Prisoner of War ( 1971 India - Pakistan War) +War veteran
Capt GR Choudhary is a valiant soldier who joined the Indian Navy at an early age and went on to be commissioned in the Indian Army in 1971. He was the leading Platoon Commander in the forefront of the night attack on village Chatarana deep inside Pakistan. Wounded in action he was taken prisoner. During the year long period as a Prisoner of War, he battled immense pain and torture. After release, he rejoined his regiment whereupon he was posted in Mizoram when insurgency was at its peak in that state. He excelled in pursuit and capture of insurgents and misguided elements.
A thorough professional with varied and vast experience in the Indian Army, he was a part of operation Rakshak I and II in Punjab and J&K during the peak of terrorism. He was also engaged in the Kargil war in 1999. During operation Parakram he served in Rajasthan as part of strike corps. He has been an instructor at NSG, Manesar(Black Cat Commandos) and handled Special Security in a High Risk environment.
Entrepreneur & Motivator
Owner of a Transportation and Earth Mover Company, Danesh Kanagaraj did not let his physical disability to stand in the way of his accomplishments. Struck with muscular dystrophy in 75% of his body he even owned a startup serving top-notch companies like Google, Dell, Samsung, Mahindra, etc, all while graduation and is an active blogger and motivator with thousands of followers.
scientist and orator
An eminent Academician, Author, Researcher and Rehabilitation Technology Expert, Prof. DP Sharma is a strategic innovator and international orator. He is the recipient of 46 National and International Awards and a wide range of appreciations including India’s one of the highest civilian Award “Sardar Ratna Life Time Achievements International Award- 2015”. He has published more than a dozen of Books, 127 International research papers/ articles in refereed International Journals/conference pertaining to IT and multidisciplinary Informatics apart from this he is a member of Editorial/Reviewer boards of 29 International Journals like IEEE, IACSIT, Elsevier and Springer etc.
Scientist, Social Worker, Author "Camel Karma: Twenty Years among India’s Camel Nomads”
Ilse is a native of Germany but has been partly based in Rajasthan since she came to India in 1990 to study the Raika camel herders. She currently works towards policies and practices that support socially responsible and ecologically sustainable livestock development as a humane alternative to industrial livestock production. She has more than hundred publications in scientific journals. Ilse’s work has been recognized by several international and national level awards, including a ROLEX Associate Award for Enterprise and, most recently, the Nari Shakti Puruskar (Womens’ Empowerment Award) by the President of India in 2016.
Welfare worker and healer
An exemplary lady with a work experience of over 25 years in the fields of health, education and environment, Dr Susan Raj, is a born leader. She has been working with the HIV/AIDS afflicted for over 22 years during which she found SOD(Stabilized Oxygen Detox) which helps them to build up the immune system and pioneered in creating an AIDS care Home for ‘Sahara Aalhad’ at Wagholi, Pune. Her project DISHA led to a movement called, “Wake Up Pune” and received UN award as one of the best intervention for HIV & AIDS. She was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a temporary advisor to design HIV intervention program for various high-risk communities. She has pioneered ‘Saheli’ in the red light area of Pune Budhwarpeth for Indian Health Organization during 1991 to 1994 which has become a model project and has been replicated by NACO in many parts of India.
folklorist and Entreprenure
A folklorist, he, nurtures the idea of spreading the magic of the Indian Desert, in its vibrant colours, exotic music and dance, to the corners of the world. He conceived and runs the project ‘The Rhythms of Rajasthan’ with a vision to ensemble the top class folk performing artists of Rajasthan to showcase their talent at various platforms. He has been working with more than 100 folk artists of Rajasthan for the past eleven years and has been a part of over 50 international music festivals across the globe.
industrialist + author (The Ordinary, the Enchanted and the Quaintly Happy)
Sachin Jha is a technocrat (B.Tech, IIT Delhi) who runs a chemical manufacturing business in Rajasthan. An avid reader with a synthetic bent of mind, he has authored a book on happiness entitled 'The ordinary, the enchanted, and the quaintly happy. Another book authored by him is a biography of Mr. V.K.Bansal entitled 'It all adds up'. His writing style is one that flirts with humour even as it endeavours to deliver some pertinent messages.
Jha also paints in oil and acrylic and has had a few well received exhibitions at The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
V K Bansal
CEO Bansal Classes
An amazing personality who challenged his own destiny to achieve what seemed impossible, Mr Bansal was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, which left him physically impaired and a predicted short lifespan. He, however, became the founder of Bansal Classes, one of the leading Test Preparation Institutions in the country. From the humble beginning of the dining room classes to now training thousands of students every year, Bansal Classes became a household name for anyone preparing for IIT-JEE showing favourable results year after year.