the con­flict-torn re­gion.

Shah Faesal, the 2010 na­tional top­per in In­dia’s civil ser­vice exam, who had be­come the poster boy of In­dia in Kash­mir, last week an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion from bureaucracy.

Faesal called for reimagining main­stream pol­i­tics in the restive state and bring­ing the vo­cab­u­lary of Azadi (free­dom) and plebiscite into the main­stream dis­course.

Stat­ing that he wouldn’t join any po­lit­i­cal party now, he said his choice of pol­i­tics would de­pend on what the youth of Kash­mir want him to do.

He said when it comes to res­o­lu­tion of po­lit­i­cal dis­pute of Jammu and Kash­mir, main­stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties have “not been able to rep­re­sent the peo­ples’ sen­ti­ment cor­rectly”.

Talk­ing about anger in the Kash­mir val­ley over how main­stream has con­ducted it­self, he said he wanted cre­ate a niche out­side the ex­ist­ing nar­ra­tive.

His res­ig­na­tion has evoked mixed re­sponse as some see it as a “brave de­ci­sion” while some oth­ers be­lieve he will be join­ing a big­ger evil – main­stream pol­i­tics.

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