It is a summer morning. The resplendent sun is slowing making its descent in the milky skies. As you walk down a road in Gujarat, a huge flock of pigeons swoops down to the place where the local people strew jowar, bajra and rice for the birds to feed on. Drops of water spatter as the birds fight over a water tank created by someone to keep them from dehydrating in the scorching Gujarat summer. Further down the road, a lady who looks deceptively similar to grandmother locates ant hills with her bespectacled eyes and spreads wheat flour around them for the ants to feed on… What makes these people care for others when they know they shall get nothing in return?
As an unspoken Indian tradition hundreds of people in India are saved from heat strokes in the Indian summers due to philanthropic distribution of drinking water and creation of shades by individuals and organizations. It is again an age old Indian tradition to donate our belongings to less fortunate, to feed the poor and animals on religious occasions and to inculcate this feeling of community service right from the day we are born.
In the India of the future, we have students who are more interested in cramming their course material rather than open their eyes to the wealth of knowledge, students who undertake pro bono work only as another value addition to their Curriculum Vitae. But then there are those chosen few who relentlessly believe in the goodness of their souls and engage in selfless activities every day, supporting and empowering those who are less endowed. This award is for those helping souls and for those who may gain inspiration from this recognition.