From Hawker to a Judge: Inspiring Journey of a Muslim Youth from Uttar Pradesh


A few years ago, 29-year-old Mohammad Qasim from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, used to wash dirty plates on his father's handcart in Sambhal. He has now brought pride and joy to his family, securing the 135th rank in the Provincial Civil Service (Judicial) examination.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Sincerity of purpose and courage of conviction helped a roadside vendor from Uttar Pradesh fulfill his dreams of becoming a productive member of society and thus carving a niche for himself in the elite zone of the country’s judicial system.

The inspiring story of Mohammad Qasim, a resident of the historic city of Sambhal, about 160 km from the national capital, who transitioned from being a roadside vendor to achieving his dream of becoming a judge, has been chronicled by Abhinav Mathur in his report in India Today on Tuesday.

A few years ago, 29-year-old Qasim, used to wash dirty plates on his father’s handcart in Sambhal. He has now brought pride and joy to his family, securing the 135th rank in the Provincial Civil Service (Judicial) examination.

The results of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Provincial Civil Services (UPPSC PCS) Civil Judge Junior Division exam 2022, also called the Judicial Services exam, were released last week (30 August).

Qasim’s past is filled with struggles and difficulties that would floor most of us. Being part of an economically disadvantaged community, and a son of a hardworking vendor, Qasim had to assist his father with his work and wash dishes at his father’s stall during his primary education years.

Despite these formidable challenges, Qasim’s dreams were never put on hold.

Qasim’s dedication and resolve are reflected in his academic journey. After failing once in tenth grade, he went on to continue his school education in his village and later at Warsi Junior High School.

Subsequently, his higher education took him to Aligarh Muslim University, where he majored in law, and then to Delhi University, where he secured an All India Rank 1 in the LLM examination in 2019. He later qualified for the UGC NET in 2021.

Qasim’s ascent from a roadside vendor to a judge is a testament to sheer hard work, commitment, and the unwavering belief of his family in his potential. The outpouring of joy among his family members and community members upon his judicious achievement is palpable.

Qasim’s humble background and unyielding spirit serve as an inspiration for the youth of Sambhal. It is a remarkable reminder to all that hard work and perseverance always pay off, and that there are no shortcuts to success. His journey emphasises the importance of education and the power it holds to transform lives, the India Today report concludes.


Photo: Mohammad Qasim, a resident of Sambhal, UP with jubilant parents. — Courtesy: India Today


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