The Man who moved Mountains

Let’s see the story of an ordinary man, who carved a path in the mountains for his people… Interesting and Inspiring huh??

He was a landless laborer, who had to trek across the entire mountain everyday, to reach his workplace. Since the road that leads to his workplace was a dangerous one, often accidents happen. He always think of his people, the sufferings he and his people face on day to day manner.. He wanted someone to help his people… When no one came, he wanted to do that to his people. After deciding he would help his people, he never stopped.. He without pausing, started doing his part to his people… 

Dashrath-Manjhi-1This is the story of Dashrath Manjhi: the man who moved a mountain, so that his people could reach a doctor on time.. He lost his wife, because he couldn’t take her to hospital ontime.. How cruel this world is?? One side, people have resources which are going out of their hands… That is they have the resources way more than they need.. On the other hand, people are suffering without even the basic amenities… 

“All I want is a road, a school, and a hospital for our people. They work so hard. It will help the women and children in our village. ”
– Dashrath Manjhi

I would say, I want this, I want that and this society needs these changes etc., but will I get down in the field and work towards the change? I might hesitate and at times, I might look for supporters.. But this man, is definitely a Mountain Man…

Now, wondering why he has to pave way in the mountain for his people?? That’s the cruel side of his hard work… It was 1960. As always, we had this untouchability & all those stupid customs… Landless laborers, the Musahars lived amid rocky terrain in the remote Atri block of Gaya, Bihar, in northern India. They were regarded the lowest of the low in a caste-ridden society, and denied the basics: water supply, electricity, a school, a medical center. A 300- foot tall mountain loomed between them and civilization. This tall mountain stopped them from accessing the said basic needs. 

Dashrath tilled fields for a landlord on the other side. He got tired of walking all 70 kms, so he wanted to pave a way.. Dashrath sold his goats, and bought a hammer, chisel, and crowbar. He climbed to the top, and started chipping away at the mountain.


Armed with just a hammer and chisel, he hacked through the mountain for 22 long years, and carved a road 360 feet tall and 30 feet wide. This road reduced the distance from his village of Gehlour to Wazirganj town from 75 km to 5 km. People from 60 villages in Atri could use his road. Children had to walk only three kilometers to reach a school. The government rewarded his efforts with an award, but Manjhi reportedly returned it, “I do not care for these awards, this fame, the money,” he had said. How cool this is, right?? Now, all people care for is money, fame and power… 

“I started this work out of the love for my wife, but continued it for my people. If I did not, no one would.” Manjhi’s words reflect the reality of our country.. We all wanted some change in the society, but we never wanted to take the initiative step… Even if someone takes, all we do is first to call that person a mad… But still Manjhhi carried out his work and completed in 22 years… He didn’t hesitate for his long and hard work…

One thing here is though the community cast them as lowest caste-ridden people, Government shouldn’t have neglected them their basic rights.. Government should have been showered them with their rights, should have provided with all the basic needs… But why did it fail? Why did Government ignore this man’s work all those 22 years? What made Government later to provide him with all the awards? Did the Government think that this award would take him out of his sorrows and sufferings?

Why can’t Government ever recognize someone for their efforts and help them, before it is done?

On August 17, 2007, Dashrath Manjhi, lost his battle with cancer. To this day, Manjhi’s community in Gehlour lives in poverty, with no access to schools and jobs.. Where is Government and what is it doing?

Manjhi, blew the way in the natural made mountain. But his community people is challenged with all man-made mountains like poverty & untouchability… I learned that the real hero lies inside us… We have to rise up to the moment and make the required change… I wish to pick up the hammer  and start chipping away all the mountains that act as hurdle for our society from growing … 


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