The Centre’s Narendra Modi government has ordered action against the Kashmiri Muslim IAS topper of 2012, Shah Faesal for his rapistan tweet.
Faesal’s tweet about the growing menace of rapes in south Asia was instantly declared by the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training as his ‘failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of duties.’
The letter written by the government of Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of DoPT addressed to Faesal read, “Whereas the Department of Personal & Training, Government of India has forwarded to this department a copy of communication, along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in your Twitter account, in which contents are prima-face in contravention of the extant provisions of All India Service (Conduct Rules), 1986/All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969. Screen-shots of the posts made by you in your Twitter account is enclosed.”
The letter went on to inform Faesal that he had allegedly ‘failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in discharge of your official duty’ adding that his action was an ‘unbecoming of a public servant.’
Unperturbed by the notice, Faesal took to Twitter to and wrote, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.”
“I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change,” the IAS officer, who’s currently pursuing a masters degree in the US as part of his mid-career break, added while brushing aside the notice.
Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia.
The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.
I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change. pic.twitter.com/ssT8HIKhIK
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) July 10, 2018
The tweet posted by Faesal had read, “Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan.”
Many were quick to condemn the central government’s action calling it prejudiced while also highlighting the glaring hypocrisy by the BJP-led government for not taking similar action in the case of a Rajasthan IAS officer, Sanjay Dixit.
Many pointed out that Dixit, who’s been caught posting fake stories that targeting two non-BJP governments of Karnataka and West Bengal in the past, has been notorious for spreading communal animosity through his tweets. Vijaita Singh, a senior journalist wrote, “DoPT is quick to take action against @shahfaesal for his tweets, why no action against @Sanjay_Dixit yet? Separate rules in separate States? @IASassociation Some samples:
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) July 10, 2018
In her follow-up tweet, Singh tagged Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and IAS Association and told Dixit that his actions in the past violated the service rules and were liable to attract the provisions of Section 153A under IPC.
“Mr. @Sanjay_Dixit your tweets not only violate AIS rules but also attract the provisions of Section 153A IPC. And stop promoting your book here,” she concluded.
Mr. @Sanjay_Dixit your tweets not only violate AIS rules but also attract the provisions of Section 153A IPC. And stop promoting your book here. @VasundharaBJP @IASassociation pic.twitter.com/wTexdk9E1V
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) July 11, 2018
The journalist also posted the screenshots of the AIS service rules that clearly expected the serving IAS officer to display political neutrality and desist from promoting religious enmity. A quick look at Dixit’s Twitter timeline shows that he’s been flouting these two core guidelines of the AIS rules on a regular basis.
Among other things, Dixit had also made personal details of journalist Rifat Jawaid’s family public last year, thereby endangering the safety of his wife and children. Social media users, commentators and journalists had condemned him for his criminal act. Not too long ago, the controversial Rajasthan IAS officer was also reprimanded by the Mumbai Police for spreading fake news.