A video of a 12-year-old boy from Jagtial town in Telangana caught the attention of Minister of State KT Rama Rao (KTR). In the viral clip, the boy is seen delivering newspapers while riding a bicycle. When a passer-by asked him why he was working, the boy replied that he was working at the same time as he was studying. Sharing the clip, KTR wrote, “I loved this video from Jagtial Town. This young boy, a public school student called Sri Prakash; loved his confidence, his composure and his clarity of thought and expression.
When asked why he delivered newspapers, Sri Prakash replied in Telugu: “Why not me? He was then asked about his studies and Sri Prakash was quick to respond. “Along with my studies, I also work. If I do it now, it will only help me in the future, ”he said. He is a class 6 student.
After KTR shared the video, it went viral. The article has garnered over 200,000 views so far.
I loved this video from Jagtial Town
This young boy, a public school student called Jai Prakash; liked his confidence, his composure and his clarity of thought and expression ????????
He says what’s wrong with working while in college and goes on to say that it will keep him prominently in the future. pic.twitter.com/Ug4wYIGn8a
– KTR (@KTRTRS) September 23, 2021
After the video, Sai Prakash told local media that he had been a newspaper delivery boy since he was in third grade and that his brother had worked as a newspaper delivery person before him. He added that former APJ President Abdul Kalam, who also worked as a newspaper delivery boy as a child, was his inspiration.
Responding to the minister’s tweets, several users praised the boy. One user said, “We should teach our next generation the same thing: the dignity of work.”
We should be teaching our next generation the same thing – WORKPLACE DIGNITY !!! https://t.co/7TnYPPksmN
– Manushi Sinha (@manushiS) September 24, 2021
“He has a bright future. God bless him, ”another user said.
For his maturity and self-confidence ????, This kid should inspire a lot of people here, if the family is not stable, there is nothing that can be done to help his parents by working part time in parallel of his studies ❤️ He has a bright future. God bless him ???? https://t.co/EPAMAuuODk
– Ramya ?????????? ✨ (@ammu_ramyaaa) September 24, 2021
“This boy has shown great maturity,” wrote one user.
This boy has shown great maturity .. https://t.co/f813FQADb1
– Abhinav ???????? (@ abhi_917) September 23, 2021
Others also pointed out that it could still be considered child labor. “It’s not a good age for a child to work and earn even if he wants to,” suggests a scholarship.
But the assessment is correct. a scholarship should be started equivalent to his income. This is not the ideal age for a child to work and earn, even if he wants to. Please inquire. https://t.co/xRpDDEHjQO
– SDSharma (@sdsharmapune) September 24, 2021
“While the video is inspiring and adorable, in the end, it’s child labor,” one comment read.
While the video is inspirational and adorable, ultimately it is about child labor.
At least children must be 16 to start working. https://t.co/cnsvbV0Xgw
– Ok (@StrictlyAsking) September 23, 2021
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