Impossible is not a fact, it is an opinion. This saying really depicts the life of the first IAS officer from a small community in Manipur which helped him set a trend. Even with limited access to resources, this man fulfilled his dream of becoming an IAS officer.
S Asker Ali belongs to a minority community in Manipur called Meitei-Pangal. Forming a mere eight per cent of the state’s population, Meitei Pangal has hardly any opportunities for exposure. Even with limited access and various difficulties such as economic and financial, he went on to pursue his academic interests. A graduate in Physics from Delhi University, Asker enrolled at a coaching institute after he completed his graduation.
In a post made by Humans of Lbsnaa, the 167th rank holder said, “I have wanted to be an IAS since class 9.” He cleared the UPSC in 2015 and became the first from his state to do so. He goes on to say, “During school, I used to work with my parents in our agricultural fields. That ingrained in me the value of hard work.”
He further adds, “Today, I am the first direct IAS – that’s a feat that is mine forever, something I will always be proud of. I also believe its special because it may be a small success but it will be an example for others to follow in our community. How education can be a game-changer will be seen by the community, and that’s a step towards a better future.”
He concludes with a positive note that, “It doesn’t matter where you come from and who you have been – as an IAS you are an Indian and you must work for the country. We will progress best and fastest when we make our diversity a strength,when we take everyone along and when we think as one Nation.”
His achievement through various difficulties will surely motivate much more youth to come up and make a name for themselves.