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From Education to Deprivation: Retired Kerala Maths Teacher Found Begging at a Railway Station

On November 5, Vidya M.R, a government employee, went to Thampanoor railway station  to wait for a friend. Just then, she saw an old woman, wearing clothes that hadn’t been washed for days; she was holding polythene bags. Vidya followed her and saw her plucking fruit from the trees and eating. Vidya asked, “Are you hungry?” “No,” came the reply from the old, dirty woman.  But nonetheless, Vidya bought an idli and vada for her. As the elderly woman ate, Vidya struck a conversation, asking her some questions. . She sounded like an educated woman and Vidya found that she was talking to a retired teacher. She posted it on her social page about her and listed the name of the school she taught at – Malapurram School Soon, pieces began to fit in. Her old students recognised their ‘Valsa Teacher’ who taught them Maths; they wanted to help. But a dignified Valsa refused to go with her students and insisted that she’d only leave with her son and husband. Meanwhile, the police was informed. As per a report, it is a case of abandoning. The police found Valsa’a sister and are now looking for her husband and son. While the love of the students for their ‘Valsa Teacher’ is commendable, the fact that the elderly woman was abandoned by her own family is heartbreaking. These are the same people who made us who we are. How can we just abandon them so easily?

Source: Daily Bhasker

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