P Chidambaram reacts to Kashmiri IAS officer’s resignation
Following the resignation of IAS Officer Shah Faesal, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Thursday strongly reacted to the decision and took a dig at the BJP-led central government saying the world will take note of “his cry of anguish and defiance”.
In a series of tweets, the former home and finance minister claimed whatsoever Faesal, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, had said was an condemnation of the Narendra Modi government. “Though sad, I salute Mr Shah Faesal 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,” he said.
Faesal who has resigned from the civil services, had on Wednesday attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir”, the central government’s “lack of sincere” efforts to reach out to the Kashmiris and the “marginalization of the Indian Muslims”. Chidambaram said that not long ago “legendary police officer” Julio Ribeiro, a former DGP of Punjab and a former commissioner of Mumbai Police, had stated the same thing, but there was “not a word of reassurance from the rulers”.
“Such statements from our fellow citizens must make us hang our heads in regret and shame,” he said. On the Modi government, Ribeiro had said the country needed inclusive development and not just for some sections. He had also said he “felt threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in his own country” and that he never felt that he belonged to a different religion
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chie, Across State-Across Mumbai News)
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