Kicked out from a rich man’s home for playing with his children, then 12-year old rickshaw puller’s son says no one could reason his curiosity on the treatment that was meted to him.
While few cajoled the boy to ignore the incident, some even suggested that he wont understand and must move on. But a frank reply came from an IAS aspirant Bhaiyya, who told him that his poverty will strike him down for the rest of his life unless he took upon himself to change his status, and suggested competitive exam as a way out of it. “It was life changing moment, from then on for the rest of the life I was hooked for my preparation for competitive exam,” he said.
A decade later, at the age of 22, Govind Jaiswal cleared the IAS examination in his first attempt. Jaiswal will handle the charge as a Executive Director for Sports in Goa, at his third posting from April.
Speaking to The Indian Express on his new role, Jaiswal says besides socio-economic factor, old school thought against sports and games as a major impediment for a person to pursuit his interest as a career.
“You know some elders will associate sports or games as a ‘waste of time’, they will call you names – lazy and ultimately try to destroy your ambition, even though you may be good at,” he says.
Jaiswal says in his case he was not a victim of archaic philosophies but rather economic condition. “I had a good hand at the game of chess, if I had my choices and did not have economic responsibility, I would have been a chess player and probably compete with grand master” he adds in a lighter vein.
At Goa however, Jaiswal finds encouragement to sports more progressive in comparison to Delhi, where he served as DM East. “People here are fond of football, there is good participation of students at school levels. This has to be encouraged and developed,” he says.
However, a little in the interior rural areas at Goa, things are less brighter. “Officials were clueless when I asked on the location of particular sports installation and venue,” he said. Besides encouraging visible talents, the sports department will look into identifying sports and athletes from villages and remote areas and try to provide them with mainstream training, said Govind Jaiswal.
Pointing his observation on poor turn of Goans at Union competitive examination, he advised that more effort must be put in by government and public agencies in creating awareness among students towards competitive examination. “Don’t blame circumstances, if I can become IAS, anyone can try partaking in the civil services,” he said.