Not sure how many of you are on facebook. One Ibnlive.com clip doing the rounds is an IAS topper saying how much his father sacrificed to make him an IAS.
He talks of his father selling his land. He talks of not having a house to live, but still studying for his IAS.
His father says I would have sold my kidney to make my son an IAS officer. And the son says proudly that his father used to go walking, but insisted that the son should go by auto…because he has an exam.
I quite liked the sacrificing spirit. However, I did not like the video on 2 grounds:
1. The father (and presumably) son duo did not know anything about IAS as a career – except that the guys had tremendous power. Normally to the normal person authority means huge sums of money (this is a Bihar story, so dowry too). If he is planning to be an honest officer, is this job of a great attraction? Frankly I do not know or do not have an answer. After all each person has to answer that question for himself / herself.
2. Parents spending on kids is fine, but within limits. For one such ‘success’ of getting into IAS, surely the world is full of IAS dropouts and rejects. How will such fathers recover their investments? I really do not know. Even this kid did not look like a 22 year old. He must have been about 26-7….so there is an opportunity cost also.
Should parents sell off everything to educate their children? Not asking people who have money for EVERYTHING…
Asking those parents who have (say Rs. 5 Lakhs) – should they give it to his FATHER who needs the money for treatment of cancer, or his daughter who wants it for her MBA (or marriage) or use it for his own retirement?
Not easy answers, needs some soul searching and cruel decision making powers. To me it is scary!
3. Also look at the huge risk involved. If the son has an accident (therefore incapacitated to hold a job, or dies) what happens to the father’s old age.
It is easy to applaud the results of a risky journey, it takes a risk manager to understand the risks that the person undertook while doing the trip.
All the best to the IAS officers…and may this kid do well.
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