Poor father pedals cycle for 105km to exam centre, Anand Mahindra says “He will bear his education from now on”

Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra group who is known for the knack of his entrepreneurship skills is active on the social media platform more often than not. He always chips in with interesting, inspiring and entertaining posts. Time and again, he has won millions of hearts with his gesture.

The coolest business tycoon in India is an inspiration to millions of youngsters and at the same time, he is loved for his sense of humour and wittiness. He has a huge fan-following on social media, especially on Twitter.

A recent post by Anand Mahindra has won the internet. The industrialist took to Twitter to share a post of a daily wage labourer who cycled for 105 kilometres to ferry his son to the examination centre.

The Mahindra group chairman shared the post with the caption, “A heroic parent. One who dreams big for his children. These are the aspirations that fuel a nation’s progress. At @MahindraRise we call it a Rise story. Our Foundation would be privileged to support Asheesh’s further Education.”

The post went viral on social media like wildfire and has garnered 37 k likes so far. The 38-year-old Shobharam, whose son is a student of class 10, is a tribal labourer from Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh. Since no public transport was available due to the COVID-19 lockdown Shobhram had to travel on a bicycle with his son for 105km to ensure he does not miss Class 10 board’s supplementary exam in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district.

Shobharam said that he doesn’t know who Mahindra is, but was aware of “Mahindra scooters”. When TOI spoke to Shobharam, he broke into tears. “If a child can study without the worries of roti-kapda-makan, his and the country’s future will be bright,” he said.

“He must be a big man. I was told by someone from the Mahindra Group that they have offered to help and support my child’s education. I am happy to know that. I only want my son to get a good education,” said Shobharam.

“Nobody knew us before. We are poor people. We never thought somebody would try to speak with us, know our names, or take interest in our struggles,” he added.

Shobhram had to face difficulty during the travel but he had no other option. He did this for his son as he wants his son to be highly educated. It has been reported that he covered the distance of 105 kilometre in eight hours on August 17. Shobharam said he wants to see his son becoming an officer.

Dharam Sikarwar
Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.