We all have heard of Dashrath Manjhi, the Mountain Man, from Bihar. Manjhi lost his wife because she could not avail medical help in time. In 1960, Manjhi started to carve a way through. It took him 22 years.
The same love and dedication we can see in Bapurao Tajne. Bapurao lives with his wife in drought-struck village in Washim district of Maharashtra. Tajne’s wife wanted to take some water from the village well. However, she was stopped by villagers because she is a Dalit. She was ridiculed by the villagers. Bapurao was deeply anguished by such treatment and decided to dig a well for his wife. When he decided to undertake this challenge; his own villagemen made fun of him. But this did not let him down. Tajne single-handedly dug a well not only for his wife but also for villagers. However being a poor man he could not afford to let go of his livelihood. Every day he worked for four hours before going to work and for two more hours after returning from there.
His wife Sangita now regrets mocking at him. “I did not help him a bit until he struck water. Now the whole family, except the two kids, helps him as he deepens and widens the well. It is already 15 feet deep and Bapurao wants to dig 5 feet further. It is 6 feet wide at the top and he wants to make it 8 feet wide. We are hoping our neighbours will help us in this task,” she said.
Hats off to this man for doing such a brilliant job.
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