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    October 2016

An ode to the indomitable human spirit


Noted American psychologist Albert Ellis once said, “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Time and again, his words have proved correct by thousands of men and women across the world who braved all odds to emerge as winners. 
Our Cover Story in this edition is one such journey of a bureaucrat who has shaken off the shackles of a life lived amid great tumult to be where he is today. Bureaucracy Today documents the success story of IAS officer Mani Ram Sharma, the son of a poor farm labourer and having the total hearing impairment and speech problem, who refused to surrender to his tragic circumstances and fought with his destiny. His story is an inspiration for those lakhs of Civil Sevices aspirants across the country who sweat their guts out to write the gruelling UPSC Examination every year.  
For those who aim to clear India’s top competitive exam, nothing can be more inspiring than the stories of real-life achievers from the field. These real-life champions teach us how through positive attitude towards life one can fight back tough times and accomplish tasks, which once seem insurmountable. 
Mani Ram’s story instils confidence that anybody, irrespective of his or her physical ability and financial background problems, can crack India’s toughest examination if there is a burning desire to do so. To crack the UPSC examination, one does not need to go to an expensive private school or burn one’s pocket by way of paying huge fees to an IAS coaching centre. The “fire” within will take care of every requirement. 
The aim of our Cover Story is to help lakhs of Civil Services aspirants take a step back from all the commotion of success and failure and create a room to think themselves. Through Mani Ram’s story, Bureaucracy Today wants to tell them that this is not the time to resign to fate. Not just yet.
The Cover Story also brings to light the urgent need for the Government to relook at the DoPT guideline which is a roadblock for people with total hearing disability who want to get into the Civil Services overcoming their odds. In this age of advanced medical science, nothing is impossible. The sooner the Government realises this, the better.


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