Let’s have a look at some of these Kashmiris who have reached the pinnacle of success despite all the odds:
1) Meet Dr. Rehana Bashir- The Doctored IAS
Dr. Bashir is the first woman from Poonch district as well as Pir Pangal Range of Jammu and Kashmir to crack UPSC, one of the most admired administerial positions of our country. She donned an All India Rank of 187.
Bashir a doctor, was serving humanity with her expert skills. It was her desire to serve people beyond the capabilities of a doctor that makes her an inspiration.
It was during her internship, which was part of the final phase of pursuing MBBS, when she understood that she can’t restrict herself to saving lives at a hospital and she wanted to reach people who did not have access to hospitals. So she chose to appear for UPSC, 2018. For her success she credits her single mother who despite the responsibility of three children was capable enough to aid her throughout. As Dr. Bashir gives us every reason to be proud of her, her mother sends a strong message of the strength of a woman.
2) Meet Hansja Sharma- The Young Lieutenant
Hansja Sharma, the daughter of Jammu, ex-Cadet, achieved the title of Lieutenant recently and made the valley proud.
As a young girl, Hansja was an aspirant of civil services and had no plans of joining the army. But during her college life, while she was a Cadet at National Cadet Corps, she got an opportunity to visit an Army Attachment Camp. She felt that she was rather made for Army and serve the nation as by guarding it.
As a result, began her preparations to join the Army and recently after successfully clearing the interview at Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defense, she became Lieutenant Hansja Sharma.
She stands tall as an extraordinary example and an inspiration for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
3) Meet Ghulam Rasool Rather- The Gardening Magician
Rather, who hails from Brein Dampora area in Srinagar, is the man without whom the hillock near the botanical garden wouldn’t have been the mesmerizing Tulip Garden, a destination people from all over the country come to visit today in Srinagar.
Rather, who wanted to be a doctor as a child, is the son of a veteran gardener who worked with Jammu and Kashmir’s floriculture department. His father would take him to Mughal Gardens located along the Zabarwan hill range in Srinagar and made him learn the names of flowers and plants. Under the influence of his father, Rather acquired skills to plant a sapling came naturally.
After the death of his father in 1973, when Rather had just passed 10th class, he shaved his plans of being a doctor and chose gardening as profession.
As a result of his skilled training, he landed a job with the government. As he grew in rank and experience, he became the first choice to head the project of tulip garden in 2007.
Along with 36 workers, Rather converted the hillock into the present day Terrace Tulip Garden.
He says, “A doctor heals people’s ailments through medicine. I, as a florist, heal their ailments through bloom of flowers,”
May his legacy continue to thrive the beauty of Kashmir.
4) Ashaq Ashah- The Researcher at CERN
With big dreams in eyes and inspiration from the work of the great scientist, Albert Einstein, Ashaq Ashah from Bandipora became a researcher at Europe’s largest nuclear research operation, CERN, located in Geneva, Switzerland.
He finished a Masters degree in Physics from Kashmir University in 2009 and worked as a researcher at Pondicherry University and then at Delhi University. He grabbed the biggest opportunity of his life to work at CERN in no time.
Ashaq inspires us as a perfect example of growth and achievements. He proves that people with big dreams can achieve them with determination.
At New Age Kashmir, we salute their greatness and choices that have led them to it. We hope that their work inspires many more children and youth to strive and achieve their goals in life and they become shining examples for the generations to come.
Amazing things happen when you don’t give up. So when you feel like giving up your dreams; just give yourself one chance by forcing to work another day, month, a year maybe. It is difficult but you’ll be glad to see the results. Irfan Ahmad Mir’s story is an appropriate example to realize that it is all worth not giving up. He is the first blind cricketer from Kashmir. His journey was not easy, but conquering every hurdle that came in his path made his life worth living.
Irfan was born in a very small village called Dussu which is surrounded by vast saffron fields. His father Abdul Sattar Mir is a farmer who owns orchids and some lands of saffron and mother Saleema Bano is a housewife. He is the youngest among all the siblings.
When he was six-month old baby, he lost his vision to some strange disease. Everyone in his family was shattered completely. They took him to some local doctors but they were not able to help him as this was the first case in their village. They took him to Amritsar, where doctors did surgery but nothing worked. He grew, so did the worries of his parents. His parents put every effort to keep him engaged in different activities so that he could learn. After few years, Sattar approached religious seminars but all refused to teach a blind. Later, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilal’iya helped him , to memorizing two chapters of Quran.
A year post that, Sattar took him to NIVH, Dehradun and it turned out to be his best decision for his son. It changed Irfan’s life completely. He was more confident and started to nurture his childhood passion of playing cricket. He participated in intra-zonal tournament in Dehradun and was selected to play at national level. In 2014, Irfan was approached by the captain of Uttar Pradesh team, Zeeshan Haider, who offered him to play for his team. He readily took the offer and played several matches in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Hyderabad.
Over the years he gained more confidence and was more focused as a player. Ajay Thakur, a Jammu based blind cricketer met him and they formed Jammu and Kashmir blind cricket team.
“Our state had no team for blind cricketers and the idea was appealing so I readily agreed for that,” said Irfan. They played a few matches in Punjab and some national level tournaments in Dehradun.
In 2017, Cricket Association for Blind in India affiliated by World Blind Cricket Association (WBCA), selected Irfan among 50 players to play for international tournaments. “I was the only player from Kashmir to get selected among 50. There was also a guy named Rohit Sharma from Jammu in the list,” said Irfan. He got an international recognition after he was selected for India-England series He is currently preparing for his selection in Blind World Cup (2020) in which he is hopeful to get selected.
Irfan did not make his blindness a hindrance to his dreams because a winner does not know how to make excuses. Irfan is a big inspiration for many. We wish you a lot more victories and success in your life. You deserve it all.