K-Twitter on Shah Faesal Resignation: ‘Another Example Of A Fixed Match’

Shah Faesal

Last year, his flight to Istanbul was grounded at New Delhi following his stern TV talk: “There are only two people in Kashmir now — stooges and separatists. And I’m not a stooge!”

THE Babu whose bureaucratic stardom created a raucous and a rat race for administration in the valley a decade ago “cut to size” his political stature inspired by Imran Khan and Arvind Kejriwal. The doctor from Lolab announced his decision to step down from his party president post on Monday.

Last year, his flight to Istanbul was grounded at New Delhi following his stern TV talk: “There are only two people in Kashmir now—stooges and separatists. And I’m not a stooge!”

He was flown back and made a high-profile captive in Srinagar’s Centaur hotel turned sub-jail.

Before announcing his resignation on heels of his Harvard sojourn, Shah had cut a “nonconformist” bureaucrat image for himself. Many called him the “dissident” in government ranks before his dramatic departure made him some kind of a deserter.

His decision came with a ‘sleight of hand’ stroke—tweaking his political designation, and confining it to, “Edward S Fellow. Medico. Fulbright. Centrist.” The online sanitization has left behind only four tweets on his timeline.

When netizens spotted the change, they unleashed a torrent of tweets on the man’s probable return to his former job he once equated with a jail-term.

“You will not understand this tangled game of chess,” wrote a netizen, apparently the former administrator’s adherent. “Don’t forget that there is an IAS officer’s brain behind it.”

Sharing a screenshot of his old tweet, one user reminded the former politician his earlier remarks, “So, which is it for you, Shah Faesal? Are you going to be stooge or separatist or rejoin government services?”

Netizens also shared his recent views and connected dots between his sudden IAS resignation last year and his political decision now.

“Let me say this again, there is always something to everything that happens in Kashmir. His resignation, formation of a political party, his arrest, his release & whatever he does next should be seen with that context,” scribe Ikram Ullah wrote.

Many wondered what silenced the man who last year roared, “Constitution was murdered by these 2 super-men who have come to rule this country.”

“Shah Faesal was another example of a fixed match,” a netizen said. “Resignation given on 9 Jan 2019, not accepted even after 18 months. Traitors always betray.”

Besides reading some uncanny patterns behind his resignation, netizens trolled the man for his decision.

“His step is a hard hit on those who sympathise and congratulate IAS and KAS people in Kashmir,” another netizen said. “He proved, how really UPSC person can never do anything good for Kashmir and they are just puppets…”

“I think just months detention was in his fate nothing more!” another netizen wrote. “What he got 0. Back then he was talking about Imran Khan’s way of politics and was patronising it! Mr Shah, what a man of bad decisions!”

But for the day, as another public figure was trending on twitter, the memes dominated the responses and reactions.


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