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10 Civil Servants | Poets

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10 Civil Servants Who make India Proud and Love Poetry 


UPSC Officers and Civil Aspirants have a lot of syllabus and they have the opportunity to read a lot of books so that they experience new writing style and they have got a devotion to writing poetry for the satisfaction of their heart and mind. Which is very similar to his true life. The Indian civil services are said to be the dream job for the youth. They are real Heroes in real life. Today is Civil services Days and we'll discuss about their Poetry and literature.

Here are In 10 civil servants who make India proud and Love Poetry:


  • Shrilal Shukla: Shrilal Shukla (31 December 1925 – 28 October 2011) was a Hindi writer, notable for his satire. He worked as a PCS officer for the state government of Uttar Pradesh, later inducted into the IAS. He has written over 25 books, including Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav and Bisrampur Ka Sant. Shukla has highlighted the falling moral values in the Indian society in the post independence era through his novels. His writings expose the negative aspects of life in rural and urban India in a satirical manner. His best known work Raag Darbari has been translated into English and 15 Indian languages. A television serial based on this continued for several months on the national network in the 1980s. It is a little-known fact that he also wrote a detective novel entitled Aadmi Ka Zahar which was serialised in the weekly magazine 'Hindustan'.




  • Ashok Vajpeyi: Ashok Vajpeyi is an Indian poet in Hindi, essayist, literary-cultural critic, apart from being a noted cultural and arts administrator, and a former civil servant. He was chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi India's National Academy of Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, 2008–2011. He has published over 23 books of poetry, criticism and art, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, in 1994 for his poetry collection, Kahin Nahin Wahin. His notable poetry collections include, Shaher Ab Bhi Sambhavana Hai (1966), Tatpurush (1986), Bahuri Akela (1992), Ibarat Se Giri Matrayen, Ummeed ka Doosra Naam (2004) and Vivaksha (2006), besides this he has also published works on literary and art criticism: Filhal, Kuchh Poorvagrah, Samay se Bahar, Kavita ka Galp and Sidhiyan Shuru ho Gayi Hain. He is generally seen as part of the old Delhi-centric literary-cultural establishment consisting of bureaucrat-poets and academicians like Sitakanta Mahapatra, Keki Daruwalla, J.P.Das, Gopi Chand Narang, Indra Nath Choudhari and K.Satchidanandan.



  • Sitakant Mahapatra: Sitakant Mahapatra (born 17 September 1937) is an eminent Indian poet and literary critic in Odia as well as English. He was in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) since 1961 until retiring in 1995, and has held ex officio posts such as the Chairman of National Book Trust, New Delhi since then. He has published over 15 poetry collection, 5 essay collections, a travelogue, over 30 contemplative works, apart from numerous translations. His poetry collection has been published in several Indian languages. His notable works are, Sabdar Akash (1971) (The Sky of Words), Samudra (1977) and Anek Sharat (1981). He was awarded the 1974 Sahitya Akademi Award in Odia for his poetry collection, Sabdara Akasha (The Sky of Words). He was awarded the Jnanpith Award in 1993 "for outstanding contribution to Indian literature" and in its citation the Bharatiya Jnanpith noted, "Deeply steeped in western literature his pen has the rare rapturous fragrance of native soil"; he was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011 for literature apart from winning the Soviet Land Nehru Award, Kabeer Samman and several other prestigious awards.



  • Dr. Hariom: A man of Mettle and strong moral fiber, on a journey. An IAS officer. Who has very little to tell but a lot to learn. A Singer. A poet and storywriter. A Man of many hues a writer, a composer, a singer and an officer, he stands out with his pragmatic and gripping tales of common man struggling with the vicissitudes of life at various levels through his writings, a collection of short stories titled Amreeka, Meri Jaan and his book of Hindi poems Kapaas ke agle mausam mein. The uncertain tales of love and longing and the yearnings of a love poet find expression in his poetic verses, which are now published in his book of verses titled Khwabon ki Hansia while soulful renderings of his own poetry in the music album Roshni ke Pankh(Wings of Light) as well as that of the renowned shayar Faiz in his album Intisaab (Dedication) have now soothed the souls of many who wander in the wilderness of the world looking to quench their thirst for music.




  • Nishant Jain: Nishant Jain, Rank 13 in the UPSC Civil Services Examination-2014, is the topper of Hindi/Indian languages medium. He not only scored third highest marks in Mains Examination, but also obtained highest marks in the Essay Paper. Born and brought up in an ordinary background in Meerut, U.P., Nishant qualified CSE in his second attempt. After graduation in History, Political Science & English and Post-graduation in Hindi Literature, he qualified NET-JRF Exam ofUGC. He used to participate actively in Debate, Poetry, Essay writing competitions in his college days. He was awarded M.Phil degree from University of Delhi. Prior to his selection in the IAS, he served for 2 years in Lok Sabha Secretariat. After two years of IAS training in LBSNAA, Mussoorie, he received a Masters degree in Public Management from JNU. This book for UPSC Preparation is also popular in Hindi (Mujhe Banna Hai UPSC Topper) and Marathi. Besides this, his research based book 'Hindi as Official Language' is published from National Book Trust, India and Poems for Children 'Shadi Bandar Mama ki' is published from Prabhat Books. His lectures/videos are equally popular on YouTube/Social Media. Nishant loves writing poems and interacting with youth. He is officer of 2015 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).




  • Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni: IAS // PD, RUIDP, GoR // Author : Yadavari, Adios, Rankhaar // Photographer. Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni, IAS is the author of the book Rankhar. He is 38 years old. He is the current Collector of Jhalawar, Rajasthan. He was brought up in a small village named Dhanasar, Rajasthan. He was a son of a watchmaker. Still, he achieved great heights due to his determination & hardwork. Great Poet and Writer!




  • Doctor-turned IAS officer and Collector of Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district, Dr Priyanka Shukla has initiated a unique move that ensures employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to women in the tribal-dominated region, and provides fresh food to children at schools for their midday meals. An initiative launched by Priyanka Shukla has helped the district go from poor performer to top achiever in Class X and XII Board exams! In the mineral-rich districts of Chhattisgarh, predominantly inhabited by tribal communities, one often hears tales of exploitation and violence. The actors in these tales are government officials and insurgents or non-state actors. She started an initiative called ‘Yashaswi Jashpur’ (Successful Jashpur) in July 2016 under its Mission Sankalp to further quality education across higher secondary and high schools. She has won 8 national awards till now! She was topper of her batch in Phase 1, District Training, Phase 2 and also very recently in Phase 3 at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
“Being a lady collector, it has always been my dream to see each girl of Jashpur stand on her own feet. Given their special circumstances, I was very keen to see this happen as soon as possible so that apart from being self-sufficient, they can be an inspiration for all the girls of the district. In fact, that was the thought behind finalising the name of the ‘Beti Zindabad Bakery’,” Priyanka Shukla




  • Akhilesh Mishra: Akhilesh Kumar Mishra IAS (Uttar Pradesh 2009 ), Famous Poet and Writer. जितनी शिद्दत से वो दफ्तर में काम करते हैं, उतनी ही तल्लीनता से वो मंच पर कविता पाठ भी करते हैं। प्रशासनिक मजबूरियों के चलते जो बात वह बोल नहीं सकते, उन्हें कहने का माध्यम उनकी कविता बनती है।



  • Abhay K.: Abhay Kumar or Abhay K. (born 1980) is an Indian poet-diplomat and India's 21st Ambassador to Madagascar and Ambassador to Comoros. He has served in different diplomatic capacities earlier in Russia, Nepal and Brazil. His published collections of poetry include The Seduction of Delhi, The Eight-Eyed Lord of Kathmandu, The Prophecy of Brasilia among others while his edited books are CAPITALS, 100 Great Indian Poems, 100 More Great Indian Poems, New Brazilian Poems, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Great Indian Poems among others. He recorded his poems at the Library of Congress. His writings cover poetry, art, memoir, global democracy and digital diplomacy. His Earth Anthem has been translated into over 50 languages. He also wrote an anthem for SAARC spurring search for an official SAARC Anthem. He wrote a 'Moon Anthem' to celebrate the success of India's Moon Mission Chandrayaan-2. He has penned a 'Mars Anthem' to inspire the younger generation to explore our neighbouring red planet. He received the SAARC Literary Award for his contribution to contemporary South Asian Poetry and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013. He has also been honoured with Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in 2014. His The Seduction of Delhi was shortlisted for Muse India-Satish Verma Young Writer Award 2015.



  • Sumita Misra: Sumita Misra is B.A. & M.A. from Lucknow University, Lucknow. She is the Gold Medalist and topper both in B.A. & M.A. Economics. Selected in Indian Administrative Service in 1990, Women’s topper and 10th position holder in her batch.Ph.D in Economics from Kurukshetra University in 2015 on gender Economics.Currently posted as Principal Secretary - Art & Cultural Affairs, Archives and Archaeology & Museums, Government of Haryana. She has got over 27 years of direct hands on experience in public administration as Sub Divisional Magistrate , Deputy Commissioner, Administrator HUDA and heading diverse departments like Irrigation, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Transport, Tourism, Science & Technology and in the Chief Minister’s office. She has studied public policy at Harvard University, USA and Cambridge University, U.K. During her stint as Director, Renewable Energy, Haryana received 3 National Awards from the President of India Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil for outstanding work in Renewable Energy in 2007. Under her leadership Haryana was the National Award winner among all States for Energy Conservation for three years in a row, which is a record. As Managing Director, Haryana Tourism she has successfully organized the 28th Surajkund International Craft Mela in 2014, 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in 2015 and the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela in 2016, successfully turning it into the world’s largest crafts and heritage event. As Principal Secretary, Archaeology she has recently initiated the excavations at Kunal, District Fatehabad which is likely to be the most ancient Harappan Site in the world. Dr. Sumita Misra is also a literary personality. She is the founder Chairperson of the Chandigarh Literary Society and the Festival Director for Literati - the Chandigarh Litfest organized for the first time in the month of November, 2013 at the iconic Lake Club, Chandigarh & every year thereafter. She herself is also an acclaimed poet and published her first book of poems in English titled ‘A Life of Light’ which has a Foreword by late Sh. Khushwant Singh, the famous author and columnist in 2011. Her second book of Hindustani poetry ‘Zara Si Dhoop’ was released in December, 2013 and her third book of poetry ‘Waqt Ke Ujale Mein’ was released in September 2016 to wide appreciation. She has also recently been awarded by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi for ‘Waqt Ke Ujale May’ as the Best Book in Hindi poetry in 2016-17. Her forthcoming book of English poetry tentatively titled ‘Petrichor’ is due soon. She lives in Chandigarh with her husband and two college going daughters.







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