The past 1 month has been replete with extremely humbling (and inspiring!) experiences. For the summer of 2014, i am interning with a New York-headquartered global consumer goods company and have been asked to pilot an innovative model to increase rural sales in hinterlands of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
So during a market-assessment visit to a small village (population <3000), i bumped into 2 public (state government) school teachers who, in the merciless 43°C afternoon sun, were personally taking academic report of each student to the student’s home.
Because the village kids tend never to show their academic results to their parents!
Such painstaking efforts, on personal expense & time, just to ensure parents remain aware of their children’s school performance. There were 40 students in the Middle school (grades 6th – 8th) and 92 in the Primary school (grades 1st – 5th)
“I’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that no student drops out of school after 8th grade. They must at least graduate from high-school”, said 49 years old Hemant Vaidya, the Headmaster.
52 year old Somprakash Shrivastava, the other noble teacher (Headmaster of the Primary school) sweating door to door to meet parents & give their child’s feedback said, “God did not bless me with any children of my own, but i give scholarships to these students from my salary in the hope that someday at least a few of them will make it big in life. At no cost should talent be allowed to get wasted.”
It is these unsung heroes, selfless servers of the society, in the remotest parts of the country, who truly help build a great nation and an even better world.
गुरु गोबिन्द दोउ खडे काके लागूँ पाँय
बलिहारी गुरु आपने गोबिन्द दियो बताय
– legendary couplet by the famous 16th century Indian poet, Kabir.
God and my Guru (Teacher) both stand before me.. Whom should i revere first ?
Of course it has to be my Guru (Teacher) first, because it is he who will actually show me the way to God.