Armless youth icon lends a helping hand


Pranav M.B., who had been in the news as the armless ambassador of the differently abled during last year’s Lok Sabha elections, on Monday joined the SFI TV Challenge by donating his television set to help the deprived.

“I will be happy if my TV set helps at least one student to learn during this COVID-19 pandemic. I can manage with my smartphone,” said Pranav after handing over his TV set to Students Federation of India district secretary P. Dinanath at his house at Malamalamukku, Alathur. Pranav had been chosen by the district administration as the youth icon of the differently abled for the Election Commission’s voter awareness programme SVEEP (systematic voter education and electoral participation). He became a hero when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan shared a photo with him on his social media page in December last.

“I am sure the TV set will reach the most deserving hands,” said Pranav, who is preparing for Public Service Commission examinations after he passed BCom securing 65% marks from Government College, Chittur. During the current lockdown, he completed more than two dozen paintings using his right toes. Mr. Dinanath said they were aiming to collect 500 TV sets through the TV Challenge.

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