Shah Faesal

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Shah Faesal IAS
Personal details
Born (1983-05-17) 17 May 1983 (age 33)
Lolab Valley , Kupwara, J&K, India
Nationality Indian
Residence Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Alma mater SKIMS Medical College
Profession IAS
Religion Sunni Islam

Shah Faesal (born 17 May 1983) is an Indian civil servant from the State of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2009, he became the first Kashmiri to top the Indian Civil Services Examination and the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Service through open merit.[1] Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also congratulated him on his success. He has emerged as a youth icon and a public intellectual in the state of J&K.[2][3]

Views on Kashmir-India relations[edit]

Shah Faesal has written extensively on the relationship of Kashmir and India in a nuanced manner on many occasions which has been praised many times.[4][5][6] During 2016 Kashmir unrest, Shah Faesal asked the national media not to use his pictures for drawing comparison with Burhan Wani.[7] His statement that kashmir's future is safe with India got harsh criticism from the young kashmiris. Many Kashmiris consider him the ‘poster boy’ of Indian bureaucracy.[8][9]


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