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Sunil Yadav: Getting an Education in Order to Make a Difference
from the DNA India an English broadsheet daily owned by Diligent Media Corporation, an Essel Group company. Launched on July 30, 2005, in Mumbai, DNA has entrenched itself into the lives of the young and dynamic readers in India's financial capital of Mumbai.
Beating all odds, 36-year-old Sunil Yadav, a street sweeper employed with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday swept his way to success by securing an MPhil degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here. Yadav, who is deployed at Nana Chowk in Central Mumbai for the cleaning job, now aims to pursue a PhD degree to understand the problems plaguing the sweeper class and wants to find solutions to it.
"I am elated on securing my MPhil. By doing PhD, I want to deeply study the social system that has marginalised our (sweeper) class in the society," Yadav, who secured seventh rank in his post masters' degree with 'Globalisation and Labour' as the subject told PTI after the convocation ceremony today. Even after securing a good rank, Yadav wants to continue with his job as a sweeper.
"I am not going to leave this job. Rather I will continue to work for the BMC. I am not interested in any corporate job. Instead, I want to empower my fraternity in understanding their rights and fight for it. I want to be the voice of the down-trodden to wipe out all sort of discrimination within the society," he said.
Chronicling his arduous journey, Yadav said, "I got sweepers' job on compensatory grounds as my father, a BMC employee, was declared medically unfit for the job. I was 10th fail and my family was struggling to make ends meet." "I then realised there was a hunger inside me to pursue my education. I lived in a slum in Mahalaxmi where gangsters were common place. That played havoc on my studies but I did not budge and continued," said Yadav, a father of two school-going daughters.
Yadav, who has now settled in Chembur said that after passing SSC and HSC, he did his B Com and followed it up with a bachelors degree in journalism and masters in social work simultaneously in 2011.
But all this was not a cakewalk as he had to face departmental hurdles when he decided to go for higher education.
"Our officers consider us as bonded labourers. They put forth all the hurdles which show how society still treats us and wants to suppress us rather than help us," said Yadav, adding that he took inspiration from Baba Saheb Ambedkar to achieve the feat.
To the article's praises we'd like to add our own from WorldSweeper. Sunil Yadav is obviously the type of person who has set out to make the world a better place. We congratulate his role model behavior as worthy to be included in WorldSweeper.com's section on those Noteworthy in Power Sweeping.
We want to offer a big thank you to the DNA India website, the Mumbai, India, website where we found this story.
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