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Bhola Shankar

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

Bhola is a hardworking law student from Bhojpur, Bihar. He completed his 10th and 12th standard education from a Hindi medium school in Bhojpur and wrote the Bihar state board examinations. He is the eldest among his 4 brothers and his father delivered packages for a courier company while his mother is an Asha worker. Their combined monthly family income was just Rs. 5000 when Bhola was selected as an IDIA Trainee.

Bhola aspired to join the Indian Air Force after his school but missed qualifying in the exam by a margin of just 0.25 marks. However, he developed an interest in law due to his regular habit of reading newspapers. He started researching the modalities of pursuing law and learnt about CLAT and other law entrance examinations.

Bhola’s story of getting associated with IDIA is unique. He was planning to appear for NLAT which NLSIU wanted to conduct to select its students in 2020 but had to subsequently cancel. As it was an online exam, IDIA had conducted a drive to connect students across India who needed laptops with people who were interested in lending them so that no one misses the opportunity to study law just due to a lack of resources. Bhola was one of the students who contacted IDIA for a laptop for the exam. 

Bhola met Mukesh Kumar who was the Team Leader of the IDIA Bihar Chapter for getting the laptop. Mukesh learnt about Bhola’s background and financial difficulties and told him about IDIA’s work and mission. Bhola decided to become an IDIA Trainee and was selected through the IDIA National Aptitude Test and interviews.

Bhola moved to Patna as his village did not have the appropriate resources and environment for studying. He conducted tuition classes to help pay for his expenses there. However, tragedy struck home. His father met with an accident when he was returning on his bicycle after delivering courier packages. His father was hospitalised for more than 45 days. He lost his job due to an injury sustained in his wrist. This left his family shattered and in midst of a financial crisis.

Bhola soldiered on and burnt the midnight oil for his CLAT preparation. He aspires to create awareness among people about their rights and the legal procedures and limits applicable to the government employees which will help people to stand up against exploitation. He strongly believes that studying law will give him the tools needed to fight against the existing social inequalities. Bhola also loves football and debating.

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