Fully blind since the age of 13, Preeti has been working towards improving lives of others through her arduous efforts for the past 3 decades.
Founder and CEO of the Silver Linings Trust, which offers a host of services to people with disabilities. Preeti’s mission is to train and guide people with disability especially women so that they can live their life with dignity and with full rights and duties.
A motivational speaker, life coach, business development manager, counsellor, corporate trainer, author, entrepreneur and homemaker, Preeti was India’s first visually impaired Aerobic instructor.
Preeti is today living a great life successfully juggling between roles of social entrepreneur, speaker, mother, grandmother, wife and homemaker!
In 2013, she was bestowed with – The National Award by The President of India.
Abhina is a transgender activist and has been involved in the HIV response for key populations for more than 15 years. She serves as chair of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network and is a member of the International Transgender Resource Group.
Since 2010, Abhina has worked at India HIV/AIDS Alliance in New Delhi as the national programme manager for Pehchan which works to provide HIV prevention services to 450,000 people in 17 Indian states.
Pehchan is also building the capacity of 200 community-based organisations for MSM, transgender’s and hijras.
An accomplished dancer, Abhina uses the medium for advocacy and empowerment of transgender and hijra communities through Dancing Queens, a troupe she co-founded in 2012.
Girish is a Quadriplegic and completely paralysed neck downwards, for the past 15 years, due to a cervical spinal cord injury.
Despite such adversities, he is a Living Example of Ultimate Human Potential. He is on a Global Mission of spreading positivity called “Positive Earth”
Conducts motivational seminars and life transforming events for corporates, educational institutions and others proving to them that every soul is Potentially Infinite.
He was raped by his own Uncle from the age of 8.
Gang raped by his uncle and friends at the age of 12.
Is now a champion of change for gay rights and animal rights and works tirelessly for gender equality.
Rashmi Anand – left a violent marriage of 10 years with 2 children- Struggling mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, she somehow managed to hold herself together to forge a new beginning.
Now works with issues of gender and domestic violence, having voluntarily counselled hundreds of women personally.
Runs the Woman of the Elements Trust, which provides free legal aid to women and child victims of violence who are below the earning capacity of Rs. 5000.
An author with 11 published books, A eminent speaker, she gives talks on gender issues and human values for students.
Nipun was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder leading to a lack of muscles in arms and legs and thus commutes on a wheelchair.
He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nipman Foundation, a forum through which he advocates for the needs of Persons with Disability. The Nipman Foundation supports people with disability so that they become self employed and live an independent life.
The World Economic Forum has recognized Nipun as a Global Shaper and he has also been a TEDx speaker.
Nipun holds degrees in Economics from from St. Stephen’s College and the Delhi School of Economics and is an Executive Director at his Family business Nipman Fastener Industries.
Maj. DP Singh
Maj. Devender Pal Singh, a proud Kargil war veteran was Injured to the tune of being declared dead. He survived and is India’s 1st amputee marathon runner.
Famous as theIndian Blade Runner, he has successfully completed 14 half marathons till date.
He started running on artificial limb despite of many prevalent disabilities like – Partial hearing loss, Partial removal of intestine, shrapnel embedded still inside his body, Urinary bladder operated for tumor etc.
In 2011, he started the group, “The Challenging Ones” (TCO) where he tries to share and shape up the Attitude of various amputees.
He has inspired many on platforms like TEDx and at various educational institutes and business houses.
He is also the Indian brand ambassador for Red Bull’s ‘WingsForLife’ initiative and is a triple Limca book of records holder.
Mohammed Asif Iqbal
Asif lost his total eye sight at the age of 16 due to genetic disorder.
Currently serving as President of Welfare Society for the blind and member of CII CSR subcommittee
He is also a manager Advisory in PWC India and works with the help of talking software.
He received his primary, secondary and partial college education from United States. He is the First blind commerce graduate and MBA(HR) from St. Xavier’s college (Calcutta) and Symbiosis (SCMHRD, Pune) respectively
Instrumental in creating quota for disabled across IIMs, IITs and government Universities.
Receipient of national award, state role model award, United nation & iCONGO award, NIVH 2010 excellence award, Rotary Samman award, etc.
He was instrumental in introducing disabled friendly government web sites (IE, IRCTC)
Has delivered various presentations on role of technology in enabling the disabled at Nasscom, FICCI, CII, NHRDN, SHRM etc.
A trained pediatrician and a Hospital Administrator, Mitu is the first woman in India to save her daughters from female foeticide and also to file a complaint under P.C-P.N.D.T Act.
During her pregnancy she faced immense pressures from her husband & his entire family to abort, after they deceived her into a sex determination test. She saved her twin daughters by leaving her matrimonial home during pregnancy.
Since then she has been fighting for the proper implementation of laws meant to protect & safeguard women and towards gender equality. She’s spoken at various forums about female foeticide & why everyone needs to stand up collectively against female foeticide. Her dream is that the movement becomes a MASS movement (i.e. Mothers Against Sex Selection).
Karmaveer Puraskar 2014-201
Citizen Journalism Award 2010
Limca Book of Records 2010 pg no 188 for being the first woman complainant under P.N.D.T act
Satyamev Jayate which was seen by more than 6 million people worldwide in many languages.
The program on India’s missing daughters by ABC.
Manju Latha Kalanidhi, a senior journalist based in Hyderabad, takes the words “Be the change you want to see” rather seriously.
As a journalist, she has always used the opportunity to reach out to the masses to highlight several burning societal issues and bring it to the notice of the powers that be.
Her most recent brush with fame has been the Rice Bucket Challenge. The Hyderabadi journalist gave a desi, practical twist to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into India’s Rice Bucket Challenge – one that is apt for the hunger-ridden and rice-loving India!
In the last six months more than 95,000 kg of rice has reached the poor through individual and corporate participation India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Singapore etc.
Among the accolades she has won so far are the JFW Women Achiever Award, the Karamveer Chakra Gold Award, Govt of India – Women Achiever Award.
Jyoti Dhawale, HIV Positive since 2005 due to medical negligence, has faced stigma and social discrimination of being labeled as an outcast.
Having walked through that path, she now helps general public regarding HIV/AIDS by spreading awareness, educating them in how to take care of themselves as well as to break the myths that surround HIV.
Her marriage with HIV Negative partner was one perfect example to stand out and speak and sharing her experience as a “mixed-status couple”.
Through the power of media, social as well as mainstream, she speaks and writes about HIV.
Struck by Polio when she was 14 months old she studied in a school run by the rehabilitation center hospital for 14 years. Underwent 33 surgeries and was able to regain upper body functions.
Wheel chair bound but her enthusiasm was limitless – underwent physiotherapy; excruciating training to compete in athletics – javelin, shot-put, discus throw, wheelchair-racing.
Participated in the athlete meet for the people with disabilities in 1975 for the first time .
Since then has won 393 gold, 27 silver and 5 bronze medals in national and international events
The Indian government conferred the Arjuna Award in 1995 and later the PadmaShree as well.
Has represented India in Paralympics, Asian games and Commonwealth games amongst other events
She started the Mathru Foundation in 2004 to help differently abled children and provide home, education and other basic services to them