26/01/2015 5:18 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

7 Ordinary Indians Doing Extraordinary Things


In 1960, a landless labourer decided to cut through a mountain so that the people from his village could reach a doctor faster. It took him 22 years, but he did it with a hammer, chisel, and crowbar.

What Dashrath Manjhi did in northern India's Bihar state is being replicated in albeit small, but effective ways across the country. Crowd-funding website has started a campaign recognising and encouraging seven such people, calling them "DO-IT-YOURSELF Indians" this Republic Day.