He may have lost the first rank of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2015 to her, but he clearly won her heart. Shunning the inter-faith taboos, IAS toppers Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir- ul-Shafi Khan got married on 20th March 2018.
In a country where people belong to different faiths, at times it becomes quite a challenge to live in peace and harmony without letting other people's beliefs affect you. Although education has played a major role in broadening the younger generation's mindset (I conducted a poll amongst my 17-25 year old friends and 91% of them agreed that Inter-faith marriages should not be considered a taboo in society), India still has a long way to come in accepting inter-religion marriages without hesitating.
This is because our country has the culture of following the parents decisions when it comes to marriage, which in a way is a good thing, since elders have a lot more experience and understanding than people of marriageable age (young people in "luv" tend to lose their sense of judgement and can't think or see clearly at that age; according to parents and family).
Amidst all this, it is really amazing to see people take efforts to marry someone by seeing through their religion and into the person that they truly are.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday congratulated IAS topper Tina Dabi and her Kashmiri batchmate for getting married, but did not spare a chance to take a swipe at 'growing intolerance'. "Congratulations Tina Dabi & Athar Amir-ul-Shafi, IAS toppers, batch of 2015, on your wedding!," said Rahul Gandhi in a tweet."May your love grow from strength to strength and may you be an inspiration to all Indians in this age of growing intolerance and communal hatred," he added.