He had grown up with cruel taunts like ‘However much you study, you will still be a rickshawpuller.’ He had
studied with cotton stuffed in his ears to drown the noise of printing machines and generators below his
window in a poor neighbourhood where small workshops existed cheek by jowl with tiny residential quarters.Hisfather was a rickshawpuller But now......
He is an IAS Officer. Meet Govind Jaiswal,who cleared his IAS exam in his
first attempt and whose success story inspires and motivates thousands of youths across India.
Early Life and Education:- He was born in Varanasi India.His father was a rickshaw puller.
Once he went to play at his considerably rich and respected friend’s house. Minutes later, he was insulted, disgraced and literally thrown out. The educated man yelled at him, “How dare you come here and mix with my son; don’t you know who you are and where you belong?” Vindictive taunts and phrases like ‘However much you study, you will still be a rickshaw-puller’ son, ‘What is your worth? You can only take your father’s business a bit further’, ‘Your father’s one rickshaw can become two or three tomorrow with your initiation’ were very common in his life to stumble upon on a daily basis.
From here he initiated a dream journey for him to become an IAS officer.A question ‘What to do so that people respect me?’ knocked his deep and the answer, he received from somebody, ‘Either you
request your father to change his profession or you become big’ shook him from inside. It was impossible for him to change the profession of his father so he chose the second. An 11 year old Govind did not know what it took to become an IAS officer but he knew he will do his every bit to see himself where he wanted to.
He studied from a government school and a modest college in Varanasi.He started spending most of his time studying with cotton jammed in his ears to stop the extreme clatter of printing machines and generators of his neighbourhood. His father somehow managed a math tuition for him by investing all his hard work, energy and courage to make his son’s dream come true. He studied in government school and college and took advantage of students’ library.
Later, on completion of graduation, he was sent to Delhi with Rs. 40,000 that his father managed by selling his only remaining piece of land. Govind ensured his father’s investment don’t go in vain and studied 18 hours a day. He often skipped one or two meals a day to save money and practiced rigorously.
A Dream:-Throughout his life, he had lived with only one dream -- to become an officer of the Indian
Administrative Service. For him that was the only way.
“Anyone who can understand my hardships and circumstances will realize that I had no other option. Neither
I could go for a lower government jobs as they are mostly fixed nor I could start a business as I had no
money for it. I went for the option I was left with: worked hard on studies” Govind said after successful
medical procedures, which is mandatory for IAS.
In 2006, one of the most emotional and proudest moments came in his life when 23 year old Govind ranked #48among 474 successful candidates in the Civil Services Exam. Unlike most of the toppers, it was his very
Real Hero:-Working for ten years at the government ration shop, Narayan (Govind father) earned a living by weighing goods at the store. One day when the shop shut down, he bought one rickshaw and hired it out. He added three more and at one time was prosperous enough to own about 36 rickshaws.That was a period of financial security and Narayan was prudent enough to buy three small plots of land. With three daughters to marry off, he knew he would need it in times to come. But bad times soon befell the family. His wife passed away when Govind was in school. For 10 years there was acute hardship. The rickshaws dwindled.
On his meager earnings, with a hearing disability continued the education of his children. The girls were married after their graduation -- Narayan sold two pieces of land for the weddings, the last plot was sold to achieve his Govinda's dream.
Narayan gave his son Rs 40,000 to prepare for his Civil Services exam in New Delhi and pursue his childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer. For the next three years, he sent his son between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 every month, sometimes foregoing the expense of treating the septic wound in his foot that continued to nag him.
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