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http://www.dinamani.comVignesh V @ Madurai Born into an impoverished family where two square meals were a luxury, cherishing a dream of becoming a 'super

Published: 17th September 2017 05:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2017 03:58 PM   |  A+A-


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Vignesh V @ Madurai Born into an impoverished family where two square meals were a luxury, cherishing a dream of becoming a 'super cop' was nothing short of sacrilege, especially when time spent poring into books could well have been the difference between a few extra bucks and going to bed hungry. For men of lesser mental fabric than Bharathi Rajan, a resident of Thirupuvanam in Sivaganga district, the day he quit studies to shoulder the responsibilities of a struggling family would have meant burying dreams for a greater cause. But he ploughed on, regardless of the fact that he had to don khaki in the role of a constable as against the cherished dream of becoming an IPS officer. But then, adversity causes some men to break and some others to break records. And break record is what Bharathi Rajan did by cracking the TNPSC Group-I examination to get selection as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. Born to Karuppaiya and Alaguramu in a family of farmers in the hinterland of the district, Rajan's tryst with the harsh realities of life took a turn for worse when he had to quit B Com to support the education dreams of his younger brother. He cleared the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) exam in 2010 and took job as a constable. A far cry from what he aspired to achieve, but survival, not dream, was the priority. The former student of American College in Madurai served as a constable in the city in 2013. “Both my parents were farmers and their main concern was running the family. I had a brother to care of. So I decided to take up the constable job and discontinued my B Com,” Rajan recalls. But in the darkest hours of despair, a ray of light came from a friend. "My friend, Muthuramalingam, a Revenue Inspector in Ramanathapuram, inspired me and never let me give in," Rajan says. While it's the end result that finds mention in the headlines, the long hours spent preparing, many a sleepless night, self-doubt and distrust all get brushed under the carpet. But Muthuramalingam did not allow Rajan to lose focus. This what Muthuramalingam has to say about their stint together: "Bharathi and I started our career together and were in the same battalion. In 2013, I cleared group-II exam of TNPSC and entered the service. While I was leaving, I told him to take up the group or UPSC exams and chase his dream.” Bharathi too recalls their time together with undiluted fondness. "Before Muthuramalingam left, I only dreamt of becoming an IPS officer, but made no effort to acheive it. Though I helped Muthuramalingam with his preparation, when leaving, he told me that I too could do it. Before pursuing my dream, I decided to take up my B Com from where I had left. I joined a correspondence course in the Madurai Kamaraj University,” Rajan tells Express. Now with his brother landing a job, pressure has eased on Rajan. "I want to try and become an IPS officer," says a confident Bharathi. In hindsight, Rajan's indomitable spirit stood him in good stead for had he continued as a constable, it would have taken him his full tenure to become an inspector. "Many end up being only a sub-inspector after a long service. If I performed well, now I can end up becoming an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), the second highest rank a police officer can attain in a State.” After the initial one-year training as DSP in Chennai, he can now harbour dreams of becoming a Superintendent of Police after 10-15 years of service. Box: Bharath joined as police constable in 2010. As a constable, he served in Tirunelveli, Madurai city and Greater Chennai City Police. In 2013, he wrote Group-IV exam and became junior assistant in Veterinary department in Madurai. Later, he wrote Group-II exam and became Audit Inspector in Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department in Mayiladuthurai. He wrote Group-I exam in June 2016, got call letter for Interview in May 2017. The final result released last month.

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