May 2019 \ News \ DIPLOMACY
Humanitarian work important element of India’s diplomacy

Humanitarian work is an important element of India’s diplomacy, although it is often overshadowed by its strategic and defence aspects, according to India’s Ambassador to the USA Mr Harsh Vardhan Shringla ...

By Arul Louis

Bangladesh Consul General Sadia Faizunnesa said that the Jaipur Foot organisation is changing the lives of underprivileged people in her country. India as a neighbour, she said, is also giving her country humanitarian help with the problem of Myanmar refugees.

Ambassador Shringla said that India had flown plane-loads of aid packages and other supplies for families of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh and was setting up a hospital for them. He recalled that after the end of the Sri Lanka conflict, India had sent teams to defuse and remove mines planted there and held camps for those who had lost their feet or legs to be fitted with Jaipur Foot prostheses.

The chairman of Jaipur Foot USA, Prem Bhandari said that 1.8 million people around the world have benefited from the prostheses programmes since 1975, and 73 camps have been held in 20 countries to help people regain their mobility.

During the year of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Jaipur Foot will be holding 12 international camps, he said. Five of them have already been held in Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar, Iraq and Malawi, and three are underway in Tanzania, Egypt and Senegal, he said.

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-great-grandson Paritosh Prasad said that there was no better way of demonstrating his lessons of compassion than the work of Jaipur Foot organisation. India’s Consul-General in New York Sandeep Chakraborty said that Jaipur Foot “was India’s only international brand” because it is geographically distributed so widely and it brings together diplomacy and philanthropy.

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