Throughout his childhood, Madan walked six kilometers daily to attend the nearest school in his village in Karnataka. While other children would stay back and play after school, Madan used to rush home to help his father till their land and grow ragi. Madan’s daily routine consisted of milking the cows and helping his father with household chores.
After topping his batch in his school in the village of Gudemaranahalli in Karnataka, Madan came to Bangalore with his uncle to complete his secondary education. Madan says that coming to Bangalore changed his entire perception about the world. For the first time in his life he encountered people speaking fluent English, and realised that he needed to learn this language soon, if he wanted to make any headway in his career. Madan scored an overwhelming 95%in his standard X examinations, the highest in his panchayat taluka, and 96.3% in his standard XII examinations.
Madan recollects the day when his father, an agricultural labourer in Karnataka, lost his only piece of land as the result of a legal dispute. His father could not afford a lawyer. To this day, his father believes that had they been able to afford a lawyer, things would have turned out differently for the family.
This childhood memory haunted Madan throughout his growing years and he dreamt of making legal services accessible to farmers and labourers. Currently studying at ILS, Pune and having secured a seat at HNLU through CLAT 2013, Madan is one of the most hardworking and deserving scholars at IDIA.
Madan graduated in the year 2017.