If we can successfully look beyond the over-hyped news that India’s media sell us (although it seems impossible while living in the era of social media), we will come across a plethora of such Indians who pose as the unsung heroes of India.
Heroes come from every walk of life, from impoverished backgrounds to those born will a silver spoon. We urge you to take pride while reading about 10 such less popular Indian personalities, who are the real unsung heroes of India.
1. Ajit Kumar Doval, IPS
The 1968 batch, Kerala Cadre’s IPS officer, deserves a huge acclamation for his numerous heroic acts for our nation. The James Bond of India had impersonated himself as a Pakistani spy and successfully gathered information from Khalistani militants before Operation Blue Star. He surely tops our list of unsung heroes of India.
From terminating numerous hijacks in India to going on a secret mission in Iraq to save the stranded Indians, his work for the nation is highly commendable.
2. Anandibai Joshi
Dr.Anandibai Joshi fought for her dreams of overcoming repression and the social stigma related to women’s education in 80s. Dr. Anandibai Joshi is one of those unsung heroes who have shown immense will power and courage in our patriarchal society- India.
To add a cherry on top of her achievements, she was the first woman doctor from India! We wish at least our history books to talk about her, but sadly that’s not the case.
3. Manmohan Singh
Our nation’s one of the most educated and rational Prime Ministers of all times, he was sometimes called “The Silent PM”.
He was the man who started a two-step devaluation program in collaboration with the RBI, which gave a major boost to India in the international trade market. From welcoming FDI to focusing on Industrialization, he was the man who saved the Indian economy in 1991.
4. Sindhutai Sapkal
Known as the Mother of orphans, Sindhutai Sapkal is a woman filled with extraordinary enthusiasm and passion. She is a “mother” to over 1400 orphans in Maharashtra, who has fought with a lot of hardships throughout her life.
Sapkal adopted those children abandoned by their parents and now has a huge family, some of whom have become doctors, engineers, and lawyers. Sindhutai Sapkal is truely the personification of, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”
5. Omkarnath Sharma
Walking around the streets of Delhi, 5 to 7 km per day, procuring non-prescription medicines, for the impoverished people, is what made this ordinary man, extraordinary.
Colloquially popular as the “Medicine Baba”, he gained a massive amount of inspiration upon seeing the needy suffering due to lack of medicines. He now runs a free medicine bank for the poor.
6. Sohaila Abdulali
Being brutally raped by a gang of four men, at the tender age of 17, she was left wounded and devastated. She is one of such extremely inspirational personalities, who not only overcame such a tragedy in her life but went on to pen two books.
The New York Times published her article “After Being Raped, I Was Wounded, My Honor Wasn’t”.
7. Subhasini Mistry
With no proper education background or financial security to losing her husband because of being unaffordable for treatment, she was the woman who took a vow to build a hospital for the destitute. Saving money over the years, she built the Humanity Hospital, in a village near Kolkata and went on to win accolades for her bravery.
8. Babar Ali
Earning the title of “Youngest Headmaster” in 2009, at the age of 16 by BBC, he has been running his school for the underprivileged children. A person, like him, who works selflessly for the needy without expecting anything in return, deserves applause.
9. Aruna Asaf Ali
One of the most fearless freedom fighters of India, she hoisted the flag of the Indian National Congress during the Quit India Movement in 1942. She’s not much talked about but was a prominent figure among the list of freedom fighters of our nation.
10. Master Da’ Surya Sen
The man behind the rise of several freedom fighters in Bengal is Surya Sen. He was also the main person behind the Chittagong Armoury Raid, where he captured the city and hoisted our national flag. He surely deserves a lot more recognition as one of the unsung heroes of India. It requires more than just a metro station being named after him in Kolkata.
The list would go on, only if we had an unlimited space to praise these inspirational unsung heroes of India.
To conclude in the words of Saleem Sharma –
“What’s the story of
The hidden daisies among the roses,
& the stars which break at the dawn,
Or the littered leaves after the storm.
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