Man who Moved a Mountain

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One of the more notable people in the last century is a man who moved a mountain with stone resolve and belief at his back to support him. Dashrath Manjhi ran away from his residence at a young age and served at Dhanbad’s coal mines. He returned to his village and espoused Phalguni Devi. While traversing Gehlour hills to bring him lunch, she slipped and severely injured herself, which ultimately led to her demise. Manjhi was profoundly depressed and that very night determined to carve a way through the Gehlour hills so that his community could have an easier passage to medical attention. He cut a path 360-feet-long (110 m), 25-feet-deep (7.6 m) in areas and 30-feet-wide (9.1 m) to make a road through the stones in Gehlour hill. He quoted that, When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic, but that steeled my resolve. He concluded the work in 22 years (1960–1983). This path reduced the distance separating the Atri and Wazirganj quarters of the Gaya region from 55 km to 15 km. Though ridiculed for his efforts, he has made living easier for people of Gehlour village. While he had cut a protected mountain, which is a crime under Indian Wildlife security act, his great determination remains an inspiration. Later, Manjhi said, Though most villagers insulted me at first, there were quite a few who lent me aid later by giving me food and helping me buy my tools. He never received any appreciation from the Indian Government for his accomplishment, just a state burial, after he passed away, in 2007. “What I did is there for all to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you,” Dasrath Manjhi once said. “I am not afraid of any punishment from any government department for my work nor am I interested in any honour from the government.” It took him 22 years to fulfil his self-imposed task, but it granted him immortality…