As India salutes its engineers on National Engineers Day, industrialist Anand Mahindra is also joining the trend. In a dedication on Twitter, Mahindra admired Dashrath Manjhi’s remarkable achievement in blazing a path through a mountain in Bihar’s Gaya district.
Anand Mahindra pays tribute to Dashrath Manjhi on National Engineer’s Day
Mahindra applauded Manjhi’s ability to achieve the seemingly impossible, even though he had no computer skills. Dashrath Manjhi earned the nickname “Hillman of India” due to his incredible determination and perseverance.
Although her story gained a lot of traction when the 2015 film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui was made and gained immense fame in the country, not everyone in India is familiar with Manjhi’s struggle.
It took him 22 years to build a road 1,000 feet long and 25 feet wide. He received recognition and reward from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In 2016, the Indian Post honored him by issuing a postage stamp bearing his image.
Manjhi, a resident of Nagar village in Gaya district of Bihar, dedicated his work from 1960 to 1982 to construct the road. His tireless efforts connected Ghivra Mauja of Dashrath Nagar in Gehlaur Ghati with Atara Prakhand, Wajirganj, significantly reducing the distance from 75 km to just one km. Sadly, Manjhi passed away in 2007 at the age of 70.
This is how Mahindra honored the Indian hillbilly
In his post, Anand Mahindra honored the man and wrote, “On #EngineersDay2023 I bow down to this man. No, he was not an engineer. No, he did not graduate from any Institute of Technology. No, he didn’t even have computer skills nor did he design any machines. But he believed what every true engineer believes: “NOTHING is impossible.”
In #EngineersDay2023 I bow before this man. No, he was not an engineer. No, he did not graduate from any Institute of Technology. No, he didn’t even have computer skills nor did he design any machines. But he believed what every true Engineer believes: “NOTHING is impossible.” https://t.co/zwyDe4Swr0
– Anand Mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 15, 2023
Manhindra’s post soon went viral and garnered over 200,000 views on X, formerly called for billions of people. “.
-Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) September 15, 2023
Another noted that engineering is a lifestyle rather than a profession: “Engineering was about not giving up. Find a way. Proud to be an engineer. It’s not a title, it’s a lifestyle for me.”
For me, engineering was about not giving up. Find a way. Proud to be an engineer. It’s not a title, it’s a lifestyle for me. Happy #EngineersDay2023 to all the jugaaadus in the world
– Apurv Anand (@apurv_anand) September 15, 2023
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