Kerala tribal youth’s dream journey: From daily wager to software engineer in Europe

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published Published on Jan 19, 2021   modified Modified on Jan 20, 2021

-The New Indian Express

When he was in Class IV, Binesh Balan had done manual jobs in his native Kolichal in Kasaragod to escape grinding poverty.

KOZHIKODE: When he was in Class IV, Binesh Balan had done manual jobs in his native Kolichal in Kasaragod to escape grinding poverty.  Two decades on, the boy, now 29, belonging to the Mavilan tribal community, succeeded in developing an open banking software as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands (Holland).

In reflection, Binesh Balan’s journey was dream like, but he had to fight for each one of his right in a caste-entrenched society and it was his can-do attitude which helped him triumph over adversity.

“From language, college admission and getting scholarship, there was no shortage of obstacles. But I was able to overcome the hurdles with the help of a few enlightened minds,” says Binesh, who is doing research in social and cultural anthology in Amsterdam since 2019.

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The New Indian Express, 19 January, 2021, https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2021/jan/19/kerala-tribal-youths-dream-journey-from-daily-wager-to-software-engineer-in-europe-2251937.html?fbclid=IwAR0uFCXhcBgPXaEgAPxK3haeKSXWXUDQ0uCJ4yibgMMRfQcClDLKB


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