Indeed, never underestimate the power of one. People laughed and made fun of him but Dashrath Manjhi just continued with what he believed in for 22 years. And he had a reason too.
Here are some facts about the Mountain Man:
- Previously, the people of this small village in the state of Bihar, India had to travel 70 kilometres to reach to the nearest town to get medical attention
- In 1959 Dashrath Manjhi’s wife died from lack of medical care
- In memory of his wife, he carved the path in the Gehlour hills so that his fellow villagers could have easier access to medical care
- He worked day and night for 22 years and broke down the hill
- The path is 360 foot long and 25 foot deep.
- He shortened the distance from 70 kilometres to just one kilometre
- He worked from 1960 to 1982
- For his achievement, Manjhi became popularly known as the ‘Mountain Man’
- He died on August 17, 2007 at the age of 73
- To honour his achievements, a hospital in his name is being proposed for serving the villagers
- When a movie on his life was announced, Manjhi was on his deathbed. He put his thumb impression on an agreement and gave away “exclusive rights” to make a film on his life
- The mountain man was given a state funeral by the Government of Bihar.
via India Today