Gladson Dungdung (fourth from left) was still in school when his parents were ambushed and killed over a land-related feud. Dungdung, who belongs to the Kharia Adivasi community in Jharkhand, had no option but to fend for himself. He was taken in by a relative, but had to arrange for his own school uniform, books, clothes and sundry essentials.
Dungdung took on the challenge. He worked sometimes as a daily wage labourer, a cycle mechanic and a helper in a tea shop, even while he continued his studies. After he put himself through school, which assembled under a tree in his village, Dungdung’s challenged social and financial circumstances posed more obstacles in his path.