Kashmiri IAS topper Athar Aamir Khan on Sunday posted a short clip of a speech made during this year’s Republic Day celebration in Rajashthan’s Badnor, where he was recently posted as the SDM. Speaking on the occasion, Khan, who is married to Tina Dabi, the IAS topper of 2016, spoke about the need to educate children and youth in the region and end the practice of child marriage.
Speaking in pure Hindi, Athar said, “We have to decide today that not a single child from Badnor stays outside schools. Not a single youth from here should be without college education. Girls from this area must not stay without school and college education.”
Athar then also highlighted how he had learnt about the unfortunate practice of child marriages in the area during his visits to the villages. He said, “At the same time, when I visited villages in the area, unfortunately I learnt about the practice of child marriages. Small girls are often married at a very young age, which is not correct. Neither is it correct legally nor according to our social norms. This practice is not good for our country. Today, we must vow that we will not let any child marriage happen.”
Athar earned huge applause during his speech as he spoke in Hindi. Plaudits for the young IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir continued to pour in on social media too after he posted a snippet of his speech. Social media users on Instagram were impressed by his ability to articulate the issues plaguing Rajasthan so early in his career as an IAS officer. Other were awestruck by his ability to use pure Hindi words without any difficulty to convey his points to the audience.
User Anmol Tripathi wrote, “I am seeing a future politician to too in you sir…. Excellent communication skills , loved it.” User MD Pathan commented, “Sir Aaj Badnor me har ek insan bs aapki speech sunne k liye hi aaya tha or aapke speech ne sbko impress or motivate kiya…. Thank You sir….Great Speech.” User Abrar Bashir credited Athar’s wife Tina Dabi Khan for improving his Hindi skills. He wrote, “What an effect of @dabi_tina You have learned Typical Hindi within no time.”
Reacting to one user’s question on what steps he was taking on raising awareness on educating children and stopping child marriages, Athar wrote, “Yes, we are trying to reach the people all across the subdivision through schools, panchayats, ASHAs etc to raise awareness about this. This goes along with strict and prompt action against the offenders. We are also creating a network of volunteers and informers in all villages who provide us with information quickly and timely so that we can act without any delay.”