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We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:
What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
I have been assigned the position of Commissioner, Meerut Division. The current assignment involves supervising the work of District Magistrates. Meerut Division has six districts – Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Baghpat, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Bulandshahar. The land under the whole geographical area under these districts is being managed by the office.
Traditionally commissioner and DM were known as Collector and commissioner. They used to oversee that the land is properly managed by individuals and government agencies. The office manages all the revenue records. They are also involved in revenue collection from villagers. Later on when the country developed, various development schemes also became very important. Task of implementing developmental schemes is also vest with collectors and commissioners.
My work is to coordinate the work of all developmental agencies and oversee that the schemes are implemented properly. If there is any law and order problem, as representative of the government, is our responsibility. Anything, in fact in our district is our responsibility.
Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
No, I live only in the moment, so future planning was never my agenda. Future is something which is very difficult to be predicted. I did not planned to be an IAS as a kid, but later on persuasion of my family I decided to give it a shot. I never had such idea of becoming an IAS. So after passing out from IIT, everybody around me suggested that I should give the exam, so I prepared and cleared the exam. But what is more important is that you should have overview of things. If you want to compete or participate in such exams you should have an overview of what is happening around you. And that should be out of interest and not by force; otherwise it will not remain in your mind. And you will not be able to retain it.
Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
I was pretty naughty and did a lot of naughtiness. I do not as such remember any incident right now but I was very naughty.
Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here ?
Just by staying in the moment. It is very important to stay in the moment and do whatever is important today. Planning is something which is very difficult.
What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
You can do a lot of things for the people who cannot do it themselves. I mean, you can help a lot of people. That is the most important thing and there are things for which no body is looking after. In a country like India, Government is not able to take care of many things. There are lots of gaps in people’s life. So helping a lot of persons is the best thing that I enjoy. Although there are many things that are not part of our duty but I simply enjoy helping people. I firmly believe that if you have the capacity to do it and then you must do it.
Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
In our times we have lot of regards for teachers. To besides education, teachers teaches us life skills as well. Since we had so much regards for them, so anything they said used to be very important for us and we used to immediately grasp it. We used to idolize them. I initially wanted to become a teacher.
Education system gives us knowledge and also tells you how to live your life. Ultimately what you want to become what you want to do in life that means other things beyond rote learning were also told to us by our teachers. Teachers used to be at a very higher level.
What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
I was all and all in sports. I used to play all kinds of sports, kabbadi, patangbazi, cricket, badminton, table tennis. After school I was never in the house. In holidays, I was also never in home. Used to play outside totally after school. I followed no timetable.
How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
Be honest to yourself. If you are not honest to yourself then you cannot do anything. If you fool yourself that you are doing something and not doing it properly you can never be successful.
What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
As I said the value system. In our times, I have studied in government school, we used to give lot of regards to teachers. Rarely had I studied at my house. We used to study in the school only and that was the only thing. And after that we used to study in the exam time. I think that has changed a lot now. Now may be because of the commercialization of education or schools that teacher student relationship is missing. I really could not make out where exactly the problem is since society as a whole is also changing. Tuitions was a rare things but today generation totally rely on tuitions. Now-a-days more emphasis is on passing and pass percentage rather than knowledge. In our times it was more important to have knowledge. See, read or learn whatever you want, but ultimately what matters is how you are able to retain and how much you are able to apply. That is what knowledge is. Parents running after the percentage is silliest thing. My own daughter has not attended school after ninth standard. She is a sports person, so school has also given her exemption. She did not went for a single class. She only used to go for exams.
Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?
Sad incident!!!! See as I told you I live in the present moment. So in case, there was a sad incident, I will not remember it. My system is like this I do not remember unpleasant things.
I also advise not to remember any sad incident in your life. The moment it happen, let it go and remember only the happy incidents of your life and not the sad ones.
Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
The major cause of depression is expectation. Either your own expectation from yourself or expectation of your parents from you. Now this is something which is really dangerous.
See, life is very very long. There is lot to do in life. So in whatever you do and whether you succeed or fail, is not at all important. Specially one exam that you pass or fail it is not going to decide your future. After sometime, people will not even ask you how much marks you go in tenth or twelfth. Whether you qualify for IIT or any other competitive exam or not.
Many student who qualified for IIT and perused IIT are doing something totally different.
Somebody who has studied chemical engineering is doing software engineering. Some people are also doing business after passing out from IIT. So what you do later on will be totally different from what you have thought. So any incident happening now should not have long lasting effect on you.
Many persons who were not able to qualify IIT are doing much better than who studied IIT. So one result does not matter. This life is very long and gives us ample opportunities to prove ourselves. You yourself would see that somebody topping your class is not doing well after ten years. And you would be surprised that this was the topper but maybe I am in a much better position right now. Life should not be judged on the basis of one or two incidents. Setbacks come and you should overcome those setbacks as soon as possible and be ready for the next action.
I never used to get good marks in hindi and English because I had aptitude for maths and science. When I was studying in IIT I got D in electronics but good scorer in astro physics since I had an aptitude for that. Marks should not judge what you are.
What role did your parents play in your success?
They just prayed to God that I should be blessed with knowledge and wisdom. They never forced their own wishes on me and always supported me. I was never asked by my parents whether I am studying or not studying.
What role did your school / teachers play in your success?
School teachers played the most vital role in my success. As I told earlier, I used to idealize my teachers. Still I remember them, still some of the teachers come and meet me or I go and meet them. It is almost 40 years still the relationship is there.
Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
They are my role model since they were so simple and they made such a huge impact on society. Kabir das was such a simple man, but in my opinion he was the most intelligent man who has ever lived on this earth. By the sheer simplicity of his knowledge he used to express society. His dohas have very deep meaning and they are still relevant till today. He lived some 500 years back but has such profound knowledge which we do not have till today. We still get into petty things.
Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
If you want to succeed in life you must have capacity to concentrate and do hard work. I said capacity… doesnot mean that you should be working, working and always working. When the crunch time comes, you should be in the position to perform and do what you were supposed to do. So that capacity has to be there.
In my opinion life is very simple and should be lived very simply. Complications come from emotions like love, hatred likes and dislikes, they create complications. The philosophy that I give to my children is that sadness and happiness should be treated as two kinds of hills.
The hill of happiness should be very low so you can cross the hill easily that means even a very small thing should be able to please, should be able to make you happy.
And the hill of sadness should be very high and should not be easy to cross. That means even a very difficult or sad situation should not be able to let you cross the hill of sadness and should not be able to effect you.
Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed
They should be from different walks of life. You can interview a politician who has risen from scratch and reached a level.
Second you should interview a successful businessman.
Third you can interview a common man, just anybody going on the street.
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My wife is dealing with depression. I want to support her fully as I believe that she would have done the same for me if I was in her place but of late it’s getting tough for me.
Answer by Dr Deepak Raheja: It is evident from the above that you are feeling emotionally betrayed. It is obvious that she has not valued your empathetic stand towards her. I would want you to know that it is normal for anybody in such a scenario to feel dejected and disappointed. So, the way you are feeling is understandable.
However, I would like you to know that depression is a condition wherein; a vacuum of , and emptiness envelops the inflicted person. It is not uncommon for such individuals to exhibit faulty decision-making, as the psychic agencies that control their judgment are impaired. To me, it seems that your wife too, is going through such a phase wherein she might have tried to fulfill that emptiness with her aberrant behaviour.
Research also shows that patients with depression are likely to engage in deviant behaviours such as extra-marital affairs, one-night stands and truancy to reduce the sense of worthlessness and to get an edge to cope with the underlying feeling of hopelessness and low self-esteem. Living in a make-believe world makes the acceptance of painful reality a little easier for them but in the long run this can lead to disastrous consequences if not dealt with appropriately. Hence, I feel you should try to not take on a judgmental stand towards your wife, at the same time reiterating that her behaviour is unacceptable at every level. I feel that to reach out to her, an emotional plea seems to be a better recourse than to confront her, which may lead to the falling apart of your marriage with painful consequences.
– Dr Deepak Raheja is a Senior Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Director of Foundation Hope
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