Written by Samarth Agarwal
Do we know the significance of 26th November? It was the day when the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India in 1949. Of course, the Mumbai attacks gave 26/11 a whole new dimension. Given its history, therefore, it was an appropriate date for the Karmaveer awards – which aim to recognise the real-life unsung heroes looking to bring about a change through citizen social responsibility.
Jithin and I took our seats on the second last row of the auditorium…No, we were not late. We were half an hour early perhaps. It was a tribute to the ‘back-benchers’ feeling of the good old days!!
Earlier in the day, Jithin shared with me how he dreams to own a sports bike some day!! Co-incidentally, a fellow Nobel Laureate 2009, recognised under the Contribution to Society through Sports category, also dealing in premium sports bikes, was sitting right beside us. That was perhaps one of the most critical networking activity that Jithin accomplished ;-)
On a more serious note, what set this award a class apart from all similar awards to individuals is that we knew that this one was for all the MAD volunteers. This was not only a recognition of what we had achieved so far, but was a reminder of the potential change that this organisation can bring about. As they say, the journey has only begun…
Here’s to many more bikes, oops!! awards :-)
Karmaveer Puraskaar is the peoples’ award instituted by iCONGO Confederation of NGOs- and KHEMKA FOUNDATION with all other sectors and partners like TISS, BCCI, CMS, NECCI, NASSCOM FOUNDATION, PHDCCI, FISME, RAI, AIESEC, Open Space NDTV, Outlook, Asian Age, Business World, Dataquest, Big FM, Tehelka and various other esteemed sectors and organizations..