The results of Class 10 and 12 boards are a much-awaited time when we hear of a lot of dreams come true for people who are usually forbidden to dream by the society they inhabit. Here is one such story of the daughter of a daily labourer who and her family had been living on the footpath from where she prepared for her 10th Standard State Board exams.
Bharti Khandekar took all preparations for her Boards while living on a pavement near Shivaji Market of Indore. Videos and images uploaded on Twitter show the girl studying with a mask on her face with her mother seated beside her, all from their makeshift dwelling on the footpath. The girl scored a commendable 68% in her boards defeating all difficulties and came to be noticed by the greater civic society and authorities.
The Indore Municipal Corporation has arranged for a 1 BHK flat for the girl and her family, where, they shall be living henceforth. Taking cognizance of the brilliant first division marks Bharti scored and her dedication, arrangements of further free of cost education have also been made for her by the government.
Dasharath Khandekar, Bharati’s father had never gone to school himself. Bharti is a first generation learner in the family. The family used to live in a small hut in a corner of Shivaji Market but after an encroachment drive their hut was demolished following which, the family started living on the footpath. Dasharath is as enthusiastic about Bharti’s education as is the girl herself.
Bharti credits her parents with contributing to her excellent results. Though both her parents work as daily wage earners,they never let her compromise on her studies. Bharti managed to keep her studies going even after taking care of her younger brothers by staying up late at night.
Bharti wishes to pursue administrative services and become an IAS officer in the future. She is a living proof of how the seemingly unachievable can be accomplished with sheer willpower. Bharti is one of those rare examples of dedication and we surely need more like her in the country to prove that David can indeed take on Goliath and come out victorious.