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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Jaipur Foot patron D R Mehta to get Clairmont Lincoln Ahimsa award in US

                                 (In 1975, Mehta set up Bhagwan…)

D R Mehta, founder and chief patron of the organization that popularized the Jaipur Foot, will be conferred the Clairmont Lincoln Ahimsa Award for this year in California in United States on October 2.

The coveted award has been instituted by the American University Claremont Lincoln.
The award ceremony will be held at the Garrison Theatre in Claremont on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In 1975, Mehta set up the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a charitable organization based in Jaipur that provides artificial legs to the poor.

"Mehta has been chosen for the award for his contribution to humanity through the noble mission of helping the disabled by providing them the free prosthetic limbs.

The 'Jaipur Foot' has so far benefited 1.40 disabled in India and 27 other countries of the world," a BMVSS release said here today.

The award has been instituted by the university for propagating the non-violence, Gandhian philosophy, ethical leadership, interfaith understanding and for the sustainable social impact on the world, the release said quoting Laura Burgis, executive vice president for Institutional Advancement of the varsity.

Mehata, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and also the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Purskar and American Tech award.

Mehta would also deliver the keynote address at the three-day 3rd international Jain conference on 'Ethics in Business' to be held at the Claremont.

The Jaipur Foot is a household name among people who live in the world's many war zones. From Afghanistan to Angola, the below-the-knee limb is famous for transforming the lives of thousands of land mine amputees.

The beauty of the Jaipur Foot is its lightness and mobility - those who wear it can run, climb trees and pedal bicycles - and its low price, which is a fraction of the cost for similar prosthesis available internationally .

Source : The Economic Times , 29th Sep 2014

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