The Story Of Padma Shri Winner Harekala Hajabba Who Started A School By Selling Oranges

The government of India, like every year, had conferred several people with Padma Shri Award on the Republic Day. And one among those people was Harekala Hajabba, an orange seller.

Harekala Hajabba awarded Padma Shri for startling school by selling oranges
Source – The Hindu

What could have an orange seller done to receive such an honour? Well, it’s something even the most financially-stable people won’t even think of doing.

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Harekala Hajabba, who has never received any kind of formal education, has received the award for building a school for the unprivileged in the village. An IFS officer had shared his story in a tweet detailing his efforts.

“Harekala Hajabba was in a line on a ration shop when authorities informed him that he got Padma Shri,” says the tweet posted by IFS officer Parveen Kaswan. “This fruit seller from Dakshin Kannada is educating poor children in his village of Newpadapu from a decade in a mosque. Doing all the efforts including spending his savings,” reads the caption further.

The reason why Hajabba decided to build a school entails yet another interesting story. He recalls that he felt “handicapped” when once a foreigner asked him the price of fruits in English.

That was the moment when he decided to start a primary school “so that the young children of my village would not go through a similar situation”.

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With his daily earings of Rs. 150 and some savings, he opened a school for 2,000. Local authorities had also helped him in the efforts.

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