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Writing with his toes, Mustafa topped in his college


Ballari (Karnatak): These days when very many boy and girls students are securing 95 percent and even 98 and 94 percent marks in CBSE and other all India and state-level examinations, scoring 80% marks is nothing remarkable but it is certainly remarkable when a student does this by writing with his toes, rather than with hands. Mustafa, by securing 80% marks in IIPU topped in his college, Veerashaiva College, near Ballari city in Karnatak. Mustafa, son of Dastagir, a truck driver in Kolagal village was born without any hand. (His brother-sister and mother Maqbool Bano are normal). But practice, as it is said, makes a man perfect. So it was by hard and constant practice in writing with his toes that he acquired perfection and in PU examination, though he was provided the assistance of writing the answer sheets by another person, he rejected any help and himself wrote every thing with his toes. His score in the result was 93 (out of 100) in Kannada, 70 in English, 82 in History, 60 in Economics, 86 in Political Science and 83 in social studies. His teacher K. Gadilingappa says that he was astonished to see that Mustafa was fully independent and faced his disability on his own. Seeing his (Mustafa’s) self confidence, the teacher helped him in getting a scholarship from the disabled quota and also gave him all moral support. Being very optimistic and confident Mustafa aspires to be an IAS officer.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 12

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