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Anushka Sharma Pats Fruit Seller And Padma Shri Awardee Harekala Hajabba’s Back – Know Why


November 10, 2021

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The Padma Shri Awards were held recently and Anushka Sharma is all praises for awardee Harekala Hajabba, a fruit seller. Read on to know why. The Padma Shri held recently

Harekala Hajabba a normal fruit seller won the prestigious Padma Shri Award recently. For all the unversed, why would a fruit seller get this honour. This does come to your mind right? Here’s all the reason why and Anushka Sharma was all praises for him.

Anushka took to her social media platforms and recognised Hajabba’s contribution to the society. Hajabba is an orange vendor in Mangaluru, a coastal district of Karnataka. Born in a poor family, he had no access to education as there were no schools in his village. He sold oranges to support his family.

An incident changed his life. When he could not understand two foreigners asking him in English how much the oranges cost, he realised the importance of formal education. Hajabba vowed that kids belonging to his village will receive the education he never got.

He started saving a part of his earnings for the construction of a school in his village. It took his years but by 2000, Hajabba’s dream came to fruition as he started a school with some 20 students in a building attached to a mosque. He requested for help from politicians, celebrities and businessmen. His efforts were highlighted in the local media and he got a Rs 5 lakh cash award. Finally, a school was built on 1.5 acres of land where more than 100 underprivileged students are studying from Classes 1 to 10.

His efforts of three decades were applauded as Harekala Hajabba received Padma Shri on Monday. Film personalities Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Adnan Sami and SP Balasubrahmanyam were also honoured with Padma awards.

(Also Read: Padma Awards 2020: Kangana Ranaut And Adnan Sami Among Others Honoured With 4th Highest Civilian Award)

This story of grit, resilience strength and willingness to change something for good won hearts all over the internet. This also proves how you don’t need the set of luxury to fit in all the needs but the willingness to make everything worth it. This fruit seller turned educationist has proved with his work. We’re proud of hum as he’s carved a strong path of growth for everyone.

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