Overcoming hardships to becoming IPS: Story of Bushra
Bushra Bano becomes IPS beating four surgeries, responsibility of two kids
By Zeeshan Karimi
Bushra is mother of two children, both born through caesarean surgeries. Besides, she had to endure two more major surgeries. Yet her resolve to continue her education and later pursue competitive exams for various Indian services remained unaffected.
“I was a gifted child since childhood. At least this is what my parents feel proud of and all my acquaintances admit. I started my primary education at the age of four in Class 2. All through my academic life, I have been topper. After completing my B. Sc in Maths (usually rare for girls in India), I decided to go for an MBA and I completed that before I turned 20.
She said that while she was still pursuing her research at AMU, she started teaching at Hindustan and Anand Institute in Agra. “Then I was married to Asmer Hussain, an Assistant Professor in Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. Perhaps as a marital boon, I was also selected as an Assistant Professor at the same university and both of us taught together,” said Bano.
However, Saudi sojourn was not suiting her heart. “I was working there, but my heart always stayed in India. The only memorable thing for us was to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca. After four years, it became impossible for me to defy pangs of homesickness. I consulted my husband and resigned. He stayed back there,” said Bano, insisting that it was the most difficult decision of her life.
After arriving in India, Bano didn’t sit idle. She was now a mother of a son. She joined a post-doctoral programme in AMU and at the same time started preparing for various competitive exams.
Bano also shared an interesting episode of her married life. “In families with kids, it is usually women who sacrifice. But, in my case, my husband sacrificed his Saudi job for me. Since it became clear that I would work in India and our children would also be with me, he decided to resign from his job and join us in India. Now, he works as a businessman,” said Bano.
She added that her husband, who was teaching without a PhD, is now also pursuing a PhD.
As an SDM, Bano has been famous for her stand on illegal mining in Firozabad. She has also been strict in ensuring law and order and devising ways to bring relief to weaker sections of society.
She wears a hijab and it raised some eyebrows in her office. “Some people thought I was kattar (hardline) Muslim. But, when they began to understand me, their doubts melted and now I am their favourite madam,” said Bano.
One of the most joyous moments in her life came when her another attempt at UPSC brought her 234th rank and she was allotted IPS. “But I have decided that I will join it only when I am offered my home cadre. Otherwise, I am happy as SDM in UP,” she said.
Bano’s advice to young Muslims, especially girls and their parents, is that youth will be given the choice to pursue their passion, at whatever stage in their lives. “I chose to quit my Saudi job, come to India and opt for these services and my family supported me. Such cooperation from your dear ones makes a lot of impact in your life,” said Bano.
(Writer is an Aligarh-based freelance journalist)