A 19-year-old former police constable is now all set to become an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) after 10 years and what inspired him will put a smile on your face. Manoj Kumar Rawat was inspired by Sunny Deol’s movie ‘Indian’ to follow his dream.

Manoj Kumar Rawat. Source- Express News Service

The hard-hitting and patriotic dialogues from the movie motivated Rawat enough to leave his job in Jaipur rural district as a constable in 2013. Despite, people being critical of his decision to leave behind a comfortable government job, Rawat decided otherwise as he found his sense of purpose.

A dream nourished since childhood, Rawat, now 29-years-old, scored an all India rank of 824 and is likely to become an IPS officer. “I come from a lower middle-class family and knew right from the very beginning that I have to make the most of the opportunities that I get. After my younger brother also got a job as a police constable, I decided to focus on cracking civil services exams and left my job,” Rawat told The Indian Express on Sunday.

Apart from the Bollywood film that motivated him, encouragement of his parents contributed a lot to his achievement. A resident of village Shyampura near Jaipur and a teacher by profession, Rawat’s father always helped him to pursue his dream. His mother was his support system and strengthened his determination to crack the civil services.

Rawat left 3 governmental jobs so that he can concentrate on his exam preparations. “After leaving the job of constable, I got another job as a Lower Division Clerk in 2014. Following that I was also selected as an Assistant Commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which too I left to dedicate all my time in preparation of civil service exams,” said Rawat to Indian Express.

On asking about the change he wants to bring in the society, he said, “the situation has changed a lot for better now. I remember that during my childhood, people in my village didn’t even want to give water to Dalits…

Rawat has also been selected for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and is pursuing his Ph.D. “My Ph.D. subject is Ambedkar View: Dalit Empowerment and Social Justice and I will be submitting it within the next year. The stipend from JRF also helped me to be self-sufficient with the expenses since I had left my job for the civil service preparations,” added Rawat.

When you are determined, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals. We wish Rawat much more success in the times ahead.