Mahendra Mehta, our founder, was a man who believed in the unlimited potential that lies within all human beings.
He dedicated his life to unravel this very potential in the poor and disabled.
In his memory we present the MG Mehta Human Spirit Award, each year on world disability day.
The award aims to honour the indomitable spirit of those disabled individuals who have shattered all limitations to achieve something beyond normal.
It is a platform for the disabled person to share their story and inspire!
Our awardee for the year 2017 was Ms. Deepa Malik.
Deepa Malik is an Indian athlete. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games and has won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Shot Put.
She was previously honored with the Arjuna award in 2012, at the age of 42 years. She has also been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2017. She has won 58 National and 18 International medals across all disciplines till date.
She has won accolades for her participation in various adventure sports. She is associated withHimalayan Motorsports Association (H.M.A.) and Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (F.M.S.C.I.).
She is a member of the working group in the formulation of the 12th five-year plan (2012–2017) on Sports and Physical Education as nominated by the Planning Commission,HRD Division on behalf of the Sports Ministry.
The event was graced by the esteemed presence of Ms. Poonam Mahajan. She presented the award to Ms. Deepa Malik. Ms. Poonam Mahajan is a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing Mumbai North-Central Constituency.
She is also the National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP. She has been described by many as dynamic, astute, passionate and hardworking.
Striking a sound balance between her role as a Member of Parliament and the President of BJYM, her work with NGOs and taking care of her family, she epitomises the progressive Indian woman of the 21st century.