Son clears UPSC, Modi praise icing on cake for PMO Gr D staffer

Modi meets father, son; Dev Karan’s first meeting with a PM in 35 years of service .

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2014 2:57 am
Modi with Karan and his son Rajesh Kumar on Wednesday. ( Source PTI ) Modi with Karan and his son Rajesh Kumar on Wednesday. ( Source PTI )

Dev Karan has been working in the Prime Minister’s Office for the past 35 years. But the Group D employee possibly never imagined one day he would actually meet the Prime Minister — and share a few words with him. So when he got a call from the PMO a few days ago, inviting him and his son Rajesh Kumar for a brief meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it took him a while to believe it.

Dev Karan’s world changed last week when the UPSC results were announced. His son Rajesh Kumar had secured 578th rank, making him swell with pride. But it was the call from the PMO that was the icing on the cake.

As the father and son prepared to meet the PM on Wednesday, both were nervous. “My father had been in PMO for almost 35 years and it was the first time that he has been invited inside the office. He was very nervous but I could see the pride on his face when the PM asked me about my plans for the future. I told him that my father has been my inspiration,” said Rajesh, showing the picture of them with Modi that was tweeted by the PMO.

Their two-room government quarter in Delhi’s Laxmibai Nagar was filled with excitement as Karan asked his family members to switch to a television channel that was running shots of Modi congratulating their son.

For Rajesh, the only son among five siblings, this day did not come easy. It took loads of hard work, patience and persistence to get there. He said his sisters too played a crucial role — they couldn’t study much and had to be married off. He said he wanted to prove a point by studying hard and rising in society

“As the tradition goes in Rajasthan, we marry off children at an early age. And due to financial constraints, two of his sisters grew up with me in the village while two stayed here. The youngest did graduation from DU (correspondence) and soon went to her in-laws. Rajesh always wanted them to study but he was very young to take these decisions,” said Bawri Devi, his mother.

Another reason for his success, Rajesh said, was his father who always motivated him to join government job.

Asked about his dedication, Rajesh’s younger sister Laxmi said the family always wondered why he used to have dinner late for almost a month while preparing for the exam. “Now he tells us that it was because of the wedding drums and noises from the next-door marriage hall. He would eat only when the baraat came so that no time was wasted. He also stopped eating curd as he believed it makes you sleepy,” she said.

Father Karan said, “If we talk while he is studying, he simply lifts his chair and goes to the other room.” His sister added, “As the house is small and there are so many children he used to go to the public library but never said anything to us.”

His mother said she now wanted him to get married. “We never said anything to him but whenever I returned from my brother’s house I would ask him to marry as there was family pressure. My brother would say “Collector banana hai kya itna padha ke’. Then the day his result was announced, my brother asked me to tell him that he has become a collector,” she said.

Rajesh, who finished school from Kendriyala Vidyalaya INA, pursued engineering from IET College Alwar for which he took an education loan. He paid off the loan by working in a private sector bank but his aim was IAS. Meanwhile, he cleared his State Service Commission exam and was offered jobs in IB, ICAR and DoPT. He took up the job of an assistant with the welfare department of DoPT.

But he said would take the UPSC exam again. “I did not get a good rank to become an IAS. I will sit again,” he said, determination in his eyes.

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    DR RAMANUJA
    Jun 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    Only a person who can understand the value of education ,hardworking young people ,and a sense of caring to the lowest worker of his office can command respect from his team and lead this great country. In fact we are blessed to have a netha like Mr. N Damodar das MODI .
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      antifake2014
      Jun 26, 2014 at 8:00 am
      even though i am against Modi's politics... it is admirable...
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        Brian
        Jun 26, 2014 at 9:47 am
        Modi, a true politician with a difference, always!
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          C
          Jun 26, 2014 at 7:48 am
          A sensitive gesture and shows the PM's tender side!
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            rajendran
            Jun 26, 2014 at 9:14 am
            only a noble man can do this. He values education and hard work, unlike pappu who believes in limelight related activities. Hope other ministers also take a cue.
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              Giriraj.G.
              Jun 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm
              You might as well do the same thing along with your w family,instead of advising others,. At least he became a chaiwala,you are even unfit for that also, rather even for the lowest of low jobs,who would hire a like you moron. Go and have your rotten head examined,you .
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                HG KETKAR
                Jun 26, 2014 at 4:04 am
                These types of good, warm news should be given more space on front pages, but now a days, even newspapers are reluctant to publish these good news on front pages.Kudoes to the son and his father on their achievement. It is wrong that children are not getting space to read for higher studies in small homes, which has once again proved by Rajesh Kumar for clearing UPSC.
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                  Jayanarayan Kongasseri
                  Jun 26, 2014 at 3:08 am
                  Commendable of Modi. His fingers are on the pulse of commoners. Mr.Modi always is a comman man's hero. Jai Hind.
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                    Gangu true
                    Jun 26, 2014 at 3:05 am
                    in leadership to Rahul, Sonia and Tamaam Congresswasi. Even the Indian Defence forces would take a refresher course in leadership from it.
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                      Ketan J
                      Jun 26, 2014 at 8:43 pm
                      Actually, I believe more such articles about hard work and verance of common man must be published.I am sure it will help build confidence among many..
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                        Mahalakshmi Iyer
                        Jun 26, 2014 at 8:19 am
                        I am a severe critic of NaMo ..... but this gesture touched my heart. Keep going good man.
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                          anna
                          Jun 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm
                          Bravo dear and hail code thief bangalorean whose day time job is to stea code and in the night getting warmth with their mother, sister and daughter in the bed. Long live code thief bangalorean.
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                            anna
                            Jun 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm
                            You must be from Bangaluru. All code thieves bangalurean have this atude.Keep continuing stealing programming codes. Hail code thieves bangalurean
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                              MALADI
                              Jun 27, 2014 at 5:04 am
                              Modi's speeches must have given him some courage and confidence to clear this exam...
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                                PMMKRISHNA
                                Jun 26, 2014 at 9:22 am
                                MODIJI'S SYMBOLIC GESTURE FORTIFIED FAMILY PRIDE WHICH IS THE THEME OF INDIANNESS.
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                                  Bharatiya
                                  Jun 26, 2014 at 8:57 am
                                  I'm with this. However, he should also feel the price pulse sniffing out the common man.
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                                    Bharatiya
                                    Jun 30, 2014 at 6:47 am
                                    What's wrong with it ? Its people like you who consider being chaiwala is low cl and hence he takes advantage of it. Start giving job dignity and no politician can ever take mileage.
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                                      Rekha Lele
                                      Jun 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm
                                      o, Namo has done his masters in Political Science, thats during immergency in 1975 when he was behind bar.
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                                        S.L Singh
                                        Jun 26, 2014 at 10:12 am
                                        That's the Modi style of people connect.Can any body think of it ? Modi invited the son along with father who is in PMO to share his happiness and bless the boy. Great .
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                                          shipra
                                          Jun 26, 2014 at 3:32 am
                                          It is excellent. It shows one cares for team and motivates people.
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                                            NLS
                                            Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm
                                            An amazing story of conviction, will and dedication! All credit to the young man.
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