With her inspirational talk about the lives of defence personnel at rough terrains in India, Mrs Anuradha Prabudesai inspires the members of Indian diaspora in Britain …reports Rahul Laud
On a Saturday morning leaving aside their regular domestic chores a discerning audience heard an unassuming lady – simple saree clad who travelled from Pune to various cities in the UK to narrate the lives of soldiers in India and their sacrifices besides her own experiences with them. She represented her organisation Lakshaya Foundation which has now emerged as a forum to build love for Indian soldiers.
Organised jointly by the Vedic Organisation for Indian Culture (VOICE) and Education and North West Marathi Association, the inspirational and patriotic audio visual presentation by Anuradha depicted the selfless acts of bravery of the Indian Army soldiers during the Kargil war. The one-and-half hour long event was held at Gita Bhavan temple hall in Manchester.
In her gripping presentation, which was a combination of some exclusive war footage and spots of Kargil and Ladakh, Anuradha mesmerised the audience with her touching narration. She said: “I, along with my friend Vikram Joshi, took an oath at Vijay Stambh (War Memorial in Drass) to bring to light the sacrifices made by these soldiers. We promised to visit Kargil and bring civilians along with us to show them the difficult terrain and the battlefield of Kargil War where our soldiers fought valiantly. And then the journey began…”
Anuradha told Asian Lite that the Lakshya Foundation was later set up to help Indian soldiers fighting tirelessly on the borders in difficult terrains and harsh weather conditions who are cut off from their families and friends for long stretches of time.
Anuradha has visited these terrains many times. She has given many talks throughout India to bring the stories of their bravery alive and to bridge the gap between soldiers and civilians. Her TED talks have been hugely popular.
Lakshya Foundation runs several initiatives to help the soldiers and their families.
Anuradha said: “Every year we conduct various events to spread awareness about the wars fought by India to defend its sovereignty. Through these events we are able to shed some light on the life of our soldiers and also express gratitude towards them and their families.” ‘Every Soldier One Lamp’ and ‘Valentine My Soldier’ are reported to be hugely popular events which touch the lives of soldiers, their parents and families.
The well attended event encouraged many to donate and Amchi Mumbai, Manchester’s popular Indian restaurant, sponsored and hosted lunch for Anuradha and her team.
Sandeep Gursahani, partner at Amchi Mumbai said: “It was an unique event and honour to participate in the event. It was very touching to hear the narration and live experiences of Anuradha and the selfless service she offers is beyond comparison.”
More information can be found at http://www.lakshyafoundation.co.in