A Steel Resolve

This weekend, I’m going to share an unusual inspiring story of a fragile girl with an angelic smile.

This is the story of the struggle of a self-made person moving from marginalisation to reclaiming a position in the mainstream.

Ummul Kher, 35, brought up in slums of Delhi, fought with poverty and genetic disorder, drawing inspirations from Lal Bahadur Shastri, Subhash Chandra Bose, Martin Luther King and Helen Keller.

Her father worked as a street vendor, but later her family decided to shift to their hometown in Pali-Marwar, Rajasthan. But Ummul decided to stay back against the wishes of her family. She was disowned by her family.

Ummul then got herself admitted in a government-run charitable trust school. She took a small hut, and started giving tuitions from 3 P.M. to 11 P.M. after her school time for her livelihood.

Ummul suffers from Fragile Bone Disorder, and even minor injury causes extreme pain and discomfort. With 16 fractures and 8 surgeries, she had been on a wheelchair for months, but all this only uplifted rather than dim her spirits.

She cracked a reasearch fellowship with stipend of Rs 25K at JNU. She was working in Shinjuku, Japan in Duskin Leadership Training as a trainee since September 2014.

But despite pursuing a Ph.D., the IAS, the most challenging career, remained a dream for this young lady. She finally achieved her dream of becoming an IAS officer after qualifying for UPSC exams in 2016 in the first attempt.

This story once again proves that a steel resolve is capable of achieving anything despite all odds stacked one. Sooner or later, one who wins, is the person, who thinks, he can…

–Kaushal Kishore

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    1. Yes, now they are in touch, but being not so literate, they don’t know what is the importance of being an IAS officer. Thank you, Pat, for reading and commenting!

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  1. Thank you, Kaushal for writing about a young girl with such determination to achieve her aims against all odd because it gives the encouragement and impetus to all of us,
    Reading about people like Ummul always makes me jolt forward – if she can do it so can I.
    Theodore Rosoevelt said:
    “Believe you can, and you are half way there!”


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    1. In one of interviews, Ummul had said exactly what Roosevelt had said. Thank you, Joanna, for sharing it. She is an ideal for youngsters, especially disabled ones, because success lies in the mind. Thank you for sharing your beautiful reflections!


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