Jibon left her studies after getting married in 1979. “If you want to be a successful social servant, it’s not good to be too educated. It comes in the way of interacting and building relationships with people,” she says. “I have a good rapport with the poor people of my constituency because they find me approachable enough to share their concerns and problems. If they found me intimidating, they wouldn’t think of me as one of their own,” Jibon adds.
“Education, especially higher education, often gives you a kind of ego and arrogance which goes against the very nature of effective social service. In order to work for the people who elected you, you have to be humble. That I don’t have a high college or university degree is an advantage for me. In the villages of my constituency I just go into people’s houses, sit and eat with them and they bare their souls to me. I wouldn’t trade that for any higher education,” says Jibon.