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Cuttack-based tea vendor D Prakash Rao has once again hit the headlines after Narendra Modi praised him

BHUBANESWAR:27/5/18; He is not an ordinary chai-wallah. He is an institution for slum children, an inspiration for all.

Cuttack-based tea vendor D Prakash Rao has once again hit the headlines after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him and his activities in the monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.

A tea vendor for the past five decades, he has given up everything in order to adopt and realise the dreams of others.

He runs a primary school ‘Asha Ashvaasan’ for slum children and spends 50 per cent of his income to bring them to mainstream.

Even at 61, Rao continues to give meaning to the life of many street urchins and slum children left uncared for by offering them free education.

“I congratulate D Prakash Rao for his hard work, his persistence and for providing a new direction to the lives of those poor children attending his school,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said there are some people who try to bring about a change through their hard work and dedication and make it a reality. Such is the story of Rao.

The lives of more than 70 children are being illuminated through education due to his efforts. He ensures education, health and meals for all the children coming to his school.

“He has banished the darkness from the lives of the slum children. Who amongst us does not know the Vedic shloka – Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya! However, it has been put into practice by Rao. His life is an inspiration to us, our society and the whole country,” Modi said.

Rao had to endure the pangs of poverty and premature responsibility while growing up. He has been managing his father’s tea stall, the only means of income, since he was seven-year-old. A serial blood donor, he demonstrates the will power than can transform the world.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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