ushil Kumar of Motihari in Bihar has become a hero of sorts after winning a Rs 5 crore jackpot on the Amitabh Bachchan hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati. But Kumar, or Mantu, as he is known back home, feels the power of a bureaucrat is more important than money for changing things in Bihar.
"Money is not everything; power as a bureaucrat is also important for bringing in a positive change in Bihar," he told this newspaper.
Kumar said that while he was enjoying his newfound stardom, he wanted to start preparing for his civil services entrance exams at the earliest. "I have to focus on my dream — to become a civil servant. I will be staying with some old friends in Mukherjee Nagar (Delhi) to prepare for the exams."
With a win, came the offer from the rural development ministry to become the face of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) of which Kumar was an employee until recently, earning a monthly salary of Rs 6,000 for maintaining records on the computer.
"Jairam Rameshji (rural development minister) asked me to endorse MNREGA. I will be going to Delhi soon to work out the formalities," Kumar said.
Contrary to popular perception, he is yet to receive any "offers" from any movie producer or company. "The media has reported that movie producers wanted to make a movie on my rags-to-riches tale and that MNCs wanted to be associated with me, but no one has approached me till now," he laughed.
Denying any political ambitions, Kumar said that his only dream was to be a civil servant so that he could help the poor. "I will spend the price money in repaying debts, repairing the family home and investing in the small business run by his brothers," he explained.
As for donating money to a charity, as is the practice with those winning a substantial amount on the show, Kumar said he had no specific organisation in his mind and he would rather help some old acquaintances who were fighting poverty.
Sushil Kumar, who got married just five months back, said that he was not afraid of being abducted and added that Bihar's notorious reputation was simply a fable created by the media. "Bihar has changed. The people of Motihari are so close to me, no one can even think of harming me. I have never felt that I will be in danger when I go back to my birthplace," he added.