Amidst all the claims of incompetence for the Indian power holders we are sure of one thing, It is the bureaucrats that run this great country of ours and believe it or not they constitute an army of personnel’s who sweat day and night burning the midnight oil to keep the wheels of this humongous nations running at speed. They are the ones who bury the seeds of development, and their stories have now reached the ears of the common man. These unstoppable humans have a clear agenda of making sure that our nation’s glory reaches epitome and they understand the power of collaboration and unification.
Here are a few of the handpicked stories of real life heroes who passed the UPSC examination which might leave you amazed .
1. Prashant Nair
A 2007 UPSC pass out IAS officer currently serving as Collector, Kozhikode understand the power of social media and can elicit the great energy out of the people itself. Prashant has millions of followers on facebook and is rightly called as a social media star. The star has clearly shown his determination towards his ‘ karmbhoomi’ Kozhikode. Amongst his various accolades the biryani incident is fascinating. He posted a message on his Facebook page asking people of Koyilandy in the district to help clean a 14-acre pond filled with water hyacinth and slush. In return, he promised them a plate of Kozhikode’s famous Malabar biriyani. In response to his call, quite a few volunteers got together to clean up the 14-acre Pisharikavu pond. Prashant took to Facebook to thank them all.
He also introduced Operation Sulaimani which is a free food programme meant to enable those who cannot afford a mean to have with dignity and also to avoid food wastage. His followers fondly call him as “collector bro”, as a mark of respect and admiration for him.
2. Narendra Kumar
IPS Narendra Kumar started his career in Bihar before joining office at Morena , Madhya Pradesh. He can rightly be called as one of the strong pillars in the fight against corruption. He was a fierce crusader against illegal mining activities in India and spent a large part of his life fighting the mining mafia’s. Indifferent about his own life and safety , this man was martyred by members of the mafia’s when he stood in front of a speeding tractor allegedly carrying illegal stones. When he saw the tractor carrying illegal mine stones , he tried to stop it, and when the drive did not stop he stood in front of the tractor to stop it when the driver ran over him. Mr. Narendra Kumar we will never forget you or your good work for the nation.
3. Ajit Kumar Doval
Already a name in the paparazzi ,famous for his laudable work during his tenure as an IPS officer. He was actively involved in anti-insurgency operations in Kerala and Punjab. He has the experience of being involved in the termination of all 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft from 1971–1999. Ajit Doval managed to turn militants and persuade them to assist Indian forces against the terrorists. He also stayed in Pakistan as an undercover agent in a high-risk assignment.
He later joined the intelligence bureau and is currently holding the position of National Security Advicer to PM Narendra Modi. One of the most powerful men under our Prime Minister, Ajit Doval has certainly bewildered all of us with his tremendous will and his power to stop at nothing.
4. B. Chandrakala
B. Chandrakala is a member of Indian Administrative Services and currently serving as District Magistrate of Bulandshahr, UP, she is an IAS officer of 2008 batch of UP Cadre. She is a strong officer taking stand against corruption and illegal practices. A warrior against corrupt officer in the police department , B. Chandrakala never hesitates in publicly exposing those people who are not doing justice to their jobs. Thanks to her intervention, three corrupt contractors were booked in Uttar Pradesh. She also actively involved herself in matters related to child welfare and women empowerment. Her joining the civil services at a young age of 23 has become a classic example for all women aspirants and she stands firm under the banner of unhindered determination and courage.
5. Satyendra Dubey
A man with a will strong as wall , his story is well known amongst each and everyone of us . Satyendra Dubey stood tall against the plague of corruption engulfing our country. he was Project Director in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at Koderma in Jharkhand where he was working on the Golden Quadrilateral Project.
He showed tremendous resilience and extra ordinary courage in exposing corrupt practices in the engineering sector. As Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer he was a trouble for all the illegal activist and on 27th November , 2003 he was shot dead in Gaya and the country lost yet another diligent and competent officer.
A miracle man as the people claim is the 5th IAS officer from the Zeliangrong community (consisting of Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei Naga tribes.)
An empath by nature Mr. Armstrong ,young and enthusiastic took on the task of improving the lives of the people in Manipur. He along with the common people was successful in building a 100 km long road in a remote hill of Manipur without government’s help. He used up his own savings and turned up to people via social media and guess what , the humanity took over and people helped Armstrong build the road that would link Manipur with Nagaland and Assam.
7. U. Sagayam
A man on the move , U Sagayam has been transferred over 20 times in his 20 years of career fighting against corruption wherever he goes. This civil service officer extensive research on illegal granite-mining in Madurai led to charges against many known politicians and businessmen. He also confiscated over 5,000 subsidized gas cylinders intended for domestic use which were being illegally used by restaurants. Sagayam, whose office door bears a sign reading “Reject bribes, hold your head high” has repeatedly antagonized influential politicians and their supporters in Tamil Nadu.
“Sagayam is an iconic IAS cadre who takes pride in being honest. He is an enthusiastic officer in whatever he does,” T. Udhayachandran, a fellow IAS officer who has known Sagayam for years.
8. Ashok Khemka
Khemka , 1991 UPSC batch pass out of the Haryana Cadre was repeatedly transferred by various state government after he allegedly exposed various corrupt deals . He is best known for cancelling the mutation of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s illegal land deal in Gurgaon.
When posted at the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) he exposed irregularities related to sale of wheat seeds in the state. His transfer rate of 45 shows his immense vendetta against political blasphemy.
9. V. V. Lakshminarayana
A man known for his impactful speeches , his words has the power to move the dignity of the corrupt. He was the protagonist in the Satyam scandal , Gali Janardhana Reddy’s illegal mining case of Obulapuram Mining Company, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy ‘s disproportinate assets case and Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s fake encounter case.
He is also known for arresting Jagan Mohan Reddy. He is conferred with the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award by the Maharashtra State Minority Commission for maintaining peace & harmony in places where he worked in Maharshra .
10. Rashmi V Mahesh
A prodigal product of the UPSC examination, she has been transferred over 20 times in her 18years of experience. After taking charge as the executive director of the Karnataka Education Authority (KEA) in 2011, she stepped on the toes of the medical and engineering college lobbies by putting a stop to seat blocking and irregularities in seat distribution. She gave many a college management panels a run for their money as she completely stopped the misuse of government seats.
Hope these stories inspire you prepare better for Civil Services Exams and be a part of such lists of illustrious IAS officers soon!
All the best!
Author: Akshay Palande
Akshay Palande is a passionate teacher helping hundreds of students in their UPSC preparation. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and double masters in Public Administration and Economics, he has experience of teaching UPSC aspirants for 5 years. His subject of expertise are Geography, Polity, Economics and Environment and Ecology.