Shakir Hussain Ganaie is a 15 year old boy, studying in 8th standard, who hails from the frontier district of Kupwara. With his recent achievement he has taken everyone by surprise. He has blueprinted and improvised the model of what is similar to a Bulldozer, just much smaller.
Shakir is a student at the Government Middle School Kralgund Langate and son of a Karyana shop owner. His family falls under the line of Poverty.
Over the past three years, Shakir’s academic grades started dropping tremendously. When inquired by his teachers, it was revealed that his growing fondness towards machines was the reason behind the dwindling grades. As per his family, the boy was always busy collecting scrap.
He could be seen collecting pieces of steel, iron, plastic, bolts, and other things most of the times. For a seemingly agitated family member the boy was “doing nothing but a waste of time”. “He has been doing so since last several years,” says a family member.
But the family members were unable to comprehend what his ultimate objective in doing these tedious things is.
Interestingly, Shakir had designed blueprint of macadam surfacing machine way back in 2012 when he was still a primary class student. The model was somehow destroyed by the family. Unmoved by all this and resisting flak, the youth recently designed the model of a bulldozer using all the scrap material collected by him over the years. These include – discarded glucose bottle pipes, disposable syringes, tin and wooden pieces.
The boy’s creation has attracted the local populace to the manufacturing unit- a congested room where the youth believes to bring the world to his feet. Buoyed up with confidence, the boy elaborates his love for machines and says that for him it is ‘natural’, with a subtle smile on his face.
Shakir’s mother said that the entire family was pressuring him to give up but her ‘little boy’ had no such plans and indeed paid no heed. She added that even after they destroyed all of his things, he did not step back.
While many of his teachers believed he was an average, irregular and passive student, Shakir has made a mark and managed to move the intellectual lot of his area. The locals believe that the boy will certainly do something great and bring laurels to the people of Kashmir.