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Rishi Sunak: Shah Faesal takes a dig at Pakistan, says only in India Muslims can rise to top Shah Faesal
Image: Shah Faesal Twitter page

Rishi Sunak: Shah Faesal takes a dig at Pakistan, says only in India Muslims can rise to top

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 28 Oct 2022, 10:16 am

Srinagar: Shah Faesal, a 2009 Kashmiri IAS topper, recently took a dig at Pakistan on the issue of appointment of Indian-origin Rishi Sunak as British PM.

He narrated his own journey of life and said there is no other place on Earth like India where Muslims enjoy such freedom.

" It's possible only in India that a Muslim youngster from Kashmir can go on to top the Indian Civil Service exam, rise to top echelons of the government, then fall apart with the government and still be rescued and taken back by the same government. Rishi Saunak's appointment might be a surprise for our neighbours where the Constitution bars non-Muslims from top posts in the Government, but Indian democracy has never discriminated ethnic and religious minorities from the rest," the Kashmiri politician tweeted.

" As equal citizens, Indian Muslims enjoy freedoms that are unthinkable in any other so called Islamic country. My own life-story is about a journey, shoulder to shoulder, with each fellow citizen of this nation of 1.3 Billion people, where I have felt owned, respected, encouraged and at times pampered at every step of the way. That's India," he said.

"From Maulana Azad to Dr. Manmohan Singh and Dr. Zakir Hussain to HE President Droupadi Murmu, India has always been THE land of equal opportunity and the road to the top is open to all. Won't be wrong if I say I have been to the mountain top and seen it for myself," he said.

Shah resigned his job in 2019 and decided to join active politics.

He floated the  Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM) party after resigning as a public servant.

He left politics on 10 August 2020 and quit the JKPM.

He was reinstated in Indian Administrative Service in April 2022 by the Modi government.