They are fans of either Bollywood actors Salman Khan or Shahrukh Khan. Watching their favourite stars’ movies on the day of release is their top priority. Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Quaiser Khalid is trying to change exactly this.
Khalid, who now is posted as Inspector General (IG) Protection of Civil Rights (PCR), Maharashtra Police, visits Muslim ghettos all across the country with a single agenda of introducing them to real-life Muslim role models.
Khalid says when they are made aware that they too can achieve much in various fields like their brethren, only then they would get in sync.
“Why should only Bollywood stars be role models?” he quizzes. “Invoking achievers from other streams will drill a sense of confidence that they too can make it big in other streams and disciplines,” Khalid adds.
Ansar Shaikh, a Muslim boy from a remote backwaters village of Shedgaon in Jalgaon, Marathwada who had cleared the IAS in his maiden attempt earlier this year with a snaring high All-India Rank of 361, is one of the many examples quoted by Khalid during his community meetings. “Though he hails from a modest background that didn’t stop him to think big and pursue his dreams of cracking UPSC. During my meetings which are mostly attended by youngsters, I talk about Shaikh at length. He is a sweat-and-toil legend. When he can do it, so can they,” Khalid explains.
Other example that Khalid often quotes is of Sohail Kazi, a Muslim youth from Aurangabad who secured 98 per cent in his board exams. “The aim behind sharing these real-life achievers is to try erase the apprehension the Muslim youth has towards government jobs. I am trying to open a channel of communication, wherein I am trying to tell them to look beyond family businesses,” Khalid adds.
Being a police officer, Khalid hopes that his endeavors act as a catalyst. “Being a police officer, many youngsters keenly listen to me and I only hope that I instill some confidence in them and they too take a plunge,” he wishes.
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