Srinagar: A day after resigning from civil services, Shah Faesal, the 2009 IAS topper from Jammu and Kashmir asked youth to give him ideas, saying his ‘choice of politics will depend on what the people of the valley wants him to do’.
Mr Faesal in a Facebook post, which was shared about 700 times and commented upon by over 3000 users, had asked youth to come out of social media and meet him on Friday in the summer capital, Srinagar, and share their ideas so that he can take a final decision about what to do.
However, the former IAS officer postponed the event in view of adverse weather forecast on Friday.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz has welcomed Mr Faesal’s decision to resign.
In his Facebook post, Mr Faesal said it has been a storm of abuse and adulation. “Hundreds and thousands of people reacted to my resignation in hundreds and thousands of ways. I totally expected this,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
He said as of now ‘I have quit the service’. “What I am going to do hereafter also depends on what people of Kashmir want me to do. More so the youth,” he said.
“I have an idea how I can do it. I am sure you have ideas too and you want me to factor those ideas in before I take a final decision,” he said.
“If you are ready to come out of Fb/Twitter and show up in Srinagar tomorrow, we could think this through together. My choice of politics will be decided by real people not fb likes and comments,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I will share the venue details after I know who all are coming. Let’s see out of those hundreds and thousands how many are ready to walk the talk. Type yes in the comments below. Don’t tell me later that I should have asked the youth first,” he added.
However, later Mr Faesal wrote, “Due to adverse weather forecast for tomorrow, the proposed youth interaction at Srinagar is postponed. We shall meet soon. Thank you for showing interest.”
“I also welcome his intention to join public life. The reason he has given for his resignation seems to be correct and palatable as it is based on solid factsm,” Prof Soz said.
The senior Congress leader said his assessment is that Mr Faesal will prove an asset to whatever party he joins. “I think the recent years of governance in India have been an era of hopelessness as the system had experienced an atmosphere of ‘Extreme Intolerance’, among other drawbacks,” he said.
“I have always considered that Politics is the most effective instrument of service to the people. And, then, if the motive is to serve the people, it becomes an enjoyable situation for the actors who take politics that way,” he said.
He said, “Sometimes, I feel dismayed to see the levels of corruption in the society and I wish and pray for a discernible change in the system.”