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DALIT YOUTH FELICITATED FOR BREAKING WORLD RECORD

by ragini — last modified 2014-06-10 09:50

 

Press Release

DALIT YOUTH FELICITATED FOR BREAKING WORLD RECORD

7 June 2014

New Delhi

 

Malavath Poorna and S. Anand Kumar were today felicitated in recognition of their historic accomplishment to climb the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest.  The ceremony was organized by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) in association with the All India Dalit Rights Federation, the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion, AP Bhavan Employees’ Welfare & Cultural Association, and AP  Bhavan SC/ST Welfare Association. The function was held at Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi and was attended by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapthi Raju and members of parliament  Bandaru Dattatreya, K Kesava Rao and Rapolu Anand Bhaskar. 75 underprivileged children from Dalit and Adivasi communities in Delhi attended the ceremony. The children even moderated part of the ceremony.

For the 13-year-old  tribal girl, opportunities are very rare. But undeterred by the adverse circumstances, she still pursued her dream to reach the top. “It was very difficult to climb the steep mountains but when I reached the top i felt great and proud. i hoisted the Indian flag and the Telangana flag and placed Dr BR Ambedkar's and Shankaran's photo,” a beaming Poorna tells her audience at the felicitation ceremony. Poorna, whose father works as a farm labour,  is a Class IX student, while Anand, whose father works as a mechanic, is in Class XI. They both hail from Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Anand too spoke about the rigorous training they had to undergo. "I had never trekked in my life like this before," said Anand.

Last year, the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society chose the duo from among 150 children from economically weak families who were identified and shortlisted for advanced training in adventure sports. 

“We believe that if Dalit children are given equal opportunities, they can excel anywhere. They only need support to utilize these opportunities effectively,” said Beena Pallical, National Co-ordinator- Campaigns, NCDHR. "We dream of an India where every child's potential is realised so that they can be where Poorna is today. At the top," added Annie Namala of the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion. "We are very proud of Poorna's achievement, she has done the entire country proud at the tender age of 13," said Karumanchi Anand Rao of the AP Bhavan SC/ST Welfare Association.

Poorna is now not only on the top, but also a role model for other children from similar backgrounds. At the function, Poorna was seen interacting with the children. Said Kanchan, a student of Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, “She is my role model because she has made an identity for herself and has done our country proud. I too want to be like her someday.” 

 

 

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For more information:

Orchie Bandyopadhyay

Media and Communications Manager

National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)

8/1 South Patel Nagar, 2nd Floor

New Delhi - 110 008

Mobile: +91 9650170077

orchie@ncdhr.org.in

www.ncdhr.org.in

 

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