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Kashmiri topper sees a ray of optimism

by C. Jayanthi

Dr Shah Faesal on phone from Kashmir, told Aspiration India, that his topping the Indian Civil Services Exam, has been read as a “sign of optimism in the rest of the country”. He says he feels that all positive are being directed at him.

He says the whole country should have peace, not just Kashmir. “The whole country should identify with the suffering in Kashmir.” According not only the LOC (line of control) should become porous, the whole of South Asia, as a region, should be economically integrated. It will bring down violence and increase people to people contact, he adds.

He says he is speaking from the perspective of someone who has had first-hand experience of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Dr. Faesal, the first Kashmiri to have topped the UPSC examinations, was recently honoured by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Capital.

He said that rather than speaking about his personal achievement he would prefer to highlight the state of the youth of Kashmir who are educated and qualified but often fail to get jobs due to lack of opportunities.

He urged people in general to break stereotypes and misperception regarding Kashmiri youth so that they can be made a part of the mainstream and realize their dreams and aspirations.

Highlighting the immense potential that Jammu & Kashmir has in store for the business community, he said, “there is a huge potential for private investment in the state in sectors like information technology and knowledge based industries as well as BPO sector which remain largely untapped due to unfriendly government policies. He remarked that it is a kind of a vicious circle of neglect and poverty which ultimately takes the shape of violence”. He appealed to the people to come forward and explore the business as well as extend CSR opportunities in the Valley.

Dr Faesal said: “ It is important to address the civil society to bring about significant changes in the State.”