Indian Administrative Service topper Shah Faesal, who quit government service recently, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday in an apparent bid to go solo in politics.‘Public movement’ Asking people to fund “a people’s movement”, Mr. Faesal pledged to work towards “clean politics” and a “corruption-free administration”. “People are the only agency who will help this succeed,” he said. Mr. Faesal, 35, who resigned as Managing Director of the J&K State Power Development Corporation on January 9, said: “I never imagined that my small act of defiance to highlight the political deadlock in J&K would evoke such a response from across the world. I never thought that my dream of clean politics and a corruption-free administration in J&K would take the shape of a public movement.” Though there were rumours that he would join a regional party after his return from Harvard University earlier this month, Mr. Faesal said he has decided to chart his own independent political journey “while respecting the public sentiment”. “In this new phase of public service, my mission is to support the true cause of humanity, stand up for the poor, marginalised and dispossessed, and speak up for injustices wherever in this world, irrespective of caste, colour, region and religion,” he said. The IAS topper of the 2010 batch said he will partner with a new generation of young leaders who can stand up for human rights, environment, free speech and rule of law. “My idea is to seek help from the people of India, build alliances with civil society and intellectual class to humanise the narrative around Kashmir conflict so that lasting peace can be achieved in J&K,” he said.