Dreams can be translated into reality if the dreamer has that indomitable will, drive and spark to surge a person on until the goal is attained. A dream is not that you get in your sleep but it is something that doesn’t let you sleep.
Inspired by this phrase, a young man from the economically backward sections of the society always dreamt higher to achieve something great in life and the success came following him around like a shadow. Who would have thought that a pizza delivery would go on to become a special police offer?
Yes, Moin Khan stands tall in Khaki with stars dazzling on his shoulder. His story teaches us to dream big and achieve big in life.
Coming to the story, in militancy-infested Jammu and Kashmir, Moin Khan worked as a waiter, a car washer and also a helper at a grocery store for over seven years, Today, he stands tall in Khaki with stars glittering on his shoulder.
The 28-year-old Moin Khan now attributes his massive achievement to ‘Operation Dreams’, coaching classes which was run free of cost by an IPS officer Sandeep Chaudhary.
“I belong to Thanda Pani village in Nagrota constituency of Jammu district. My parents are illiterate and I am the first graduate in the family,” Khan said.
Currently, Moin Khan is going through training drills at the Udhampur police training academy.
“My father Mohammed Sharief used to sell milk before opening an eatery (dhaba) in Gujarat but in 2009 he met with an accident,” Khan said.
After the tragedy, Khan, who was left to be the sole breadwinner for his family, picked up small works along with pursuing academics.
“I graduated in commerce via correspondence in 2012, then joined Pizza Hut as a waiter for about 2,500 per month for three years. Simultaneously, I pursued BBA,” he said.
Khan worked hard from 6 pm to 2 am every night at Pizza Hut. He didn’t stop there as he used a small space available to him at Narwal to start a car washing business with assistance from friends and worked as a car washer for 3 years.
“Eventually, a notification for the recruitment of sub-inspectors was out in 2016 and I applied for it,” he said.
“A friend told me about ‘Operation Dreams’ being run by an IPS officer at a banquet hall where students from weaker sections were taught free of cost. I joined the classes which helped me crack the exams. In December last year, results were declared and a week ago I joined the police training academy at Udhampur.”
Sandeep Chaudhary who is a senior superintendent of police Shopian said, “We began Operation Dreams in Jammu where I would teach 150 students from 8 am to 10 am. Moin Khan worked very hard and cracked the physical, written and interview stage of the examination. I am proud of him.”
“His is a story of pure grit. It is quite a journey from a Pizza Hut waiter to a police sub-inspector. No excuse is big enough to crush our dreams,” Chaudhary said.