Pradeep Pattanayak

A girl belonging to the primitive Bonda tribe in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district has come out with flying colours in the CHSE Plus 2 examination and become the district topper in the Commerce stream, by transforming all adversities into opportunities. 

Karama Muduli, a resident of Mudulipada Panchayat located at the Bonda ghati in Malkangiri district, has secured 82.66 percent in the recently published Plus II Commerce results and become the topper in the district. 

Having come from a poor family with his father being a daily wage earner, her life has never been a bed of roses. Her journey so far is full of twists and turns, akin to the treacherous winding roads of Bonda ghati. 

Her family had never been supportive of her pursuit. Rather, the family members had been discouraging her from continuing her study for the simple reason of her being a girl. But it was her steely determination that went into making of a bright student. However, it was her father who worked hard to meet her study expenses.  

Now, she has become the source of inspiration for all, particularly the girls of her area. At the same time, she is not sure of pursuing her higher studies, thanks to her family’s poor financial condition.  

“I wish to continue my education. But I am not sure if it will be possible or not, considering my family’s financial problem. My parents had to go the extra mile and took loans from friends and relatives to meet my study expenses. Now, fulfilment of my dream of going to a reputed college solely depends on the government’s assistance,” said Karama. 

The villagers urged the government to provide her with all support in making her dream come true. 

The lecturers of Govindapalli college were all praises for Karama. 

“In Bonda ghati area, girls are discouraged to go to school. This is the reason why her two sisters and one brother are working as labourers. But she is an exception. Whatever she has achieved is by dint of hard labour, determination and strong willpower. We all are elated at her achievement as she has brought laurels for the area, institution and for herself. We wish her all success in her future endeavour,” said English lecturer Girija Shankar Pradhan.