Sullia: Photo of man shielding studying daughter goes viral on Father's Day

Sullia, Jun 20 (IANS): A photograph of a girl attending her online class amid heavy rains as her father stands besides holding an umbrella over her has gone viral on social media in Karnataka on Father's Day.

This photograph highlights multiple issues, including the various hardships that students, especially from rural areas, undergo to attend online classes.

Though this photograph was taken on June 15, it has gone viral on Father's Day (June 20). Many social users shared this picture on their timeline and have shared some or the other similar experience with their parents.

Shot in Ballaka, a remote village in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district, the photo shows Narayana holding an umbrella over his daughter, a class 10 student as she attends her online classes for the state board (Secondary School Leaving Certificate).

This picture was clicked by Mahesh Puchchappady, a journalist and All India Areca Growers Association's General Secretary, and shared on Twitter.

In his pinned tweet on June 15, he said that the girl comes to the same place around 4 p.m. every day, adding that in rural areas, students are attending online classes like this, because of mobile network issue and "heavy rain also".

Puchchappady said that this is a common sight in Mangaluru-Sullia-Guthigar-Kamila where one can find students sitting outside their homes to attend classes, as cell phone connectivity has always been an issue in hilly regions - especially those villages situated on either side of Western Ghats.

The network issues were also highlighted in a recent Unicef India report, titled 'Rapid assessment of learning during school closures in the context of Covid-19: Findings from a rapid assessment covering nearly 6,000 parents, adolescents and teachers across six states in India', which highly recommended that governments to refocus on creating content for children.

"Wherever internet is an issue, the governments must focus on developing light Apps that can easily operate on 2G network also which will ensure that students who are deprived of online classes, can pick up from these light learning Apps," the report, released in May, stated.



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  • Ruben pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Tue, Jun 22 2021

    A dream dad for all of us to uphold.

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Welcome to digital India 😎😎😎 and double engine growth, AndhBhakts would have been raged if it’s Khangress ruled state

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    I do not know why people are exaggerating one father's love by making some pictures viral! Every father wants the best for his kids and do whatever best he can do for it!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Shanker mangalore,still you havent understood the kern point of this picture.Not the father ,but availability of our digital help in India even after so many years of independence and the life in villages for people without electricity and digital help.Picture symbolizes fathers day in India in village.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    This is the fact at places like Sullia. Many of my BSNL friends feel offended when I urge government to consider privatization of BSNL, but they are mum on the quality of service they provide to the people. Approval process in BSNL is the worst when compared to any other public sector companies forget private corporates. They are the last one to update the technology. Go and see any junction boxes of BSNL at the roadside, you can find the quality. They did one more mistake of getting services done through own employees. Instead they should have engaged outsourced people. I had bad experience with BSNL Fibre and now I am happy with Jio Fibre.

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  • Kavitha Poojari, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Thousands Dying Of Covid While PM Modi Building New House. they don't bother about poor people re baba

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Get some knowledge. Are you sure Modi is going to be the Prime Minister of India for ever? If not, understand that the Central Vista is not Modi's residence. It will be the new parliament house and residence of the Prime Minister of India!

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  • manoj b, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    i love this image God Bless them always

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    At every generations, there are hardships. We used to walk 10 to 12 kilometers one way, everyday to school. That too without footware. How many of us blamed the government then? There will be poor kids in the city with good internet connection but without a smart phone!!! Either reach your goal crossing all your hardships or be contented in what you have.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    How are these people expected to register on the COWIN app for the vaccine or link thier PAN card to thier Aadhaar card or whatever else is required for obtaining rations and other grants. It is not a case of putting the cart before the horse. Here there is no horse.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Telecom companies dont want to invest in rural India. Forget rural they dont privide services to many places within urban areas also. Government should force a csr on them to provide basic telecommunications network including internet in the interest of developing our village population. This should happen soon. Orelse there is no use all thos slogan of education

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    it's not easy to get Certificate.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Papa's daughter.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    All parents trying hard to their children get good education.But our Digital India is still struggling to provide proper internet services to the villages.There are many Telephone companies offers so many plans but if there is no proper internet service available then no use.Many of students are not got proper education since 2 years due to lack of planning from Government.And some schools.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Belated happy father's day to all fathers in Daijiworld. Howsoever tall you have grown, rich you are or hold high position, still the father is one to whom you look up to. By the above photograph, one can make out, how a father loves his children. Generally, the toil a father goes unseen or forgotten. For the well being of the family, and specially children, a father even goes out of the country, where he goes through nightmares thinking of his family and living alone, so that a light of a candle at home is always lit. A father does not show his love by words, but by his actions.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Father of the Year ...

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  • Adrian, Balmatta

    Sun, Jun 20 2021

    It's unfortunate that mobile operators still don't provide adequate network coverage all over India.

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  • Hubert, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 20 2021

    This is such a sad scene. If Rahul Gandhi was our PM every village today would have 4G network. No one would have struggled.

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  • Kuchan, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    No proper hospital, Toilets, School built

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  • Jason Dias, Niddodi/Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    If it was the case, India would have reached to 6G by now !!!

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Mon, Jun 21 2021

    Hubert, Mangalore, I fully agree with your comments and it makes sense. But some senseless people will find it hard to digest it.

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  • R Kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 20 2021


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