The Journey Of Kalikho Pul: From Carpenter, Chowkidar To Being CM Of Arunachal Pradesh
August 9th, 2016
An extraordinary journey came to an abrupt end when the former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul was found dead today in his official residence.
The literal meaning of his name is ‘better tomorrow’ and he lived by his name. However, there won’t be any tomorrow for him.
In his early life, Pul worked as a carpenter, then a chowkidar. However, this man later turned out to be the eighth Chief Minister of the state.
Pul’s stint as the CM came for a very short term from February to July 2016, after 12 MLAs from former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s camp decided to join him.
Born at Walla village in Hawai circle of Anjaw district, Pul lost his mother when he was just 13-months-old and later he lost his father, too, at the age of six.
Being an orphan, he was raised by his aunt where he had to help her in household chores which included bringing firewood from the jungle. This is the reason Pul was never regular at his school. At the age of 10, he got training in carpentry and started working as a carpenter. However, he was determined enough to pursue his studies. He enrolled himself at an adult education center and attended night classes. At a function, the Deputy Commissioner of Arunachal Pradesh got inspired by his speech and asked officials to put him in a day boarding school.
He was an Economics graduate and also studied law for a while. At one time, he opened a paan shop and also worked as a small-time contractor making bamboo fences and thatched houses for villagers. Later, he started building concrete structure and owned four trucks.
During his childhood, Pul suffered chronic gastric problem for six long years. He had asked for money from his relatives for the treatment but no one helped him so he realized the pain of being an orphan. Disappointed by everyone, he thought of ending his life jumping from the bridge over the river Lohit but he couldn’t do so due to the presence of people.
He sought for help and took a loan of Rs 2,500 from the Deputy Commissioner he met as a child several years ago, he underwent the treatment with the money and paid it later.
He did not believe in God as he thought if God was there he wouldn’t have suffered.
Now, initial reports of say that he committed suicide.
His was a real ‘rag to riches’ story. His story has inspired many and will keep inspiring many.
Condolences to him from The Logical Indian community.