Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kashmiri IAS topper gets security cover; Also says he is not a slumdog millionaire

HEARD of a secretary to Government of India being escorted by two body guards in New Delhi? Not really! But this year’s IAS topper, Dr Shah Faesal from Kashmir Valley, has now been given a security cover, according to media reports.
In fact, both local and national media gave extensive coverage to medical graduate Faesal’s rare feat of topping the civil services examination from the conflict-infested Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, making him an instant celebrity. Now, two security personnel will accompany Dr Faesal all the time. His father incidentally was killed by militants barely a few days before his pre-entrance medical examination eight years ago.
A report by Hindustan Times quoted Dr Faesal saying that he wants “to shuffle back to normalcy” after receiving invitations from various organizations, coaching centers etc. in addition to requests from media.
But is he a typical rags-to riches story? “I am not a slumdog millionaire,” the same national daily quoted Dr Faesal as saying, who in fact studied in Kashmir's premier school Biscoe. (Photo used here is mere symbolic)
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1 comment:

  1. The photograph is good, but does not go well with the story. Take care of such matters