Govind Jaiswal – An Example of Empowerment through Education
His father, a rickshaw vendor, toiled hard, sold off land so that the son can get education. Complementing his father's struggle and dream, Govind ranked 48th in Civil Service Examination, 2007 – among 474 candidates
This son of a rickshaw puller, who graduated in Mathematics chose entirely new subjects in Civils because he could not afford coaching. Here is a story of determination and hard work about a young man who strived and fulfilled his dream of becoming as IAS officer and making his father, a rickshaw-vendor, the happiest person.
On the pot-holed lanes of India's holy city Varanasi, Narayan Jaiswal used to pedal his rickety rickshaw to make a living and send his children to school in nearby Usmanpura.
Sadly, even his meagre means came to a grinding halt when a wound on his foot grew sceptic.
Ailing, and with no other source of income, Jaiswal sold off his small plot of land to finance his son's dream.
His son Govind was fighting a parallel battle.
Day in and day out the deafening noise of power looms, factory machines and generators around the 12x8 feet rented room shared by his father, mother and two sisters made life unbearable.
All the cooking, washing, bathing to studying took place in the dingy room.
To add to the misery the scarce power supply extended to almost 14 hours a day. He grew up with cruel taunts from the neighbourhood kids who mocked him for his devotion to studies. But his determination saw him through.
"It was impossible to divert me. My family was the saving grace. If someone demoralised me, I used to just picture my struggling family."
Today, Govind Jaiswal is an IAS officer, brimming with confidence.
Surprisingly, he doesn't quibble over any inadequacies.
"I thank my tough days. Life has no worth without struggle. It made me grow and smell the real world."
Govind credits his success to his dad and his sisters, especially the elder one who gave up her studies to look after them when his mother died.
He was only in class 8 when he ventured into the business of tuitions.
Maths was a breeze for him. By the time he was in 11, students from class 8, 9, 10 and even MBA aspirants among others flocked his room for Maths coaching.
The income came handy as his father's earning was too meagre and he had to support his two sisters as well.
"I used to earn about Rs. 1000 per month. It helped me pay fee and buy books."
A modest fee of Rs 10 in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) aided him easily to acquire his degree.
"I strongly feel if you can show that you have the potential to prove then the world will come to help," he says.
Indeed, his aggressive attitude to achieve was lauded by all.
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