(Success Story) C Vanmathi cabbie's daughter and S Rajesh
Kannan farmer's son, among UPSC toppers
the 1,236 names on the UPSC final list this year is a paralysed cab driver's
daughter and a farmer's son from Tamil Nadu.
C Vanmathi was at her father's hospital bedside in Coimbatore when news of
her success arrived on Saturday. Her father, T N Chenniyappan, sustained a
spinal injury two days after Vanmathi had finished the interview round. But he
was beaming when he heard that his daughter secured the 152nd rank in the UPSC
S Rajesh Kannan, was ranked much lower, at 767, but was equally happy. Rajesh
said his father S Samayanan, a farmer, was his main source of encouragement and
would keep him updated on current affairs.
"I am not well educated and my wife did not go to school. We worked to fulfil
my daughter's wishes," said Chenniyappan who was injured in a fall 20 days ago.
"I am very happy. Now I'm confident that I will get well soon." Vanmathi, who is
from a family of cattle-rearers in Sathyamangalam, Erode, remembers how she used
to sit on the back of a buffalo, imagining herself to be a collector. When she
completed her Class 12, relatives suggested that her parents marry her off.
"For many people in my village, completing Class 12 was the biggest
eligibility for marriage," she said. "But I stood second in my school and wanted
to study further. I wanted to use my education to improve my family's situation
as well as help society."
When asked what inspired her to become an IAS officer, Vanmathi said, "I used
to watch the serial 'Ganga Yamuna Saraswathi' in which there was a lady IAS
officer and I was awestruck," she said. "Another inspirational day was when the
district collector came to my school when I was 15 years old. When I saw the
kind of influence he had and the respect he got, I wanted to be someone like
Courtesy: The Times of India