Meet The Indian Man Who Carved Through A Mountain To Help His Town

Mar 28, 2015

Let's say you live in a small town and that there's another small town less than a mile away. This other town is pretty nice. They have good jobs, schools and doctors. The people from your town go there all the time.

There's just one small problem: there's a mountain in the way.


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Even though it's less than a mile between the two towns, it's a 45 mile hike to go around the mountain. Not surprisingly, most people just try to go over it, but that journey can be pretty dangerous.

Now imagine that one day, while trying to get over the mountain, your wife falls and hurts herself pretty badly. You come to the realization that things just can't keep going on like this, but what do you do?

The obvious solution is to get some contractors and a few million dollars in private or government funding, and get to work blasting and drilling your way through that mountain with a nuclear drill.


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Unfortunately, if you're a farmer living in a poor community in rural India, your chances of marshaling those resources are about as good as being named King of England.


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With no money or network of powerful friends, all you've got is your two hands. So how do you get through?

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If you're Dashrath Manjhi, you grab your hammer and chisel...


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... And you force the mountain to bow down to your will.


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Seriously, that's what he did. Check out the video below (make sure you have subtitles on).


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People said he was crazy, and they all told him it was impossible.


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It took him 22 years, but in the end he proved everyone wrong.


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That's the kind of determination and patience that'd make Andy Dufresne proud.


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Though he passed away in 2007, Manjhi's friends and family are determined to carry on his legacy. Though they are old and some are ill, they draw their strength from the example that he set.

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They may not be glamorous enough for Hollywood, but their work is no less important, by any means.


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Just as Manjhi dedicated himself to improving his community by building them a road, his friends and family are trying to pay it forward by helping the next generation get education, so they can have better lives.


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It's a long-term goal, and it's certainly not an easy task by any means, but neither was hammering through a mountain with hand tools. All that matters is that a little more progress is made every day.

In this way, the incredible legacy of Dashrath Manjhi lives on.


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