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Mumbai: All India topper at UPSC civil services exam Dr Shah Faisal said that the Muslims in India should not worry about what others say of them. Instead, for the upliftment of the community, they need to work on their own.
"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", Faisal, who hails from Kashmir, said at a felicitation function held at Anujman Islam in Mumbai last night.
The function was organized by the Federation of Minorities and supported by host of other Muslim NGOs.
Faisal, who did his MBBS from Srinagars Sher-i-Kashmir Medical College is the first Kashmiri to top this examination.
"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," he added.
He also reiterated his appeal to Muslim students to chose Civil Services as mission.
"Muslim candidates should not opt for civil services not as a job but as a mission",
Encouraging the gathering to accept the challenges, he said that Muslims instead of waiting for anyone, should work for their empowerment themselves.
"No one will come to help you. It is you who need to stand up for the upliftment of the community", Faisal said.
"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", Faisal added.
He attributed his success to the provision of equality for all enshrined in the Indian constitution.
"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,"
Stating that there was no better country than India, Faisal said, "We create controversies over pity things like caste, religion, region and language."
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