In a strongly worded Facebook post Shah Faesal, the first Kashmiri to top the civil services examinations, slammed the national media for suing his name to flame up passions during the tensions that marred the Valley following the killing of Burhan Wani. Referring to a photograph doing the rounds of social media which compares him with the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander – the latter shown in a poor light – Faesal said that such “conventional savagery cashes on falsehoods, divides people and creates more hatred”.
He warns the media that their “propaganda and provocation” is “breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir than what Indian state can manage”.
Thirty-three-year-old Faesal, who heads the education department in Kashmir, said that if this “nonsense” continues, he might be forced to resign. It should be noted here that some media channels used a juxtaposed picture of Wani and Faesal to show how the IAS officer, who himself is a victim of terrorism, took the path of education and decided to bring a positive change in the life of his people.
Here is his Facebook post:
His post was met with both praise and scorn on Twitter.