Dashrath Manjhi, the Indian man that carved a mountain

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Dashrath Manjhi was a remarkable man that has carved through a mountain for 22 years to create a road from his village to a hospital.

He carved day and night from 1960 to 1982

His story began in 1960 when his wife, Falguni Devi died because she was not able to get any medical treatment as the nearest hospital was 70 kilometres away. As Tehelka.com reports, the villagers asked the government for help several times, but they had been ignored. “I knew if I did not do it myself, neither would the government do it nor would the villagers have the will and determination. This hill had given us trouble and grief for centuries. The people had asked the government many times to make a proper road through the hill, but nobody paid any attention. So I just decided I would do it all by myself.” ( tehelka.com, sep.1, 2007)

Thus, Dashrath decided to make his life’s purpose to create a shorter road from his village to the hospital. However a shorter road would have meant carving thourgh the mountains of Gehlour hills. Now we know carving through mountains would mean excavators, a team of engineers , plenty of money and time. But Dashrath decided to do it on his own.

They say love can move mountains

What drove him was the love for his wife. As tehelka.com reports, Dashrath Manjhi said “My love for my wife was the initial spark that ignited in me the desire to carve out a road. But what kept me working without fear or worry all those years was the desire to see thousands of villagers crossing the hill with ease whenever they wanted,”

Using just a hammer, a chisel and his nails for 22 years he has worked day and night and finally shortened the way to the hospital from 70 kilometres to one kilometre. Of course his story became famous in India and so the government has given him a five acre plot as a gift in his village, plot that he decided to donate for the building of a hospital.

You would think the government would have the resources and brain to build a hospital closer to the village, instead of giving him a piece of land.

Dashrath Manji has died in 2007, but what he did is save probably many lives by creating this road. Moreover, his story will not be forgotten as it has been retold in a movie called Manjhi, which is said to be released at the end of this year.

His story is very similar to Dobri Dobrev ( the beggar that donates his beggin money to orphanages) or to Joynal Abedin( the rickshaw driver who put money aside for 30 years for the construction of a hospital).

If people with so little resources can do so much, think how much we ( that have a little more money, computers, internet, more food and financial possibilities) can do!


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