The 52-year-old Hanumanlu Raghu, father of three, had been without a salary since March and had a hard time. But he hadn’t revealed his needs to anyone until one day an old student called to inquire about him.
After Kaligotta Ganga Reddy immediately sent rice to his favorite teacher, he teamed up with his schoolmates and opened a shop for Raghu. They spent Rs 80,000 to build a shed for a shop near the village of Ippapalle, Kathlapur Mandal in the Jagtial district where the teacher lives. Additional services are to be provided for the business, including a refrigerator.
Raghu, who has an MA (English), is preparing to make a fresh start and run a chicken and Tiffin center during the Ongoign crisis. “I am overwhelmed by the love that the students have shown me. It cannot be expressed in words,” Raghu told TOI.
Raghu taught at Chaitanya Bharathi School, a private school in Rudrangi (in the former Karimnagar, now Rajanna Sircilla) more than 25 years ago. Rudrangi, the director of Zila Parishad High School, once asked him to take two classes for the kids in biology because he also has a BSc degree. The pupils who had left the private school, which was only up to 7th grade, went to the ZPHS school and he was allowed to teach them again in grade 10.
“It would make teaching interesting for us,” said Kaligotta Gangi Reddy, one of the students at the 1997-98 SSC batch.
For the past 10 years, the teacher has worked for a private school Vijay Vidya Niketan in the village of Thandiyala, 5 km from his home.