Chikkanayakanahalli, Aug 15; “I think that the structure of the Russian parliament is the best because the government takes responsibility of the people there. In India, where there is a parliamentary form of government, there are many poor and illiterate people. The middle class sells themselves for votes and lose their representative freedom for the next five years,” argues sixteen-year-old R Madhusudhan vehemently.
He is the topper of the district in the SSLC exams this year (590/600). Having bagged the third prize in the national level essay contest ‘Parliamentary form of government – Gateway to good governance’ organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Indian Division), he is truly the pride of the taluk.
Born on March 23, 1997 to graduate parents, he studied in a government school in a class of 80 students. His family lives in a small hut and his father works as an autorickshaw driver for a living. He had always been at the top of his class at school, with mathematics being his favourite subject.
He has also won numerous prizes in competitions like singing, crosswords, quiz and science experiments. He likes to play carrom and chess in his free time.
The incident of a privileged student being felicitated over him lat school left a bitter impression on his mind. He turned this bitterness into a challenge which eventually led to him to receiving a prize from speaker Meira Kumar.
Several organisations have felicitated Madhusudhan for exemplary achievements and some of them have even offered to help him with his academics.
“We are not economically privileged. Our degrees did not get us jobs. Knowledge is the only wealth of the poor. our son’s achievements have made us proud and our dreams have come true,” says his mother Saraswati.
Madhusudhan, who is a first year pre-university student of Science at Tumkur Sarvodaya College, aspires to be an IAS officer when he grows up and involve himself in the upliftment of rural India.
Thanks to his son’s efforts, Madhusudhan’s father Ravikumar has become the convenor of the Right to Information Act (RTI) in the district.
When his son complained to him about the lack of basic facilities at school, instead of just fretting over the poorly maintained system, he submitted a report to the Education Department, asking them to implement the solutions.