26/11 Mumbai Attack: Shaurya Ride Flagged Off To Mumbai In The Memory Of Brave Heart Martyrs

In the memory of the brave-heart martyrs of 26/11, Mumbai attack, NGO I Am Still Human (IASH) in collaboration with Barrents by Rock and Storm and Thumpers Cafe, kick started a tribute campaign ‘Shaurya Ride’ from Sector 19 Petrol Pump, Chandigarh.

The rally comprising 17 bike riders was flagged off by Asha Kumari Jaswal, former mayor, Chandigarh, who was accompanied by Bobbee Singh, social activist, Col Manvinder Singh and Aashu Khare- from Rock & Storm (a corporate).

As part of the campaign the riders, who left for Mumbai will make a stopover at 5 cantonments and will pay tribute to Indian army personnel and families of Indian army martyrs. This will be a befitting tribute to those Indian army and other security personnel; who laid down their lives for the nation in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

During the journey, while crossing many states and cities the riders will visit to soldiers of the Indian Army.

Vivek Mehra, Founder, I Am Still Human said, “We have organized this rally in memory of all the martyrs of our great nation. It is our brave soldiers and officers because of whom we are breathing in a free country and we should do everything possible to keep their morale high.”

He added, “With this ride, our aim is to unite the nation with our soldiers, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The idea is to bring about a change in this area and stand in support of the families of our great martyrs.”

The riders will also make the civilian population aware of the different ways of contributing to the welfare of veterans and families of the Indian armed forces.

Prashant Arora, Barrents by Rock and Storm said, “As part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) we have always stood for our forces. It’s under this initiative that we have joined hands with I Am Still Human for this campaign.”

“Our soldiers are the real heroes of our country and we shouldn’t forget their sacrifices for the nation. As responsible citizens, their families are also like our families and we should stand by their side always”, he added

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Press Conference – Shaurya, Ye Diwali Veer Pariwar Ke Saath

Chandigarh, October 21, 2019

Campaign “ ‘Shaurya’ Ye Diwali Veer Pariwar Ke Saath” which will focus on expressing gratitude and paying rich tributes to the Indian Army Martyrs’ and their brave-heart families, was unveiled by Tricity NGO ‘I am Still Human’(IASH). The formal unveiling of ‘Shaurya’ was done by holding a press conference to announce the details of the campaign. Those who participated in the press meet included Vivek Mehra, Founder, ‘I Am Still Human’, Raman Gupta, Co-founder and Director, GBP Group, Er. Bhavpreet Singh, Co-Founder, ‘Shaurya India’, Kuldip Kumar Saini, Patron, IASH, Gaurav Agarwal, Board of Director, IASH , Bobbee Singh, Member, IASH and Arnav Batra, COO, IASH and Col(Retd.) Manvinder Singh.

Vivek Mehra said, “The auspicious festival of Diwali gives the opportunity to express our love and gratitude by honouring the families our valiant martyrs. Under the ‘Shaurya’ campaign we will be collecting useful Diwali gifts for children of martyrs of Jammu & Kashmir Rifles (J & K Rifles), who are living, in the regiment’s hostel at Jabalpur. The army has set up the hostel to take care of 65 children whose fathers were martyred fighting for the country. We will also collect video messages for them. Lt. Gen. K.J Singh (Retd), PVSM, AVSM** is the Ambassador of ‘Shaurya’ Campaign.”

Tricity’s well known corporate, GBP Group, is also lending support to the noble cause under its CSR initiative.

Raman Gupta, Co Founder & Director GBP Group said, “The army takes care of such kids regiment wise throughout the country, and we also wanted to offer our humble support to these children of Indian Army martyrs, on Diwali. We have made arrangements to collect the gift items both big and small at any GBP office of Tri-city till October 23. We have earmarked our Sec 34 A, Chandigarh office, GBP Centrum, Zirakpur and GBP Athens near McDonalds, Zirakpur for the gift collection. One can also call on 9914043336 to know more about making a donation, which is a dedicated line for the campaign .”

Bhavpreet Singh said, “Once we collect the donations, volunteers of IASH will take a trip to Jabalpur on two motorbikes. One car with the gifts, will accompany the motorcyclists. I and Vivek will be on the motorbikes and the car will be driven by Arnav Batra. The trip will be flagged off from GBP Centrum, Zirakpur at 8 am on October 25. We will spend Diwali with the children and return on October 29.”

The idea behind the trip to Jabalpur is also to interact and get to know the needs of the children more. This in turn will help in working towards helping them for their future careers, via providing the right resources etc. The initiative will commemorate Diwali in the truest form.

Col (Retd) Manvinder Singh said, “I congratulate IASH for making this possible. We as a nation should always remember & respect the great sacrifice made by our gallant defence forces in protecting the country. Such measures will instill confidence and hope in the children & next of kin of martyrs that the whole nation stands solidly behind them as one.”

According to Arnav Batra, “The motive of the campaign is also to sensitise the civilian population about the need to get involved with the welfare of martyrs’ next of kin, especially their children. It is not only the duty of the Indian Army but also the citizens to take care of them, as it is only because of their fathers incredible sacrifice, that we are able to breathe in a free nation.”

It is noteworthy that ‘I Am Still Human’ (IASH), is a Tri-city based NGO involved in multidimensional activities, aiming to empower the youth and redirecting their energies for the betterment of the society as a whole. Before this initiative, IASH has organised 7 Blood Connect Camps in association with the Indian Army, where the collected blood was provided to different Command Hospitals and AFTC, New Delhi.

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Shaurya – Ye Diwali Veer Pariwaro Ke Sath

Napoleon Bonaparte once said that “It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.”

The sweetness of laddoos, the scent of incense, the merriment in the air;
This Diwali I Am Still Human with GBP and BIG FM has initiated a campaign, Shaurya: Ye Diwali Veer Pariwars ke Saath
Let’s show some love and gratitude by coming together and honouring the families our valiant martyrs!

Some ways in which you can commemorate in true sense this festival of light;
– Drop by with your blessings (gifts and video messages) big or small at any GBP office of tricity by 23rd October and we will make sure your blessings reach their destination.

1. GBP Group, SCO 196-197, Sector 34A, Chandigarh.
2. GBP Centrum, Ambala Chandigarh Expy, Zirakpur.
3. GBP Athens, PR – 7, Near Mc Donalds, Zirakpur.
(Or call us at +91-99140-43336)

– Join us for a rally for commemorating our brave martyrs from GBP Centrum on 25th October at 8 am

– We also welcomed you to join Team SHAURYA at Jabalpur Cantt on Sunday, October 27, 9 am to help us pour happiness into the lives of the Families of our beloved martyrs.

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An initiative of @iamstillhumanofficial supported by @SushmaFoundation .

The initiative stands for saving the food from getting wasted and instead to be given to the one who really need it.
So help us in doing that . If you live in Zirakpur and you have left over food then don’t keep it for the next day or meal instead let the hungry eat that .

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Rakhi Making Competition

Taking forward the Celebration of Independence day, I Am Still Human under it’s initiative Project Sidhi organised a Rakhi Making Competition and Lunch at an Orphanage this 15th August 2018.
The team also played cricket along with these angels and had a lot of fun.
Join our team and make a difference.

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Shaurya – Celebrating Our Heroes

Here are few more glimpses of our Pre-Independence Day Celebration with our Parapalagic Soldiers of Indian Army.
Lt. Gen. K.J Singh (Retd), PVSM, AVSM**, Ambassador, Shaurya Campaign, I Am Still Human, also attended the event and spent some time with the PRC Soldiers.
The event was full of amazing poetry by poets like Imtiaz Ali.
The event was also blessed by Mr. J.D Ghai’s presence who is also the founder of
The event was beautifully captured by Pixel Team.


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UMEED- A Ray Of Hope

The vibes in IMA complex was enough to make anyone feel, that there is something extraordinary going on in the morning of 25th. ‘I am still human’ an NGO which aims to bridge the gap between the army and the common people, organized an event ‘Umeed’. The event was a fundraising program. All the money generated through the event was directly transferred to the Indian Army Battle Casualty Account. There were two guest speakers for the event. First one was the man who captured the Siachen, the highest battle field in India. The man is none other than, Lt. Gen. P. N Hoon (Retd) PVSM ASM SM. He is the senior advisor to the defense and security to the government of India. The second speaker of the event was Mrs. Lily Bawa who is a Virangana Shree awardee and the w/o martyr Lt. Col. Inder Bawa who sacrificed his life in the Indo-Sri Lanka peace keeping war, and was awarded Mahavir Chakra posthumously. Both are the senior exalted members of our organization.
The event started by screening our journey, two days back on 23rd ‘I am still human’ completed its two years anniversary. The journey was started by a simple man, or we can say a boy of 20 years who has a soul full of passion, mind with an idea, and a determined heart to bring a change in the country, the founder, Vivek Mehra. Success is not defined by the age, it is the maturity that your ideas hold and the bitter experiences that your life gives without giving you enough time. The video journey showed it all. The campaigns the drives and the love of our organization towards the society. From collecting one lakh letters, going orphanages, spending time in old age homes to organizing blood donation camps, the journey was like a breeze passed through an open window of time.

The event was officially inaugurated by the opening speech of Lt. Gen. K. J. Singh PVSM AVSM SM; his kind words were entitled towards the service of our nation, and the applause to the organization for its efforts. Now, it was the time for the climax of the show, it was the time when the legendary figure was to be introduced to our audience, Lt. Gen. P.N Hoon. A mesmerising video of him was played showing the eternal journey of his life, his childhood, Indian army, marriage ,retirement and his relations with ‘I am still human’. The video ended with national anthem, everyone present in the hall was stunned, and the inexorable claps said it all. Then a live question-answer session took place, and as always the charming personality of Hoon Sir eloped the environment and everyone was thoroughly drawn in. The same took place with Mrs. Lily Bawa, her introductory video showed how a mother abides her duty towards her children, and after losing her husband in the war she kept her heart strong and sends her son to the Indian Army, it is truly said that mother and motherland are above heaven, but when someone who has both motherhood and nationality, then a change has to come. There were other guest too, who graced the event and gave the organization a helping hand and a promise to be with us in future. Both the speakers were given the mementos from ‘I am still human’ as the honour of their presence and as a commemoration of this day.

Bringing into the scenario the musical twist we had the ‘New Age’ band, which performed so well and lifted the frame of mind of the audience.

The event went on, and our founder Vivek Mehra came over to represent the cause, and spoke about his journey of life. The program ended, the whole organizing committee was on stage and the donation of rupees 61,000 was announced to be donated into the Indian army battle casualty account. The audience was dispersed with certificates and refreshment, but above all with such an experience which everyone will cherish lifetime. The efforts of months, the sleepless nights the overtime working, from printing to writing and from thinking to application, our hard work bear fruit.

There is one thing which everyone of us should understand, we shall never be afraid of doing hard work, never step back because of failure, keep working hard, when god will not be able to hold your debt, then the paying off will be every job done, and every dream realized.

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Fighting Phoenix

Walking on the ramp, each move showing her confidence, acid attack survivor Laxmi refused to be called a victim; instead she chose to be an inspiring fighter.

A perfect figure and an appealing face is a necessity to be a brand ambassador of a fashion label, or so the world says. However, clothing brand “Viva D Diva” planned a campaign called “Face of Courage” challenging the outlook of people towards fashion and beauty. And they could not find anyone better than Laxmi, the most outspoken advocate against acid attacks.

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Fighting Phoenix : Story Of Laxmi

Walking on the ramp, each move showing her confidence, acid attack survivor Laxmi refused to be called a victim; instead she chose to be an inspiring fighter.

A perfect figure and an appealing face is a necessity to be a brand ambassador of a fashion label, or so the world says. However, clothing brand “Viva D Diva” planned a campaign called “Face of Courage” challenging the outlook of people towards fashion and beauty. And they could not find anyone better than Laxmi, the most outspoken advocate against acid attacks.

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Her journey from a victim to a fighter and a living inspiration was both mentally and physically challenging. Laxmi , was born to an impoverished family in New Delhi. Her life was not much more different from the millions of teenage girls in India but it remained so till 2005 only.
In 2005, teenaged Laxmi faced a horrific acid attack. A man double her age had an eye on her. He asked her to marry him but she turned it down as a result of that refusal he planned an acid attack and attacked her with acid while walking at a bus stop located in south Delhi’s famous and populous Khan Market. The man who claimed to love that face left a permanent scar on it.
The journey to recovery was full of challenges; the sole earner of the family was her father and it was not easy for him to manage the expenses. But family was always on her support in her fight. Seven surgeries were carried out in total to find a figured face.
Some of the toughest were her initial days, and not making it easier was the fact that the outlook of society towards her was more painful than her wounds. But this was when she developed the habit of challenging the stereotypes set by society; she gathered courage and added tailoring and the art of beautification to her basic computer skills to find a job for her but nobody was willing to give her a job just because that her face was scary for them. Meanwhile, her attacker was on bail and soon was living happily married while she was suffering, having done no wrong at all.
This injustice called to time for a change and Laxmi’s crusade against acid attack began in 2006 when along with another acid attack survivor Rupa, she filled a Public Interest Litigation in the supreme Court to regulate the sale of acid. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of her plea. This was her victory, her moment of pride.
Her victories and accomplishments started a chain. She started the campaign “Stop acid attacks”. She was the director of Chhavn foundation, an NGO dedicated to help other acid attack survivors. The woman who had been denied a job a few years back was now the host of a TV series called “Udaan”, her own television show launched on News X on the 8th of March 2014 based on the stories of acid attack survivors.
Her biggest came was when the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama awarded Laxmi with the International Women of Courage Award in March 2014.
A revolution, a change came in her personal life in January 2014. A man once altered her life, changing it forever, leaving her with a chip on her shoulder. But now came a man who took away the chip, a man to whom her scars did not matter.
Alok Dixit, a social activist had also set out to fight against the scourge of acid attacks. She could not have asked anyone better than him. But the two decided not to marry for they wanted to challenge the society they started a relationship of understanding and support, without giving a name to it.
Challenging the taboos of society Laxmi has faced the world boldly.
For those who think that an attack to face can destroy a woman’s life she is an extraordinary example of courage and inspiration. She not only fought her own fight but is also doing so for so many others on the same journey she once took.
Laxmi has now entered a new phase of her life by becoming the mother of a daughter.

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Fighting Phoenix : Story of Ritu

Every year the alarming statistics of acid attacks come to light. According to a report published in “The Indian Express”, there is 300% rise in acid attacks in last three years. The acid attack survivors go through a deep dark phase. At an age when girls think about careers and relationships these survivors go through the struggle of getting a figured face. The agony and ordeal they go through is not easy to be faced.

While many survivors lose the hope in between their struggle there are girls who led by their example and fight for the justice.

On May 26, 2012 the life of Ritu, daughter of Sita Ram Saini, an automobile mechanic and a resident of Rohtak, Haryana became a living nightmare. The fall out of a property dispute changed her life overnight. She faced an acid attack which was plotted by her relatives.

Her parents had never dreamt of her daughter naming among the victims of crimes against women.

She was a student of Class Sixth in Saini High School in Rohtak when she fall in love with volleyball. She used to go to court everyday for her practice. She left her home like any other day totally unnerved about the phase that was going to start. She reached the Prem Nagar Chowk around four in evening, two men approached her on a bike. Before she could sense anything the pillion rider splashed acid over her.

Since that day a difficult journey from despair to hope started for her.

Everybody at that place crowded around her as she laid there squirming in pain but nobody stepped forth for help.  It was her elder Brother who spotted her there and rushed her to the Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Sciences in a police van.She had put her hand up to her face and the skin started peeled off. She can never forget the agony that she felt as acid tricked down her face onto her neck. She opened her eyes around her Parents in Hospital Ward Room. In her parents eyes she could see her forever disfigured face. She was in intensive care unit for seven days. From that day every second that pasts she asks herself a single question that what had she done to deserve this cruelty. But her burns were more than an acid attack. Her aunt Rajwanti had hired two men to target her parents over property dispute.

Once she was a happy go girl full of dreams and desires. She loved herself like anyone, she loved getting dressed up for her birthdays, she loved to live life to the fullest but now her life was within a hospital room. Her school, volleyball court everything was there but all this now reminded her the pain she had gone through. She herself could not recognize her face. The girl in her photo albums was gone. She had 45% of her body burnt, 90% of her face was damaged and acid had also affected her eyes.

But the journey began that day when she decided that she’ll fight the legal fight till the end. Police filled the charge sheet after the five months of incident three of the accused were booked under section 307 and five were booked under section 120 B. When Punjab and Haryana High Courts had granted bail to Rajwanti and Raju she had approached higher courts so look into the to ensure speedy justice.

Though initially she totally withdrew herself from friends and family but the support of her three brothers mounted her from darkness. Her father is the sole bread earner for the family of six members. Her medical expenses had added to his burden. She had received a help for her plastic surgery from State Government under Relief and Rehabilitation of Women Acid victim Scheme.

Her painful days and sleepless nights got an end when she started working at “Sheroes Hangout” and started campaigning for “Stop Acid Attacks”. She started recovering both on mental and physical level when she started helping Rupa at Sheroes in her dream project , “A design Home”.

As a campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks the message she wants to convey to the whole world is that there must be no room for violence in the lives of people. To burn, ma me, disfigure or mutilate another human being is far from humanity. If these crimes happening around us, we must once condemn these, and recognize the need to embrace peace and compassion.

The burns on her body has never be able to burn the courage in her heart. She is a true inspiration.

Pictures Source : hindustantimes. com,                                      

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