Indian No: 8 Medha Patkar- A True Rebel
“Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati Bharata; Abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya cha dushkritam; Dharma-samthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge.” –
“Whenever the balance of the universe is disturbed by external interference from any of its parts, then I reveal myself as the Power of eternal balancing. For the protection of those who are in harmony, and the rectification of everything disharmonious, I incarnate myself at every juncture of time.”
Medha Patkar is one of them. She was born on December 1, 1954. She did her M.A in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She relinquished her faculty position in TISS and her unfinished Ph.D to participate in the Tribal agitations in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. She founded the Naramada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Movement) along with Baba Amte, which fights against the government’s decision to build Sardar Sarovar Dam across Narmada River. She held a 20 day hunger strike protest after Supreme Court rejected their plea. Medha formed the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) along with other like minded intellectuals which fights against globalization. Medha Patkar is one of the recipients of Right Livelihood Award for the year 1991. She received the 1999 M.A.Thomas National Human Rights Award from Vigil India Movement. She has also received numerous other awards, including the Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award, Mahatma Phule Award, Goldman Environment Prize, and Green Ribbon Award for Best International Political Campaigner by BBC, and the Human Rights Defender’s Award from Amnesty International. She was also a Commissioner to the World Commission on Dams.
I salute this true rebel and she is my No: 8 for this year
Indian No: 9 Sunita Williams – Second Indian Lady in Space
Three years back there was one Indian lady who flew in to space with glittering eyes and heart full of dreams. Her dream ended halfway through to earth. Three years later one more Indian lady dreamt of flying in space. The lady’s name is Sunita Williams and her dream came true on 10th December, 2006. Sunita, born on Sepetember 19th, 1965 was selected by NASA in June1998 for her training as an astronaut. She worked in Moscow with the Russian Space Agency on the Russian contribution to the International Space Station (ISS), and with the first expedition crew sent to the ISS.
Currently she is a flight engineer with the Expedition 14 crew on the International Space Station. She was launched on the Space Shuttle mission STS-116, aboard the shuttle Discovery, on 10 December 2006. Among the personal items Williams took with her to the ISS are a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a small statue of Lord Ganesh and some Samosas. Wherever you are, whatever you do dil hai hindustani. When are we going to see an Indian discovery?