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Never Say Never: The Unputdownable Spirit Of A Differently Abled Farmer In Odisha’s Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal: Physical disability does not deter the efficiency at work if it is backed by strong determination and never back down attitude and this statement aptly goes with Odisha’s Gokul Nayak who successfully carries out farming single-handedly despite being differently-abled.

Some twelve years ago, Gokul Nayak, the 67-year-old farmer of Biswanathpur village under Gondia block of Dhenkanal district, was travelling in a truck when he slipped from the vehicle and boulders fell on his legs. Doctors had to amputate his right limb in order to save his life.

However, the mishap could not shake his will power as he continued farming to earn a living. And now, when Nayak steps into the field, supported by his crotches and wielding a hoe, it leaves most people amazed.

Odisha Divyang farmer
Gokul Nayak working in fields

He travels around five kilometres in his tricycle daily to reach his farmland and single-handedly manages all activities in the field.

“To be honest, I don’t like to request anyone for help. There are other members in my family but I don’t like to depend on them. Therefore, I perform all the farming activities on my own,” said Nayak.

“I sow seeds, irrigate, apply fertilisers and cut paddy myself. I had managed to produce around six quintals paddy last year in my two acres of land,” added Nayak.

Nayak’s wife, Bimala Nayak also supports him in farming activities sometimes.

Divyang farmer Gokul Nayak and his farmers
Gokul Nayak and his wife Bimala Nayak

“I rarely go to the field, he himself does all the works. Right from sowing to ploughing, irrigating and applying fertilisers, he does it all alone. He even brings firewood for cooking purposes on his own in his tricycle,” said Nayak’s wife Bimala.

Nayak’s life is an inspiration for all and teaches one thing that with hard work and perseverance, one can deal with any hardships and challenges of life. After all, what doesn’t kill you make you stronger.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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