Page 9 - Mann Ki Baat - English May 2022
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language till some time ago.
                                           She not only learned Kannada
                                           language in three months, but
                                           also proved it by scoring 92
                                           marks. You might be surprised
                                           to know this, but it is true. There
                                           are many other things about her
                                           that will amaze you and will also
                                           inspire you. Kalpana is originally
                                           from Joshimath in Uttarakhand.
                                           She had been suffering from TB
                                           earlier and when she was in  class
                                           three, she lost her eyesight too,
                                           but, as they say, ‘where there is a
                                           will, there is a way’. Kalpana later
                                           came in contact with Professor
                                           Taramurthy, a resident of Mysuru,
                                           who not only encouraged her
        scripts and dialects. Varied attire,
                                           but also helped her in every way.
        cuisine and culture in different
                                           Today, through her hard work,
        regions is our hallmark. As a
                                           she has set an example for all
        nation, this diversity strengthens
                                           of us. I congratulate Kalpana
        us and keeps us united. I wish
                                           for her fortitude. Similarly, there
        to share with all of you a very
                                           are many people in our country
        inspiring example related to this,
                                           who    are   working   towards
        which is that of beti Kalpana.     strengthening   the   linguistic
        Her name is Kalpana, but her       diversity of the country. One such
        endeavour is full of the true spirit   friend, Shripati Tudu ji hails from
        of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.   Purulia in West Bengal. Tudu ji is
        Actually, Kalpana has recently     a professor of Santhali language
        passed her class 10  examination   at Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University,
        in Karnataka, but the very special   Purulia. He has prepared a version
        thing about her success is that,   of the country’s Constitution in
        Kalpana did not know Kannada       his native ‘Ol Chiki’ script for the

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