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Turning 18 with HT: ‘Quota system must go, we need meritocracy’

Meet Mr Xaviers: He is a wannabe engineer and bureaucrat, who loses track of time while watching Bollywood movies.

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2018 16:25 IST
Manraj Grewal Sharma
Manraj Grewal Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18,Quota system,meritocracy
Aviraj Singh is fearless, but mortally scared of Mathematics. (Anil Dayal/HT)

A big fan of Alia Bhatt and Virat Kohli, Xaviers’ Aviraj Singh says exams are easy if you master the concepts:

Name: Aviraj Singh

Born: 6 Oct 2000

Badge of honour: School Captain, St Xaviers, Chandigarh

On turning 18

It means bidding farewell to childhood, and stepping into adulthood. It leads to heightened expectations from both parents and teachers. From now on, I will start developing my thought process in such a way that I can think and act with maturity.

What I want to be and why

I want to be an IAS officer to serve my nation and contribute to its progress. I don’t know what will come my way, but I am confident that I will be able to confront the situations that I face and crack the various exams.

My role model

I don’t have one, I don’t want to be like anyone else, I will strive to become the best possible version of myself. And for this, I am willing to learn from everyone.

Fear and fantasy

I have been raised to be fearless but I am mortally scared of my Mathematics paper. As for my fantasy, I am a huge fan of sports cars. I dream of owning a Lamborghini 700 with a top speed of 350 kmph or a Bugatti Veyron, which can zip from 0 to 100 in 2.6 seconds.

What makes me happy?

Spending time with family and friends makes me happy. I am also an avid cricketer and getting a good score gives me a high. Right now, I am on cloud nine because I have just been adjudged Mr Xaviers.

What I can’t live without

I can’t live without oxygen (laughs). I can’t live without thinking about what I need to do to convert my dreams into reality.

Social media means to me

It is a great platform to share your thoughts, opinions and emotions. But the social media is like any chemical formula, you need the right mix for a balanced equation. The social media should also be used in a balanced manner, the trick is to not get addicted to it.

Money to me

It’s not just a piece of paper, it is the most important thing on the planet. A lot of money has to earned for the Bugatti (laughs), but it has to be earned with honesty and respect.

Religion means to me

No matter which religion you follow, it teaches you the same lesson of brotherhood, love, tolerance and empathy. But religion shouldn’t be used to instil the fear of God in people. I consider God my buddy, I really love Him.

You happy at the moment

Yes I am, though I am a little concerned about my board exams. We are responsible for our own happiness. It’s an art and if we practice it enough, we’ll be good at it.

What makes me angry

Hypocrisy and lies make me angry. I can’t stand double-faced people.

My idea of India

It’s a country of great cultural diversity, which is on its way to becoming a global superpower.

What I don’t like about India

The quota system rankles me because we cannot become a world leader without meritocracy. We also need to banish corruption, and tackle poverty by giving people resources to earn their livelihood. I also can’t stand the tendency of Indian parents to foist their aspirations on their children. They should let youngsters find their own path.

I admire the most about India

It’s a very long list. Isn’t it commendable that we have progressed by leaps and bounds in the last 71 years? We are a very beautiful country with rich heritage and climactic variations that make us a magnet for tourists. We have business leaders like Ratan Tata, who set a great example.

Changes I want to see in Chandigarh

People should cherish the fact that they live in one of the most beautiful and planned cities of India. They should be more sensitive towards their duty to keep it clean and safe. Also, we must follow traffic rules, it’s unfortunate that so many lives are lost on our roads due to rash drivers.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 16:22 IST