Why did the fruit seller Harekala Hajabba receive ‘Padma Shree’?
“Harekala Hajabba is known for the extraordinary contribution he made, despite his own relatively constrained circumstances, to the cause of education in his native village. He kept part of his savings from selling oranges, to start a school in the region he came from so that the children there could get educated. Today, the school, which has grown with government support and donations from private individuals, is known as Hajabba School. He is affectionately known as ‘ Akshara Santa’ (The saint of letters) in Mangalore city. Hajabba’s next dream is to build a P.U. college in his village.”
Besides Padmashree award 2020, the following are his recognition and honour.
- Social activist and writer Ismath Pajeer has published a book on Hajabba’s life, titled ‘Harekala Hajabbara Jeevana Charitre’ (Life story of Harekala Hajabba).
- A life history of Hajabba has been included in the syllabus of Mangalore University.
- The British Broadcasting Corporation published an article on Hajabba with the title “Unlettered fruit-seller’s Indian education dream” in November, 2012.
- Hajabba wa conferred with the ‘Real Heroes’ award by CNN IBN and Reliance Foundation.
- Hajabba was named Person Of The Year by Kannada Prabha, a leading.
Harekala Hajabba Religion
Hajabba is well-known for his social work. The Government of Karnataka recognized him and presented him the Rajyotsava Prashasti at the district level in 2004.
Hajabba received the Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti from the Karnataka government in 2013-14.
He learned to sign official documents in English in 2004. The letters P and H make up his signature.
he President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, awarded the civilian honor of ‘Padma Shri’ on Harekala Hajabba, who used to sell oranges.
On Monday, November 8, he was honored in New Delhi.
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