Kashmiri Muslim IAS insults India, gets notice

The Central government has ordered action against 35-year-old Jammu and Kashmir bureacrat Shah Faesal for his tweets. The Jammu and Kashmir government initiated disciplinary action against 2010-batch IAS exam topper Faesal for his tweet about frequent rapes which was seen by the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training as his failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.

The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience,” he said in a tweet and a Facebook post.

Mr Faesal, 35 is the only IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir to have ever topped the civil services exam. The 2011 batch officer, who has been a role model for the youth and inspired many others to join the civil services, is currently an Edward S Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School on study leave.

 

 

 

The central government had banned officials from criticising the government on social media in 2016. Under these rules, a statement of fact or an opinion which “has the effect of an adverse criticism” of any current or recent policy or action is treated as criticism.

Back in April when the IAS officer had put out the tweet, Mr Faesal had drawn a sharp reaction from some people who saw the reference to “Rapistan” as a reference to India and a contrast to Pakistan.

One person asked him to quit his job before peddling, what he described as “an anti-India rant”.

 

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