Citizens for Justice and Peace

He Has Four Degrees, But Works as a Garbage Collector in Mumbai

07, Jul 2015

Mumbai | Written by Nikita Niraj Arora | Updated: July 07, 2015 09:00 IST
Between 2005 and 2014, Sunil Yadav completed four degrees
Mumbai: 36-year-old Sunil Yadav works with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai as a garbage collector. That’s despite him having earned four degrees in the last nine years.
“We were born as scavengers. Right from our birth we have been slaves. We never really had any rights. We are trying to get out of it, and there is only one way to do that. Baba Saheb Ambedkar said ‘if you study, you will grow’, but people still don’t accept us,” said Mr Yadav.
Between 2005 and 2014, Mr Yadav completed his B Com, BA in journalism, MA in Globalisation and Labour, Masters in Social Work and is currently pursuing M Phil at the reputed Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
“I got down into a drain on my first day of work. For days after that, the smell didn’t leave my mind. I walked through water with dead animals. That’s when I decided I had to study and get out of this vicious cycle,” Mr Yadav recalled.


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