Gautam Goswami is no more.
Some of the people are able to condense many of the values and lessons of lives in a short span.
Gautam Goswami chose to get into IAS after his medicine degree. Considering that he belongs to the batch of 1991, his age must have been around 24 yrs at that time. Which means that he managed to enter the prestigious circle at a fairly young age.Thats an indicator of his intellect and also passion for public service.
He must have entered with high ideals and proved this credentials through his efforts in managing Lok Sabha elections in Patna during his stint as DM in 1999 and after that did good job for Bihar Flood victims which led him to get recognition from one of most reputed magazines of the world- The Times.
After some time, he was accused of being part of a scam in the same event which brought him those laurels. From a ground of high morals, high recognition, valour etc he falls to the dark pit of corrupt practice and was convicted. I wonder what would have instigated a person of his potential to get into those activities?
19 months from the time of his conviction, he got to understand that he was suffering from fatal disease of cancer. And now he is no more.
His life span tells us about perseverance, public service, courage, excellence at work and despite all that being pathetically prone to human weaknesses of greed. What is the nature of our mind after all in that case? I got a similar feeling the other day when I read about a former IITian turned bureaucrat being involved in corruption.
For media it must be piece of information and probably it might be followed by some reference in magazines here and there. But such pieces of information are worth diving deeper as they have hints to very critical psychological and spiritual questions related to human motivations.
From a more reflective standpoint, I wonder what his thoughts must have been after facing the insult of conviction in the same gallows which he used to visit at one point as the DM. What must have been his thinking about his acts when at his death bed, he might have faced the same question 'How much land does a man need'?
Apparently he was writing a book while lodged in jail. It may have some deep insights for people who probably lose their values and morals as they are required to work in a system which stinks off corruption from its core.