2009 IAS Topper From Kashmir Faces Centre’s Wrath For “Rapistan” Tweet,

2009 IAS Topper From Kashmir Faces Centre’s Wrath For “Rapistan” Tweet,

Shah Faesal had drawn a sharp reaction from some people who saw the reference to “Rapistan” as a reference to India and a contrast to Pakistan.

NEW DELHI: The central has ordered action against Shah Faesal, the outspoken bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir, for his tweets as “Rapistan” that he has described as a “sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in south Asia”. The IAS official went public on Tuesday with the show cause notice and seemed to question the government’s gag order for bureaucrats as well.

The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience,” he said in a tweet and a Facebook post.

Mr Faesal, 35, is the only IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir to have ever topped the civil services exam. The 2011 batch officer, who has been a role model for the youth and inspired many others to join the civil services, is currently an Edward S Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School on study leave.


  1. Officials were banned from criticising the government on social media in 2016
  2. The IAS officer’s tweet in April drew sharp reactions
  3. The 35-year-old went public with the show-cause notice he received



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