Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to join the Indian Civil Service when she was young and serve Indians and the then British Empire. Does it sound interesting and strange? It is true.
Details of Margaret Thatcher’s patriotic upbringing have been released on her foundation website which has archives on her work, statements and interview. As revealed by the website, Mrs.Thatcher had an ambition as a child.All the missionaries used to come and people used to come from India. Thatcher wanted to be part of the Indian Civil Service, because it was the best in the world.
The Indian Civil Service was started under the East India Company as the Hon’ble East India Company Civil Servants and after 1886-1887, it was converted into the Imperial Civil Service. After India’s independence in 1947, it was eventually replaced by the Indian Administrative Service.
Baroness Thatcher, who led successive conservative governments in Britain, narrated how she was influenced by her father, a grocer and mother, a home maker made her patriotic and proud of her country, knowing about Canada, South Africa,Australia, New Zealand and India. She was brought up and convinced that Britain was best in the world, because she had standards of honesty and integrity and law. Considering that Indian Civil Service was the best in the country, she wanted to join the Indian Civil Service and help the Indians. Indian Civil Service was part of the British Civil Service and it was the best in the world. and it was to do things for Indians and it was to help them.
After getting graduated in Oxford, though she had the ambition of joining Indian Civil Service, subsequently things got changed, she joined politics and went on to become the first woman Prime Minister of Britain. However, Thatcher passionately recalled how she was very much interested in joining Indian Civil Service to help the Indian people.
She also realized that what her father said was true about the dismemberment of British Empire after the second world war.Thus things got changed including her ambition to become a member of the Indian Civil Service.