The Hush Post: Shah Faesal, the first topper of UPSC Civil Services is facing disciplinary action for his tweet that he posted as a sarcastic remark condemning rape culture in South Asia.
Faesal kicked another storm on Tuesday by posting the letter by the Jammu & Kashmir administration’s General Administration Department (GAD) that reads that Faesal has failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of his duties, a report said.
The first UPSC topper from J&K had tweeted on April 22: “Patriarchy + Population + Illiteracy + Alcohol + Porn + Technology + Anarchy = Rapistan!” The 2010 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer had drawn sharp criticism from several persons which made him say that his remark was not about India, it was reported.
In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, Faesal posted the letter of GAD action that has been sent to him. He tweeted: “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”
The GAD letter reads: “you have allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of your official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant.”
The GAD letter further says: “the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has forwarded to this department a copy of communication, along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in your twitter account, in which contents are prima-face in contravention of the extant provisions of All India Services (Conduct Rules), 1968/All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969. Screen-shots of the posts made by you in your twitter account are enclosed.”
The government letter: “the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has requested the State Government to initiate action against you under provisions of All India (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969, and to intimate the action taken to the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India.”
Faesal is currently an Edward S Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School on study leave.
In defence of Faesal, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned how a sarcastic tweet could be labelled as dishonest. “Looks like DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking & unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty”. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt?,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.