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Revamping the city through his philanthropic cause

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This week for our weekly edition of the Hyderabond, The Pioneer connects with an international philanthropist, Inder Chand Jain, who speaks to us about his prolonged alliance with the city of Hyderabad for the past several years.

SHIKHA DUGGAL

An international philanthropist, Inder Chand Jain is entirely spellbound in helping the needy with their interpersonal difficulties. It was this aspiration that gave him a chance to represent our country at the closing ceremony of the artificial fitment camp in Beirut! He promotes human rights, protects others, and supports needs, and to your surprise, the seventy-year-old healthy and competent man is also the honorary secretary of BMVSS at Hyderabad — the world’s largest organisation for the rehabilitation of lower limb handicapped.

To know his prolonged alliance with the city of Hyderabad for the past forty years, he opens our eyes, “I was born in a locality called Begum Bazar, now I live in Secunderabad. Coming from there to a new corner of the city was an assorted experience. I say “assorted” because I am pretty well known to the localities of be it Himayatnagar or Khairatabad. But when you go to the Hi-Tech region, you don’t feel like you’re in India, and I am not even exaggerating. Yet, what remains beautiful about the zonal area is the old city is still intact. Go to Abids, Sultan Bazaar — nothing has changed for the past sixty years. They continue to revive Nizami culture, barring a few unfortunate incidents of communal disharmony. Statistics show Indore as a neat city, but I beg to differ. There is as good as a city like Hyderabad.”

A prominent member of the society of a governing body, he continued, “The spirit of assessing people’s needs came from a specific person in my life — Mangala. She was working on humanitarian grounds for a really long time, all by herself. On a quite fine morning, my phone rang and it was her asking me for a tiny assistance. I immediately reached the location, realised this is the ultimate goal of my life as well. To work with individuals who can make a change in Hyderabad. After a few days, met another social worker named Dr. Mehta and I was willing to give him a donation. He strictly denied it! Instead, invited me over to King Koti Hospital. There was a space given to him to revamp for philanthropy purposes, were looking for the repairing expenditures. He handed it over to me. It was the year 2003, there was no looking back since then. I was solving problems, organisation support, making recommendations, and whatnot. He made me devotional to philanthropy.”

Continuing his humanitarian services in Hyderabad, he further said, “I never felt a shortage of funds from the citizens of Telangana. Our project never stopped for a day! None of the locals denied any financial assistance to me. I am synonymous with genuine and good causes only (he laughed). And then, Dr. Mehta advised me never to stop working on a humanitarian project for the sake of money!” But he begs to differ on something else. The topic of the number of social workers willing to join them seriously in Hyderabad — is it authentic or are they bound to ghost? He explained the scenario with some deep insights, “When people observe what’s happening on ground level, it registers them to help. Extremely few and exceptional cases have been there where they were associated with us for a long term. Otherwise, the bitter truth is, people are very quick to show their sympathies in the city but never really want to get down and dirty. I feel lucky, my family supports me so much that single-handedly I am able to devote time to two associations and patients are aware of us in Hyderabad. They know, there are some like-minded people who will certainly help us!”

He’s impacting society very positively and, “We have never beseeched for donations in Hyderabad, it gradually comes. We didn’t go about campaigning about the trusts seriously across the state! Probably this was the virtue of our trust that I was able to organise a camp in Lebanon. I was supervising the whole camp for almost ten days in Beirut. There were no common grounds for us to share, still, I could make out from their facial expressions that they had immense respect for our country. A campaign that was started by Sushma Swaraj was being continued, I was a part of it in a foreign country. Couldn’t have been happier! A trust like Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti is very crucial in Beirut, there were war victims there and they suffer from bomb shellings. Many people are suffering from disabilities there. Unfortunately, most of them are aged. They are using prosthetics at the moment but made of silicon, and as you all know silicon isn’t good for the skin. I spread awareness and made them believe, they wouldn’t have to pay to survive anymore. The feelings on their faces were unimaginable. Finally, I love my locality Karkhana. Wouldn’t want to shift to the other corner of the city ever in spite of so much progress. People usually offer me to live in Gachibowli, it’s just not happening.”

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