Who Is IAS Shah Faesal? Why Is He Trending All Across The Media?

Shah Faesal is a former Indian politician and bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir. In 2010, he became the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination. Faesal, who was the first UPSC topper from Jammu and Kashmir, had resigned from the Indian bureaucracy in protest on 9 January 2019, citing “unabated killings” in Kashmir among other things.

Faesal Shah was born in the Sogam area of Lolab Valley, located in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. His father, Ghulam Rasool Shah, was a teacher who was killed by militants in 2002. Shah Faesal was 19 at the time. Not only was his father a teacher, but his mother, Mubeena Shah, as well as grandfather were teachers.

He is a 2008 batch graduate of the Jhelum Valley Medical College. He holds an MBBS degree from Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar as well as has a master’s degree in Urdu. He finished MBBS at 26 and left IAS at 35. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Fulbright-Fellowship at “Harvard Kennedy School”.

After resigning in 2019, Faesal formed his own political party and was planning to contest elections. He was detained at the Delhi airport on August 4, 2019, a day before Parliament pushed through constitutional changes, revoking Articles 370 and 35A that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the erstwhile state into two UTs of J&K and Ladakh.

Why is Faesal trending in the news today?

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal has been trending all across the media, as he has been allowed to rejoin his job. The government has accepted his application for withdrawing his resignation and reinstated him in service. As per the Home ministry, his next posting will be announced soon.

Faesal has now been allowed to join the government service and his name figures at serial number 35 on the list of IAS officers in J&K. He himself had dropped hints about his return to government service in some form after his resignation wasn’t accepted.

“Eight months of my life (Jan 2019-Aug 2019) created so much baggage that I was almost finished. While chasing a chimera, I lost almost everything that I had built over the years. Job. Friends. Reputation. Public goodwill. But I never lost hope. My idealism had let me down,” he tweeted.


“But I had faith in myself. That I would undo the mistakes I had made. That life would give me another chance. A part of me is exhausted with the memory of those 8 months and wants to erase that legacy. Much of it is already gone. Time will mop off the rest In believe,” he tweeted.


“Just thought of sharing that life is beautiful. It is always worth giving ourselves another chance.

Setbacks make us stronger.

And there is an amazing world beyond the shadows of the past.

I turn 39 next month. And I’m really excited to start all over again”, he further added.

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