Ira Singhal inspired many when she became the first physically-challenged candidate to top the civil services exam in the general category. Ira first appeared for the UPSC exam in 2010 and secured 815th rank. She was not given a posting due to her disability, but she refused to give up and decided to fight the system.
Talking about her UPSC journey, Ira said, "I attempted the CSE for the first time in 2010 and subsequently in 2011, 2012, 2013 as well. I did clear the examination in my first attempt itself, but because of my disability, I was declared ineligible to occupy any post other than the Indian Revenue Service."
Ira fought for four years and she got her IAS posting in Hyderabad in December 2014. The system couldn’t hamper her will. Once again, this fighter par excellence has proved that nothing can bring her down.
Ira, who was recently trolled on social media, shared the incident on her Facebook account. She wrote, “For anyone who thinks people with disabilities don't have to face anything, as the world is nice and kind - just sharing someone's comments from my Instagram account. A face of cyber-bullying. Unfortunately, someone who cannot be bullied is being attempted to be bullied. And this is probably a person who wants to be a Civil Servant. This is why we need Inclusive Schools and this is why we need our education system to focus on producing better human beings more than anything else.”
She shared two screenshots of a guy who commented something terribly nasty on her Instagram profile.
She further wrote, “EDIT 1 : Thanks everyone for your kind words. A lot of people are asking that I get him punished. There are a few things to that - 1. Getting punished doesn't change your mentality. He will not suddenly become a great person. All that will happen is that our anger gets satisfied. What really needs to be done, is to help people change their mentality and attitude towards disabilities and abilities. 2. We think what he said is wrong. If we think so because we are talking about the fact that he is trying to abuse someone without cause then yes he is wrong. But if we think he is wrong because that word is bad, then we need to make that word become ok. Let us realise that being disabled - andha, behra, kubda, etc are not bad things. These words are bad if we think being that way is bad. So let us be clear that words are bad if we think being like this is bad. But oh yes, attempting Cyber-bullying is bad and must not be tolerated. Unfortunately, he picked someone who cannot be bullied 🤣🤣🤣”
Shame on these faceless trolls who spare no one and spit venom all over social media, and kudos to Ira for handling it brilliantly.
Here’s how people applauded her for the befitting reply she gave to the troll.