Bengaluru: Mohd Asim, 12-year-old boy with special needs, studying at Govt Mapplia Upper Primary School at Velimana village in Kozhikode, has now taken his silent fight to get his school upgraded to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In a recorded video message, Asim, a 7th Class student, has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step in and make his wish granted.

The video message is similar to what Asim wrote to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking his support to continue with his studies.

Asim’s father Mohd Saeed told Mathrubhumi that his son has become restless and constantly keeps asking him about the developments.

“He has become really vigilant now and would want to know what happened to the status of his appeals. It was his idea to record a video and appeal to PM. First he wanted it to be sent to the President and then he changed his mind to PM. We are hopeful Pinarayi Sir or Modi Sir will do the needful,” Saeed said.

Panchayat passes resolution

With the fate of hundreds of children along with Asim unknown if the school is not upgraded, the Omassery Panchayat adopted a resolution asking the government to look into their plea favourably.

“Along with Asim many others will benefit if the school gets upgraded. Asim, without both hands, need constant support even for his primary needs. The presence of his parents at the school is essential all the time. The boy’s hunger to study further cannot be ignored. It is the need of the entire Panchayat” says the resolution that was passed by the panchayat last week.

So far, in addition to the CM, Asim has met Education Minister C Raveendranath and CPM Kerala state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan  Kodiyeri.

Asim hit the headlines after he wrote a passionate letter with his legs to Kerala CM in November last.

The action committee members along with Asim met actor Mammootty recently at his Kochi residence with an appeal. The team has also approached popular Malayalam actress Manju Warrier via her media manager for help, but yet to get any response.

Campaign team to step up efforts

The #Justice4Asim campaign team says they would set up the efforts so that the boy’s wish is fulfilled at the earliest.

“We are running out of time as the exams are nearing and the education department officials will be engrossed with many other pressing duties. If the order for upgrading the school doesn’t come in January or early February then our efforts will go in vain. Post-that, there will be exams and summer vacations and the chances will be bleak,” says Munavar Sadathil, an action committee member.

He said the #Justice4Asim campaign on social media has really caught up with across Malayalees globally.

“The Malayalee community has come together on social media in support of Asim. In fact there are people from other states who have sent their wishes to the boy. We are not short of support and prayers. Just that the government must bless us and hopefully they will,” he adds.

Asim’s family is again travelling to Thiruvananthapuram on January 3 in their efforts to knock at more doors so that the boy gets justice.

“#Jusitce4Asim is not a campaign against any individual, institution or government. It has no political lineage. It simply aims at extending a helping arm to the feeble voice of small boy from a village who wants to study. Despite all the difficulties life has gifted him, he is not willing to give up. And, we are backing his will,” says Sarthaj Velimanna, a campaign team member.

They fear, if the school is not upgraded to a high school level, hundreds of students along with Asim, will drop out of studies unable to walk over 6 km to reach the next govt school.

There is a strong private management lobby playing spoilsports, fearing the fall of their strength if Velimana gets a high school.