Mountain Man

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The Mountain Man - Dashrath Manjhi Dashrath Manjhi, also known as the Mountain Man, was born in 1934 in a poor family in Gahlour village near Gaya in Bihar, India. His father was a labourer. His wife had to negotiate a treacherous path and spend half a day to fetch water from a distant river. One day a thirsty Manjhi was impatiently waiting for his wife to fetch him water from the other side of the mountain. She had taken longer to come back than usual. Then he saw his wife in the distance but she was coming back empty handed. When he asked his wife, "Why are you coming back empty handed and so late? she started crying. She told him that she slipped and fallen down. She also told him that the water pot had broken and that is why she…show more content…
He once decided that he had to visit Delhi and meet the President of India. He did not have enough money to buy a train ticket. So what did he do? He decided to walk all the way to Delhi, a distance of over one thousand kilometers, along the railway tracks. He did reach Delhi but could not meet the President. Dashrath Manjhi died on 17 August 2007 at AIIMS hospital in Delhi. He was suffering from cancer of gall bladder. To honor Dashrath Manjhi, the Bihar government had announced to name the road built by the Mountain Man as Dashrath Manjhi Road and that hospital in Atri village in Gaya (which is yet to be built), to be named after him. It is unfortunate that Dashrath will not be there to lay the foundation stone when that road is fully developed, but we are sure that his story of determination and courage will continue to be the source of inspiration for many of us in India and abroad. When Manjhi had met Nitish Kumar at a Janata Durbar in in Patna, Nitish Kumar had stood up in reverence to the Mountain Man and even made him sit on the Chief Minister's chair. The Bihar government proposed Manjhi's name for the Padma Shri award for social service. But Manjhi did not get the award. The sheer will power of this man was just amazing. He completed the task in 22 years. It requires tremendous amount of positive attitude to try to achieve one's objective over such a long time. Most of us are willing to give up within a year and quite a few of us are looking for
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