Amidst Indo-Pak tension, IAS topper Tina Dabi Khan appeals for ‘sweetness and decency,’ then disables comments section fearing backlash


Known for being a prolific social media user, IAS topper Tina Dabi Khan had disappeared for a considerably long time as she did not post about her goings on since 30 January. The affable civil servant, who describes herself as a Kashmiri bahu, returned on Wednesday, when she posted a series of heartwarming photos on Instagram before making a general appeal for ‘sweetness and decency.’

Tina Dabi Khan

The timing of her appeal was apt given the prevailing tension between India and Pakistan with both neighbouring countries remaining on the verge of war. Tina posted a photo of a man and a woman with a caption that read, “What the world needs is the return to sweetness and decency.’ Moments after she posted the message of peace, she began to receive plenty of praises from her fans even though some feared that she may soon be branded as anti-national for advocating peace amidst incessant war-mongering on Indian TV channels.

Moments later, Tina had disabled the comments section of her posts, barring her followers from posting any comments to her Wednesday’s posts. She removed the comments section from her other post, that showed her serving mid-day meals to children in a government-run school. Posted with a caption ‘Happiness is this,’ her fans on Instagram were moved by her humility, displayed in the photo, with many wondering if other civil servants could take a leaf out of her book.

In the photo, Tina was seen serving mid-day meals, distributed to students at government-run schools. Tina is currently serving as the SDM of Bhilwara in Rajasthan.

Tina’s appeal for ‘sweetness and decency’ came on the day Pakistan ‘captured’ an Indian pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan. The video of Wing Commander Abhinandan being ill-treated by a group of Pakistanis had evoked angry reactions from Indians on social media.

Tina is married to another IAS topper from her batch, Athar Aamir Khan, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir. Like Tina, he Athar too is serving as an SDM in Bhilwara.


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