October 4, 2012
7th Bajaj Discover presents Dr Batra's Positive Health Awards 2012, held at NCPA Mumbai
Bajaj Discover presents Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards 2012, an initiative to recognise and award the heroism of those who have displayed outstanding courage in the fight against disease and disability, were held at NCPA, Mumbai today. Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt, along with his wife Manyata, presented the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony that had over 1,000 people in attendance. It marked the 7th year of this initiative.
The winners of this year’s edition of the awards were selected by an eminent panel of jurists, comprising Members of Parliament Maneka Gandhi and Anu Aga; Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi; Filmmaker R. Balki; Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj; and Dr Mukesh Batra, Padma Shri Recipient, Founder & Chairman, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic. The awardees were Ms Malini Chib, Ms Divya Arora, Ms Zenia Malegamwala, Mr Vinod Rawat and Mr Manikandan Swamy who exemplified what it takes to transform humans into heroes.
In addition to a short biographic film on each awardee, attendees at the award function were treated to scintillating performances by dance guru Shiamak Davar’s troupe of specially-abled children. There was also a musical rendition by the students of The Happy Home and School for the Blind, with whom Dr Batra’s is associated for the last 41 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mukesh Batra, Padma Shri recipient said: “The Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards salutes people with unyielding grit and unflinching determination, who have beaten the odds to overcome seemingly irrecoverable conditions and give back something commendable to society in their own way. The heroes selected this year have demonstrated that very strength of the human spirit. The Positive Health Awards honor this spirit and re-affirm Dr Batra’s commitment to health and positivity.”
Reiterating his support to the cause, Mr Rajiv Bajaj said: “The stories of these awardees will undoubtedly inspire and spread hope to others in the country. Having been associated with this initiative and witnessing the remarkable stories of strength and recovery of the awardees, I have seen this event grow phenomenally.”
About the Awardees 2012
Malini Chib - Malini has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that makes body movement and speech extremely difficult. She is the CEO of ADAPT and Founder and Co-Chairperson of the ADAPT Rights Group. Malini holds two International Masters degrees in Women’s Studies and Library Sciences and Information Management. She is an activist, an academic, a lecturer, a writer and a researcher. ‘One Little Finger’ is the autobiography of Malini Chib – a woman who defied all odds to emerge victorious in spite of a crippling disability and an indifferent society.
Divya Arora - Divya was afflicted by cerebral palsy since birth. She couldn’t speak till her teens and had to undergo therapy for almost two years. Divya runs a production house. She has directed more than 25 plays since her first during her years at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. Today, Divya plays the lead role in her play – The Melody of Love. Divya can also speak in six languages – English, Hindi, French, Punjabi, Nepali and Bengali.
Zenia Malegamwala - Zenia has a congenital disorder called Arthrogryposis Congenita Multiplex Complex that affects muscular development and growth. Fighting all odds, Zenia took admission in ADAPT (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India), completed her 10th standard through N.I.O.S. (Delhi University), and passed MS-CIT, Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education, Mumbai. Zenia likes to surf the internet, listen to music, watch movies and dance. She is a dancer in Shiamak Davar’s VAF Group and performs stage shows across the country.
Vinod Rawat - Vinod lost his leg when he was just six years old as a truck ran over him while he was walking on the road. Rejections soon became a part and parcel of his daily life. Overcoming all difficulties, Vinod learnt cycling, mountain climbing, swimming, motor biking and driving. His first streak of formal success came with Roadies 2, where he was one of the top two finalists. He has also climbed the Himalayas, as high as 22,500 sq. ft. He raised funds to the tune of Rs. 15 lakh and undertook a unique bike expedition with a group of physically challenged riders, to Leh & Khardungla. With the help of 20 Jawans from the Indian Army, they build 6 houses in Leh for the victims of Cloud Burst in 2010.
Manikandan Swamy - Manikandan’s mother contracted jaundice when she was pregnant and as a result he was born with cerebral palsy. He has been confined to a wheelchair since birth. He completed his schooling from Society for the Education of Crippled and joined Shiamak Davar’s Victory Art Foundation to learn dancing. He started his own school, called Mani Dance School, and is training over 100 students today.
About Dr Batras’ Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd. (DBPHCPL)
Founded by Dr Mukesh Batra in 1982, Dr Batras’ Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd (DBPHCPL) is India’s Leading Homeopathic Healthcare Corporate. Dr Mukesh Batra set up a single clinic in Mumbai in 1982, which today has grown into a corporate chain of more than 97 homeopathic clinics across 39 cities in India and abroad. The Company has more than 275 doctors, including 40 MDs, Merit Holders, Gold Medallists, and Specialists in Trichology, Dermatology, General Medicine, Cardiology, Diabetology, and Paediatrics, who are hand-picked and personally trained by Dr Batra.
Dr Batra’s has provided individualized treatment and care to over 6 lakh patients across the globe, including 2.5 lakh hair patients, and 1 lakh skin patients. The areas of treatment at Dr Batra’s clinic cover chronic diseases like hair loss, alopecia areata, acne, psoriasis, eczema, white patches, other skin conditions, asthma, allergies, spondylosis, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and other lifestyle and stress-related disorders. DBPHCPL’s Cyber Clinic (www.drbatras.com) has been listed in the Limca Book of Records (Editions 2004 and 2005) for being the first Cyber Clinic to offer Online Consultation to more than 4.5 lakh patients every year from more than 87 countries around the world.
DBPHCPL is also the World’s First Homeopathic Healthcare Corporate to receive ISO 9001-2008 Certification. DBPHCPL launched the World’s First Tele-Homeopathy Clinic, which enables real-time multi-location connectivity between the patient, consulting doctor and in-house super-specialists.
About Dr Batra’s Positive Health Foundation
Dr Batra's Positive Health Foundation has been making a profound difference to the lives of orphans, handicapped children and the elderly. On the first Tuesday of each month, one clinic in each of the cities where Dr Batra’s is located, offers free consultation and medication to needy patients. Every employee at Dr Batra’s contributes 1% of his/her salary to the Foundation every month. One percent of the organisation’s net profit also goes to the same. The Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students who wish to pursue studies in Homeopathy. It conducts CSR activities in a number of institutions such as the Happy Home & School For The Blind, Mumbai, Shepherd Widow’s Home, Mumbai, Little Sisters of the Poor, Bengaluru, Mercy Old Age Home, Chennai, Anurag Services (Old Age Home), Hyderabad, Sandhya Home, Pune and People For Animals, New Delhi, to name a few. Every year, it honours individuals who are living medical miracles, having survived and recovered from seemingly irrecoverable conditions to lead remarkable lives.
About Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards
Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinics, the world’s leading chain of homeopathy clinics, instituted the Positive Health Awards 6 years ago in 2006. These awards salute the heroism of those who have fought serious physical setbacks to survive and contribute meaningfully to society. We also honour those medical professionals who selflessly serve society. These awards encourage others to believe in themselves and show to the world that nothing is impossible.