-:M Rafi Ahmed:-
If Dr N Sundaradevan, who retired as Additional Chief Secretary in 2012, is credited to be the first male member from Badaga community to become an IAS officer, twenty six year old S Malliga, a BTech grad from Tamil Nadu Agricultural Univeristy (TNAU) becomes the first girl from the clan to crack the civil services.
On cloud nine is enthusiastic and enterprising Malliga after clearing her passion for civil services in the fourth attempt. Like the proverbial–Failures are stepping stone to success, the Badaga girl left no stone unturned to achieve her goal ,come what may. Hailing from a small hamlet of Kaggula near Kotagiri, she completed her schooling at Coonoor St Joseph’s Convent Anglo Indian Girls Higher Secondary School.
After pursuing her graduation in bio-technology at TNAU, she moved to Chennai to prepare for her dream civil services at an institute. As fate would have it, she couldn ‘t make it despite three attempts. However, she put up a brave face to try again and came out successful with 621 All India Rank. Of course, her parents–K Sundaran, a small tea grower and R Chithradevi, former village health nurse and scores of her friends extended support in her efforts to scale new heights.
Self motivation helped me in achieving my goal, Malliga told this scribe and added that one shouldn’t get dejected over failures as she had a strong belief in Missile Man of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s inspiring quote–“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning”; End is not the end, infact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies” in reaching great heights in one’s chosen line of interest.
Malliga said that since she wouldn’t get IAS slot based on her rank, she said that she would make a try again as IAS is her childhood dream. This only proves to show how much she is inclined towards IAS and her confidence to excel. Interestingly, Nilgiris District Collector Innocent Divya felicitated her besides scores of Badaga association members also rejoiced her success thereby making their Badaga community proud.