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Salute to these 5 Indians who are yet to get their due...

Half of our nation is busy with follow-up on Indian PM Narendra Modi's next agenda on his trip to 'Down Under', while the other half is obsessed with the ongoing wedding ceremonies of Bollywood actor
India TV News Desk December 05, 2014 11:41 IST
India TV News Desk

Half of our nation is busy with follow-up on Indian PM Narendra Modi's next agenda on his trip to 'Down Under', while the other half is obsessed with the ongoing wedding ceremonies of Bollywood actor Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan.
 
But when it comes to knowing people who really matter, who have actually dedicated their lives for causes close to nation's interest, we choose to remain ignorant until they receive international acclaim.
 
Who knew Kailash Satyarthi before he was awarded Nobel peace prize along with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai? Or CNR Rao, the one receiving Bharat Ratna along with Sachin Tendulkar!
 
There are still lot many Indians, who despite putting their heart and soul for the cause of our country, are yet to be recognized by the nation let alone being rewarded.
 
They may be not celebs or politicians, or the ones sharing limelight with them, flogging social media platforms on daily basis; they are the ones who are literally engaged in social work and not just being hypothetically bringing a change through social media platforms.
 
Do you actually know some social workers, who incognito is working around you for the betterment of the society? Or,are you aware of any such NGOs that has affected change around you!
 
We are going to touch upon a few names from the ocean, who despite having national and international awards to their credit, are much lesser known among general masses.
 
 
1. Dr Bindeshwar Pathak

 

 

 Dr. Pathak has been working for #SwachBharat since last 44 years. During his early years, Pathak traveled throughout India and was deeply moved by the plight of the human scavengers. Thus, he launched the tirade against this menace, and founded 'Sulabh International' in 1970, where he introduced a humanitarian way of maintaining Sanitation and Hygiene.
 
 
2. Chandi Prasad Bhatt 

 

 

A Gandhian by principle, CP Bhatt is also considered as India's first modern environmentalist. He was the first Indian who woke up to the threat of ecological imbalance and instituted 'Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh (DGSS)' in 1964 for employment of villagers in forest based Industries.
 
In 1973, when forests were mercilessly worn out for commercial purpose, he re-launched ‘Chipko Movement', a non violent way of expressing protest by hugging the trees.
 
 
3. Kulandei Francis

 

Founder of Integrated Village Development Project (IVDP), an NGO, Mr Francis has been working for over three decades for the financial emancipation of thousands of women and their families in rural India.
 
IVDP has helped in creating more than 7000 self-help groups in Tamil Nadu.
 
 
4. Harish Hande 

 

 

Do you know what is a 'Solar Lamp'? Did you know, our PM Narendra Modi envisioned that every household must have at least one 'Solar Lamp' by 2019?
 
Now meet Mr. Harish Hande, who has been already working hard to get a solar lamp in every household, for almost two decades now. Hande is the co-founder of renewable energy company SELCO, which has played an instrumental role in lightening up the lives of poverty stricken people from rural India.

5. Nileema Mishra

 

In her career span of over three decades, Mishra has worked tirelessly for rural Maharashtra, addressing their adversity and aspiration.
 
She is the founder of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan(BNGVN), an organization that aims to solve community's problem within the village. She is a lender to the poorest and has changed many a lives in the state of Maharshtra.