Dashrath Manjhi - The Man Who Moved a Mountain
Others were calling him a madman for toiling away on the rocks. But Dashrath Manjhi was not crazy. He had a quest to break a path through a small mountain so the entire village can benefit from it. This is legendary achievement now because he carved an entire road with hand tools only. ...and it took 22 years to accomplish. Manjhi started off his extraordinary task in 1960, after his wife was injured while trekking up the side of one of the rocky footpaths. Nearest hospital was some 70 km away as he had to travel around the mountains. He lived in Gehlour Hills in Bihar, India. All he wanted for his people is to have easier access to doctors, schools, and opportunity. Armed with only a sledge hammer, chisel, and crowbar, he single-handedly began carving a road through the 110 m mountain. It was isolating his village from the nearest town. “People told Manjhi that he wouldn’t be able to do it,” said Dahu Manjhi, the man’s nephew, “that he is a poor man who just needs to earn and eat.” He sold the family’s three goats to buy the hammer and chisels and worked every day on the project to make it successful. After plowing fields for others in the morning, he would work on his road all evening and throughout the night.