Mustafa has done the unbelievable-he used his toes to write the II PU exams and has successfully scored 80 per cent. Writing with his toes, Mustafa emerged the topper in Veerashaiva College near Ballari city. Son of Dasgir Sab, a lorry driver, and Maqbul Banu of Kolagal village, Mustafa (18) was born disabled. He is the second of three siblings and the only one who is disabled in his family. Mustafa wants to become an IAS officer and serve the country.
According to The Hindu, for the PU exam, Mustafa rejected all assistance extended to the disabled. “Neither did I take any assistance to write the exam, nor did I take exemption for writing language papers,” he said. His score card reads: 93 in Kannada, 70 in English, 82 in History, 60 in Economics, 86 in Political Science and 83 in Social Studies. “I have applied for re-evaluation of the economics paper,” Mustafa said.
Gadilingappa, his teacher, has been his friend, philosopher and guide. “I was transferred to Kolagal around six years ago, and I was astonished and proud to see that Mustafa was independent and faced challenges on his own. Seeing his self-confidence and positive attitude, I helped him get a scholarship for the disabled and gave him moral support to motivate him,” Mr. Gadilingappa said.