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Dr. Shah Faesal from Kupwara tops Indian Civil Service Exam

Dr. Shah FaesalGot this news from Twitter. @FreeKashmir reported that Dr. Shah Faesal from Kashmir topped the IAS, and was complaining that “the news didn’t make it to the Indian media”. It would indeed have been surprising and disgusting if Indian media had ignored this, so I immediately googled the topic, and there it was — on Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Hindu — in each case prominently on first page. Well, this particular blogger likes to complain a lot, so this tweet was not much of a surprise either. We celebrate our heroes, sir, irrespective of what region and religion they come from. Yes, at times Twitter may be faster than conventional websites and newsprint.

It has been reported that Dr. Faesal belongs to Sogam in Kupwara district and his father, who was a brilliant school teacher, was killed by unidentified gunmen in 2002. He later attended Biscoe School and Jhelum Valley Medical College in Srinagar, Kashmir. Really an inspiring story. Anyway, congratulations Dr. Faesal, I am sure you will make your state and your country proud. Let other people keep dreaming of Pakistan. Those who rise above the petty politics of religion will prevail. Hopefully.