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Parimal Desai



Parimal Desai is a trustee of the Sarvodaya Charitable Trust in Surat, and when quake- and riot-affected children needed help and succour, he led the initiative to put the meaning of charity into practice in the truest sense.

Asha Bhat

Asha Bhat, who hails from Doda in Jammu, came to Wusan after marrying Radha Krishan, a grocer. Their elder son, Suresh Kumar, is a police constable, while the younger one works at their shop.

Sanjeev Kumar

When Sanjeev Kumar initially moved back to his village in Khagaria, Bihar, he realized that the greatest drawback of the Doms was their lack of education. So he gathered the Dom children in a house and taught them to read and write for a few hours every day, and taught them about issues such as hygiene. Later, after the Bahishkrit Hitkari Sanghatan was formed, work on education continued in full earnest, and the children whom Sanjeev was teaching were enrolled in schools.

Sunitha Krishnan

Sunitha Krishnan is a fulltime volunteer in Prajwala. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. She has been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of children from severely abusive conditions and restoring childhood to them.

Naseema Hurzuk

Naseema Hurzuk was a happy active teenager taking part in sports and cultural activities when she was struck with paraplegia at the age of 16. She lost her father soon thereafter, but with her family’s support and motivation from Shri Babu Kaka Diwan, a paraplegic who ran his own industry, drove his own car and travelled by plane, Naseema completed her graduation and got employment in the Central Excise Department where she rose to the position of Deputy Office Superintendent before resigning to take up Helpers of the Handicapped work full-time.

Subhasini Mistry

Subhasini Mistry , a resident of Hanspukur, 24 Parganas (South), West Bengal, lost her husband due to medical negligence in 1971, and brought up her children by working as a housemaid, a manual labourer and a vegetable seller for 20 years. She saved Rs. 100,000, and, with the help of community workers and neighbours, she was able to see her son Ajoy qualify as a doctor. Visualising a hospital for the underprivileged, she bought a plot of land in the interiors of Thakurpukur, where most people are in the ‘poor’ category, and opened a clinic in a hut there. Eschewing the practice of naming hospitals after individuals and organizations, she decided to name it the Humanity Hospital. 

Babar Ali

Babar Ali is just 20 and is the headmaster of Anand Siksha Niketan school at Bhabta Uttar Para in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Hailed as the youngest headmaster in the world by the BBC in October 2009, Ali started teaching as a game for the other children, with a class of eight. That play-acting has now matured into a school providing free education till Class VIII to 977 students. He began with a handful of students in 2002 and in 2005, at the suggestion of his father, Mohammad Nasiruddin, a small businessman of crops, fertilisers and agricultural products, he set up Ananda Siksha Niketan with Rs. 600 capital. It grew steadily as help came from the village panchayat, local government officials, monks at the Ramakrishna Mission and the Murshidabad District Magistrate.

Azim Premji

Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Limited, founded Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profit organization, with a vision to significantly contribute to achieving quality universal education that facilitates a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society, in 2001. The Foundation works in the area of elementary education to pilot and develop ‘proofs of concept’ that have a potential for systemic change in India's 1.3 million government-run schools. A specific focus is on working in rural areas where the majority of these schools exist. 

Mohammad Sharif

Mohammad Sharif of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh lost his son but was unable to even find out whether he had died. He now makes it his life’s mission to hold funerals and give a dignified farewell to other unidentified people whose bodies remain unclaimed.


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Satyamev Jayate - Episode 13 - The Idea of India - We The People - Last Episode - 29th July 2012

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