Achieving an unprecedented score for Gujarat in the civil services, three
from the state’s villages - of the 13 who cleared the UPSC exams - have made it
to the prestigious Indian Foreign Services. Their families had never heard of
the foreign services.
When Rohit Wadhwana broke the news to his unlettered father-in-law, the latter
wondered if the exam for a police sub-inspector’s post been better for Wadhwana!
“Most members of my family do not understand the significance of an IFS job but
they are happy for me,” says Wadhwana who also runs an IAS coaching class. “My
rural dreams of making it big in the world have finally taken wing.”
Bhumika Patel, the elder daughter of a farmer in Haripura village of Sabarkantha,
has made the entire Kutchhi Kadva Patel community proud by becoming the first
girl in the community to make it to the IFS.
Her father, impressed with the power of the ordinary talati, pushed her to get
into civil services. “I would tell her that she should become a collector. And
today, my daughter surpassed that expectation and will represent India abroad,”
Bhumika’s father Purshottam, who has 20 bigha land in the village, told TOI.
Bhumika is currently on honeymoon.