Where there is a will, there is a way. This saying has been proved right by Dashrath Manjhi, a native of Gehlour(near
Before Manjhi’s road, the hill kept the villages of the region in isolation, forcing the villagers to make an arduous and dangerous trek just to reach the nearest market town, or even their own fields. In 1959, this resulted in a tragedy in Manjhi’s household on the treacherous slope. His wife, Faguni Devi, was seriously injured while crossing the hill to bring him water. That was the day he decided to carve out a proper road through this hill. The mission he had set himself meant that he had to drop his wage-earning daily work — his family suffered and he himself often went without food. His love for his wife was the initial spark that ignited in him the desire to carve out a road. But what kept him going without fear or worry for 22 years was the desire to see thousands of villagers crossing the hill with ease whenever they wanted. He is now popularly known as ‘mountain man’..
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The state government had allotted a five-acre plot to Manjhi in Karjani village, which he donated for construction of a hospital. The government had recently announced to name the hospital after Manjhi. The mountain man’s only son and daughter in-law are handicapped and the family lives in abject poverty. For his own family, Manjhi could do nothing more than procuring an Indira Awaas Yojna unit.
In Manjhi’s own words, “What I did is there for everyone to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you,” “I will keep working for the development of the villages here so long I am alive. I am neither afraid of any punishment from any government department for my work nor am I interested in any honour from the government “.