CM: What's your name?
ME: Sir, My name is Shubhra Saxena
CM:Tell us about yourself
ME: I told them about my education, prof background, my family and so on.
CM:Can you tell us the immunisation schedule of children
(Now let me tell you v frankly that I was shocked and thrown off guard. Maybe he
wanted to destabilise me to see if I maintained my cool.)
ME:Sir, I am not aware of the immunisation schedule of children. But I do know
some vaccines for children.
CM: Fine, go ahead.
ME: There is DPT, that prevents Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus. And there is
OPV, Oral polio vaccine.
CM: Can't you recall any more?
ME:Sorry Sir, I can't recall any more.
CM:Isn't there a vaccine for Hepatitis B?
ME:Sir there is, But I think it can be taken as an adult because I had this
vaccine when I was in college.
CM: (Smiled) Yes but it is now given to children.
ME:I said, Thank you sir.
CM: Your hobbies include teaching. Can you tell us about that?
ME:Sir, I have liked teaching since childhood. I used to teach my younger
siblings and the children of my colony. Now I teach some children of my maid
servants. (I didn't mention teaching in coaching because people had advised me
CM:Tell us, who is a good teacher?
(I didn't understand the question but I nevertheless tried to answer.)
ME: A good teacher is the one who can conceptually explain topics to students.
Someone who can motivate students to do better. Someone who can be a friend,
philosopher and guide to students.
( He was apparently not satisfied with my answer.)
CM: No, tell me if you are teaching students in a class, how would you make sure
that they followed what you were teaching?
ME: Sir, I would first try to understand the level of cognitive maturity of
students. Then I would try to adjust the speed of teaching to suit most of the
students because at any level of teaching not all students would be satisfied. I
would include practical examples to make them understand the concepts better.
The students who have somehow not grasped the things I taught them, I would give
them time other than the class to make sure they understood it.
(he apparently was satisfied. So he let it go. He gestured to the 1st lady
member on his left)
M2: Your hobby is teaching. So can you tell me about a few education schemes of
ME: I told her about SSA. She inturrepted me.
M2: Can you tell us about SSA?
ME: I told her about a few provisions under SSA as I did not know all.
M2:Can you tell me if there are any provisions for handicapped children under
ME:Ma'm I am not sure if there are any. But there mustbe.
M2:(Looks at other members) aren' there? (Others nod)
Tell me about other education schemes?
ME: I told about MSA, MDM, KGBV , scholarship schemes for disadvantaged and
M2: (Interrupts)..That's fine. Your extra curricular activity said Debating. I
will give you a topic. Can you debate on that.
ME: Yes ma'm.
M2: The topic is "Women should empower themselves"
ME: Ma'm should I debate in favour or against the topic?
M2: Whichever way you want
ME: May I speak both in favour and against the topic?
(I was a little apprehensive if this gamble would pay off. But it did. She
didn't look offended.)
M2: Yes, go ahead.
ME:Argued first against the topic. Then later in favour of the topic.
M2:(looking very happy) Excellent Shubhra. You have argued well in both
directions. But you forgot to mention the role of husbands.
ME:(I smiled) yes Ma'm. Thank you.
She now passed the charge to the next lady member..
M2: So Shubhra, you have stayed in many states. Which state have you stayed
ME: Ma'm I have stayed for 16 years in Jharkhand and 12 years in UP and 2 years
M2: So can you please compare Jharkhand and UP?
ME: Yes Ma'm. Jharkhand and UP are topographically very diffrent states. Whereas
JH has a hilly and forested terrain, UP is part of the Gangetic plain and very
sparsely forested. UP is densely populated whereas JH has a low population
density. JH has a sizeable tribal population mainly consisting of tribes like
Santhal and Munda whereas UP has a low tribal population. Both the states
primarily speak Hindi. In terms of HDI, both perform poorly.
M2: No, tell me what diff did you find on a personal level?
ME: Ma'm both states are culturally complex and offer a variety of ways of life.
While I was growing up in Jharkhand I used to stay in isolated forested lands
where sometimes wild animals like tiger would come into our colony. This is
something I have never come across in UP. The food of these 2 states is more or
less the same with a few regional variations. The people in both the states are
very tolerant and loving and make one feel at home.
(Everyone smiled at the tiger comment)
She nods then asks.
M2: Tell me what is India's equation with Nepal?
ME: Ma'm Nepal has traditionally been a good friend of India's and India has
always supported Nepal in many ways. But with the coming of Maoist government in
Nepal, the equations are changing as Maoists are more sympathetic towards China.
And therefore the hegemony of India in Nepal is weakening.
(She draws her eyebrows together as if frowning at me. I am telling you it was a
M2: Do you think we should be using words like hegemony in context of
international relations. India is a big country and shouldn't it allow her
neighbour countries autonomy rather than dominating them?
ME: Ma'm, (how to redefine the meaning of hegemony???) , I didn't mean hegemony
in the sense of controlling a smaller country for one's vested interests. I
meant primacy in international relations.
India is a very big country and that is the reason most of her neighbours are
insecure about India's intentions. But India is a very peaceful country and
instead of dominating its neighbours she extends whatever support it can to her
(again frowning....I am so scared now...)
M2: It is you who are saying that India is a peaceful country.But other
countries don't think so.
ME: Ma'm, I have had the fortune to work abroad in many countries and everywhere
I meet people they always say that India is perhaps the most peace loving
country in the world.
(She looks satisfied now...I heave a sigh of relief)
M2: Tell me about India's relations with Myanmar.
ME: Relations between India and Myanmar haven't been very positive ever since
the military junta took over control of that country since India had never
supported the junta's rule in Myanmar. But lately, the contours of relations are
changing for the better because India needs Myanmar for access to ASEAN route,
for development of NE and to curb insurgency in NE. But even despite many
efforts, Myanmar is more inclined towards China, that is using Myanmar territory
for its naval base as a part of its String Of Pearls strategy to encircle india
in the Indian Ocean. This is a concern in Indo Myanmar relations.
(She looks much happier now....Passes the charge to 3rd member.
M3: So, you have been a student of IIT Roorkee. Can you tell me the history of
ME:Yes Sir. IIT Roorkee initialy known as Thomason College of civil Engg.It was
named after Lt Governor of Agra Province whose name was Thomason. It was created
in 1847 after a famine in British times led to large revenue losses. The British
decided to construct a canal from Haridwar to western UP to irrigate these
lands. Therefore a need was felt for Civil engineers. And therefore under Lord
Hardinge, this instn was created. After independence it was renamed University
of Roorkee. In 2000, after Uttarakhand was separated from UP, it was named IIT
M3: Can you tell me what is this structure in Roorkee where there is a canal
ME: Sir, it's called aqueduct.
M3: Tell me about Ganga Canal.
ME:I told him about the famine of 1837-38. The canal consists of an upper ganga
canal from Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar to Aligarh and Lower Ganga Canal from
Aligarh to Kanpur. Told them the distance of Canal and which governor general
started its construction(now I can't recall)
M3:What is the river over which the canal is passing?
ME:Sir it's known as Solani. Similar to the aqueduct structure there are
structures like superpassage wherein river flows over canal and a structure
(He is looking visibly impressed..am glad all the research paid off)
M3: So you are an engg in Paper technology?
M3:Can we make paper out of weeds?
ME: Yes sir, if the weeds have vascular structure that will yield fibres.
M3: That would solve the problem of weeding then.(smiles to himself )
ME: I smile back.
M3:So where was paper first made.
ME:Sir, it was first made in Egypt from a plant called Papyrus, that's why the
M3:But people say it's China.
ME:Yes sir China later followed this practice and made it more sophisticated so
that paper came in daily use.
M3: When was this?
ME: Sir it was around 2nd or 3rd century BC.
M3: Tell me something, who invented printing?
ME:(AAAAAAAAARRRGH) Sir I don't know. But I know that the person who invented
the prniting press was Gutenberg.
M3:No, you tell me one thing. Why did it take printing to travel from China to
Europe 400 years?
ME:(I am thinking...what?.. what is this question. The CM i slooking impatient
as well) Sir,I am not aware of the reason.
(Thankfully the CM interrupts and said it's ok.)
M3:Tell me your hobby is teaching. Why does ragging take place ? there was a
committee created for tackling ragging.
ME:I told him it was Raghavan committe. I told them the psychological and
sociological reasons for ragging.
M3: Since your hobby is teaching,Tell me, what was the committe recently created
for higher education reforms? (I am wondering why they are all fixated on my
ME: Sir I am not very sure. But I think it was Yashpal committee.
(Everyone murmurs..yes yes)
M3: What were it's rcommendations?
ME: I told him about improving UGC affiliations, Deemed univ and so on.
CM interrupted- Enough. He gestured to the last member to start.
Somewhere I was getting apprehensive why the CM was getting impatient. Did he
think I was no good and wanted to end the interview? But I found the answer in
the end. You will also see that)
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