P. Chidambaram backs resign of J&K IAS Shah Faesal; calls it ‘sad’

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, here on Thursday, described IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir Shah Faesal’s resignation ‘sad’.

P. Chidambaram backs the resign of J&K IAS Shah Faesal, calls it 'sad'

P. Chidambaram backs the resign of J&K IAS Shah Faesal, calls it 'sad'

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram here, on Thursday, described IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir Shah Faesal’s resignation ‘sad’.

The Congress leader also said that the world will take note of Faesal’s cry of anguish and defiance.

It is to be mentioned that Faesal resigned on Wednesday protesting against the “unabated” killings in Kashmir and a “lack of sincere reach out” from the Central government.

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In this context, the former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tweeted, “Though sad, I salute Mr @shahfaesal IAS (now resigned). Every word of his statement is true and is an indictment of the BJP government. The world will take note of his cry of anguish and defiance.”

“To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS. Kashmiri lives matter. I will be addressing a press-conference on Friday,” Shah Faesal tweeted.

He also shared a brief statement on Facebook saying that his resignation was also to protest “the marginalization and invisiblisation of around 200 million Indian Muslims at the hands of Hindutva forces reducing them to second-class citizens; insidious attacks on the special identity of the state and growing culture of intolerance and hate in mainland India in the name of hyper-nationalism”.

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Without naming it, Faesal launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre, saying the “subversion of public institutions like the RBI, the CBI and the NIA has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped”.

“I wish to reiterate that voices of reason in this country cannot be muzzled for long and the environment of siege will need to end if we wish to usher in true democracy,” he added.

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After topping the civil service exam in 2010, Faesal was allotted the home cadre of Jammu and Kashmir. He served as District Magistrate, Director of School Education and Managing Director of the state-owned Power Development Corporation.

He recently returned from the US where he had gone on a Fulbright fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School.