Life Story: “It’s Not My Clothes Or Shoes That Matter,” An Autorickshaw Driver’s Son’s Journey To Being IAS Officer

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August 12th, 2018 / 3:26 PM

My Story

“I was in Class 4. My parents wanted to withdraw me from school so that I could earn a wage like my other siblings and cousins. But my teacher insisted that I was a bright child and they should let me study. That perhaps was the life-changing moment of my life.

Today I am the first graduate in my family and of course the first IAS. I come from Shelgaon in Jalna district of Maharashtra- a poor drought-prone area. My father was an auto rickshaw driver and my mother worked as a daily wager on farms. It’s been a long journey.

In college, I could barely afford anything. I wore chappals to college and came from a vernacular medium- I always felt like I wasn’t good enough. Then UPSC happened and everything changed. I had proved myself. Now I know that it’s not my clothes or shoes that matter – I don’t feel less than anyone anymore.

But it’s not the end of the road. I’ve seen a lot of wrongs in my life – my sister’s early marriage, the dowry. As a child, I worked at a restaurant too. I had no power to control these wrongs so close to me now I feel like I can prevent these injustices to children as I have the power to negotiate with society, the fearlessness to call wrong from right – all this means so much.


“I was in Class 4. My parents wanted to withdraw me from school so that I could earn a wage like my other siblings and…

Posted by Humans of Lbsnaa on Monday, July 2, 2018


Story By – Ansar Shaikh | IAS 2016 batch | West Bengal Cadre


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