Expressing solidarity with IAS Topper Shah Faesal, All India Congress Committee President Rahul Gandhi in a letter praising him (Faesal) for courageously highlighting the issues that plague India.
In a letter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “I write to you in solidarity against the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to initiate an inquiry for expressing your opinion on the rising incidents of rapes in India.”
“Our founders envisioned freedom of expression to be a fundamental right for every citizen. This freedom not only allows a nation to introspect on pressing social problems but also helps us find ways to address them. I feel it is extremely troubling that the Government has singled you (Faesal) out for voicing an opinion, which exhibits an insecurity that is unbecoming of any government,” Rahul mentioned in a letter.
In a letter, Rahul Gandhi also mentioned that you (Faesal) deserve to be appreciated for identifying and courageously highlighting the Issues that plague India. We stand by you in letter and spirit.
Earlier, after New Delhi ordered action against Kashmiri IAS officer for his remarks on social media, the outspoken bureaucrat has said that he could lose his job.
“Yes, I could lose my job. But then the world is full of possibilities,” Faesal told News18.
“Losing my job is a small risk compared to the magnitude of the debate I’m trying to have.”
Last week, the IAS official went public with the show cause notice and seemed to question the government’s gag order for bureaucrats as well.
“Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia,” he wrote while sharing a showcase notice. “The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.”
The 35-year-old bureaucrat is the only IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir to have ever topped the civil services exam. As a “role model”, the 2011 batch officer inspired many others to join the civil services. He is currently an Edward S Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School on study leave.