Educationist and founder of the ‘Super 30’ programme Anand Kumar said he faced several problems in continuing his journey to educate underprivileged children in Patna. Anand Kumar blames the “crab in the bucket” mentality of people in small towns for all the obstacles which came his way while educating the children.
“When it comes to a big city like Mumbai, there are so many celebrities, famous people are living in harmony and no one will try to pull the other person down... but that is not how the small town culture works and it is very unfortunate.
“Crab mentality exists in small-town society and therefore many influential people tend to harass and pull down anyone who does not belong to elite, privileged society,” Kumar said.
He alongside IPS officer and educationist Abhayanand started his ‘Super 30’ programme in 2002, with the intention to provide free education to students who prepare for the Joint Entrance Exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology.
Kumar does not take any donation from any individual or organisation and is single-handedly mansging the funds for this education programme.
Kumar said: “From the time I started Super 30, my sole intention was to give those deserving children an opportunity to achieve their dream and poor financial background should never stop them.
“Of course, there are life threats I have got, my family suffered and I know we have to face that even more, but they cannot stop me.”
As the film “Super 30” , featuring Hrithik Roshan, is all set to release on July 12, Kumar hopes that his story will motivate youngsters to follow their dreams and will make them believe in the fact that “hard work always pays off, no matter which background one comes from”. (IANS)