In a country where girls are seen as a liability, there are some inspiring souls who are defying society’s regressive thought process. One such soul is Saroj Nandal.
Being a single mother, Saroj Nandal came to light when her daughter, Kritika Nandal received a call from Prime Minister Narender Modi, that was aired on the Mann Ki Baat program on Sunday.
Kritika’s inspiring story touched the hearts of many people, including our Prime Minister Narender Modi. In the three-minute phone call, the Prime Minister (PM) congratulated Kritika for scoring 96% marks in CBSE’s Class 12 exams this year in Medical Stream. He further asked her about her inspiration, goals, and dreams.
Want To Become a Doctor: Kritika
As per Deccan Herald, when Kritika told PM Modi that she wanted to become a doctor, PM Modi briefed her about the challenges in the life of a doctor. He told her how a doctor’s job is tough as his/her life is fully dedicated to the service of other people 24×7 for 365 days. He further added:
“You will get a degree as you are very bright. But the life of a doctor is dedicated to society. Doctors do not even get sound sleep,” he said, adding that doctors have to rush to attend to patients at odd hours.
Modi further shared how doctors discharge their duties despite facing danger like in the times of a pandemic.
Mother Is My Biggest Inspiration In Life: Kritika
Though many are proud of Kritika for her great achievement, it is her single mother who is Kritika’s biggest inspiration. From guiding her through the toughest life conditions, her mother Saroj has been Kritika’s best friend and mentor.
Saroj’s determination has contributed a lot to Kritika’s inspiring journey.
According to Hindustan Times, eighteen months ago Kritika’s father Vinod died of a brain hemorrhage. Post which, this single mother struggled with extreme financial problems. But she refused to give up. With the widow pension of ₹2,250 per month, this single mother stitches clothes for additional income to support her kids’ education.
Financial Struggle Ahead Will Be Challenging
Aware of her mother’s financial struggle, Kritika mentioned how she could not share her ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with the PM during their conversation.
“I could not tell him about the financial problems we are facing. I want to become a doctor, but it seems very challenging for my widow mother as we have limited source of income.”
Kritika is currently preparing for NEET, which has been postponed to September.
“After losing my father, I decided to become a doctor without even giving a thought to our financial condition,”
But Kritika’s mom refuses to give up on her daughter’s dream. While sharing how she would try her level best to fulfill her daughter’s education dream, she mentioned:
“My daughter wants to become a doctor and I am working hard to fulfil her dreams, but there is a very tough journey ahead.”
Kritika’s mom, Saroj, further requested the government to support girls:
“We want the government to extend more support to girls because they have potential”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Saroj and her inspiring daughter Kritika. We salute their determination and persistence to not give up on their dreams irrespective of their tough life circumstances.
We wish many parents would seek inspiration from Saroj not to give up on their daughter’s dream when life gets tough.