Let’s talk about Dasrath Manjhi. A landless farmer from India, who spent over two decades chiselling away at a mountain with rudimentary tools, to create a road for his community, when the Government refused to.
“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…”
The last picture is of the finished road single handedly made by this Mountain Man of Bihar.
He cut through a friggin mountain! Dasrath Manjhi worked day and night for 22 long years. His wife died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest town with a doctor was 70 km away from their village. Due to the road he created, the distance has now reduced to just one 1 km!
“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”
He never received any recognition or help from the Indian Government for this amazing accomplishment, just a state burial, after he passed away, in 2007.
“What I did is there for everyone to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you.. I am neither afraid of any punishment from any government department for my work nor am I interested in any honour from the government.”
…Never underestimate the power of one.
…Never underestimate the power of love!