Gopal Khandelwal has taught hundreds of children for the last 19 years from the village ‘Patti Ka Pura’, near Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.
Gopal spent his childhood on the Ghats of Varanasi. In 1996, Gopal had secured admission into SN Medical College in Agra. He was travelling through Allahabad on a bicycle when a car hit him from behind. He fell down and lost consciousness. When he woke up, he came to know that he was completely paralysed below the waist. He had lost the use of his legs, and also lost bladder and bowel control. He started his free Gurukul teaching a 5-year-old girl in 1999. Many higher caste people were opposed to idea of teaching the lower caste children but Gopal carried on. Over the years, his Gurukul became well known in the village and the higher caste children too joined the Gurukul.
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