Kashmir bureaucrat resigns against ‘killings’
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.