Mumbai, Jun 15: Shah Faisal, who turned into a national idol after becoming the first Kashmiri to top the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, hailed provision of equality in the Indian constitution at a felicitation function here on Tuesday, Jun 15 night.
“Indian Constitution provides for giving equal rights to everyone irrespective of caste, religion, region and my success in the UPSC exam is a result of that," said Faisal.
Criticising those who stir controversies over issues involving caste, religion, region and language, the Kashmiri said, “There is no reason to get upset if someone doubts your Indianness because you are a Muslim. There is no need for a certificate from anybody that you are an Indian. Practise any religion in your home or society but outside, do not ever forget that you are an Indian and learn to respect people from other religions."
“In pursuit of your goal, you will find people who will trouble you because you belong to a particular religion, caste, region but if you have the capability, then nobody can stop you from overcoming these hurdles and reach your goal," he added.
The name Dr Shah Faisal hit the headlines in May after he topped the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) examination.
His story of success turned into a tale of inspiration when the country learned about his tough childhood and his persistence to succeed despite adverse situations. The MBBS graduate was also an active member of the RTI movement in Jammu Kashmir.