Will power at its best, Pursuing his doctorate but still works as garbage collector.


This man knows the power of education and to what it can get of you. Mr. Sunil Yadav lives in Mumbai and has achieved a lot in academics sector. He has 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. But, the most unbelievable thought is about his profession. He works with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai as a garbage collector.

Sunil had been born to scavenger family, and for years his family  has been doing  this job.he knew he had to get out and study.“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.

Sunil supported his education by working in night shifts that is from 9pm to 2 am ,and studied during the day. Sunil not only did his own education but also helped his wife complete her graduation after marriage. Sunil understands that society respects if your educated. He said, “Not every Dalit is a scavenger, but every scavenger is a Dalit.”