26 February, 2021

Jayanti Ravi, Collector

Jayanti Ravi, Collector
Jayanti Ravi In Gujarat's sullied and disillusioned bureaucracy, she is an exception. Collector of the Panchmahals district, home to the infamous Godhra, she ensured that the town remained peaceful after the firebombing of a passenger train killed 58 passengers. To be sure, Panchmahals was rocked by violence—with 88 officially recorded deaths. But in the communally-volatile Godhra, not a single death was recorded after the torching of the Sabarmati Express on February 27.

There is overwhelming respect for the unassuming and upright Jayanti. The mother of two is known for her integrity and her uncompromising stance, even taking on powerful adversaries. Indeed, during her tenure at Panchmahals, she has come under considerable transfer pressure for not bowing to the demands of local politicians.

A nuclear physicist by training, Ravi quit the Nuclear Science Centre for the IAS in 1991 and hasn't looked back. "This job is much more fulfilling. You can make a direct intervention," says the 35-year-old...

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