IAS topper Tina Dabi has been on the roll ever since she topped the UPSC exam in 2016. From earning accolades for topping in the most prestigious competitive exams to tying the knot with fellow topper Athar Aamir Khan, she attained fame akin to a Bollywood celebrity even before completing her training to be a civil servant.
The 2016 Rajasthan cadre officer then joined the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of Government of India as an assistant secretary last month. Aamir, for his part, secured an equally plum posting in the Ministry of Tourism at the same level.
Aamir has been keeping his fans updated on his recent assignment as he posted several photos from the International Buddhist Conclave (IBC) 2018 being organised by the Ministry of Tourism.
He posted another set of photos from the event on Sunday with a caption, “International Buddhist Conclave 2018. Day 3 at the great (Bihar’s) Nalanda University, the ancient centre of learning which attracted thousands of students and scholars from across Asia and even farther away.”
Meanwhile, Tina has found herself the target of online trolls after she announced that she will be speaking at the next TEDx event organised by Delhi’s Hansraj College. Posting a photo of herself, Tina wrote, “Coming to Delhi University.”
No sooner did she publish the post, trolls began to target her for two reasons. While some users found the ticket price for the event quite exorbitant, many others targeted her for clearing the IAS exams under the SC/ST quota despite hailing from a financially stable family.
Hasnraj College has set the ticket price for Tina’s event between Rs 1,299 and Rs 1,499, which didn’t go down well many of Tina’s followers. “It would have been great to hear from you but when i saw the price of tickets, it is much more than i can afford and there are many students like me,” wrote a follower, identified as Subhash. Another user wrote, “Ticket is very expensive boss.”
Tina’s background as a Dalit also suddenly came up for discussion as many haters began to target her for enjoying her success by passing the exams under the SC/ST quota. One follower wrote, “How can she claim to be a SC/ST candidate? ..She has grown up in big cities..has studied in English Medium School..well settled flourished parents..Yet this girl always keeps crying for her backward caste..like Mayawati..” Another follower, Naveen Kumar, wrote, “She has SC reservation . The TEDx has to invite general category student who cleared UPSC . Every one knows what happen to Ankit Srivastava.”
Tina has chosen not to respond to her trolls and it’s completely understandable why. In the meantime, her fans simply can’t wait to hear her speak at the 1 September TEDx event. Online controversy aside, it’s indeed another achievement for Tina to have become perhaps the first IAS officer to speak at a TEDx event so early in her career as a civil servant.