Some stories inspire us, some leave a mark, but there are a few that add a completely new dimension to the way we feel and think about life. One such story is that of a 32 year old, Ajit Kumar, for whom nothing could come in the way of his realizing his dreams, not even the dreadful diarrhea that permanently deprived him of his vision, at the tender age of five. Beating all odds, Ajit, from Kheri village (Mahendranagar district, South Haryana) is today only the second in India with total loss of vision to get into IAS.
According to Ajit’s brother, Amar, it was Ajit’s strong determination that helped him achieve his aim. Ajit’s father , Rampath is a retired block development and panchayat officer while mother, who never went to school, is a housewife, said Amar. They are a total of five brothers and one sister, he added.
Rampath said that a spiritual man in the village had insisted that Ajit should get education despite the odds he faced. Ajit surprised everyone when he topped in Class IX and X, despite being the only blind student in the school.
Later, Ajit passed out from Delhi’s Ramjas College with “flying colours” in his BA Political Science (Hons). After that, he also cleared BEd and took up a teaching job in a Delhi college.
Though he cleared the Civil Services Examination in 2009 by ranking 208th, he was awarded service way below his rankings. The reason cited: His total loss of vision.
“I secured rank 208 but was awarded IRPS, usually awarded to candidates way down the rankings. At my rank for an OBC candidate, I was eligible for Indian Foreign Service. Even general category candidates got IPS at this rank,” Ajit said.
With the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) offering to absorb him in the Indian Railway Personnel Service, Amar said he filed a case against the alleged discrimination. CAT ruled in his favour in October 2010 directing DoPT to induct him into the IAS.