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Become a social activist – A bucket list lived by Himadrish Suwan
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Become a social activist – A bucket list lived by Himadrish Suwan

This award winning bucket lister chose to put forward the causes of society before himself as a bucket list he wanted to work for. He is a social activist with a vision towards the awakening of more and more empowered youth in the country. He initiated campaigns for a cleaner India Mission E Safai & Swachhalay Delhi. His focus and dedication towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan led him to the opportunity of leading the campaign at the capital for Clean India.

Himadrish belongs to Ranchi. He was in the tenth standard. The express train Ranchi-Rajdhani connected the city with the national capital. However, the train was in a not-so-good condition. It had very old coaches and was the only Rajdhani in India which operated without the anti-collision proof LHB (Linkmen Hofmann Bush) coaches. Whenever he boarded the express train he would question the condition of the train. “Why is my state being discriminated ?” he wondered.

So, Himadrish decided to take up the matter into his own hands and filed an RTI application to question the railway authorities on the accountability in case of an accident. The Indian Railways swung into action once the RTI was filed and later changed 16 ICF coaches with LHB (Linkmen Hofmann Busch) coaches, which are made for super fast trains in India.

“This was the spark and thereafter my entry into social sphere began. This is my country and it is my responsibility to change it for the better.”

Accolades and Recognition

Himadrish is a Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam awardee. He was facilitated with the prestigious India’s Top 100 Young Leader’s Award 2017. The social activist is an Advisor to different National & International Organizations including Indian Bureau of Administrators and Technocrats; Chanakya Policy Foundation; Delhi Youth Forum; We Welfare Society and National Institute of Cleanliness Education and Research. He is popular in promoting People to People friendship with his unique idea of meeting and greeting different High Commissioners and Ambassadors in India. He is listed among India’s influential youth with a lot of Indian and International Awards honoring him for his work.

“I love to meet people, interact with them. I would say meeting new people each day is something that excites me, inspires me as there is so much to learn from each one of them.”

Looking back at my life, “what inspires you” have changed dramatically over time, and rather frequently too. “This is my country and it is my responsibility to change it for the better.”

“His biggest source of inspiration is the society itself. I am just an awakened citizen exercising my rights. Every person is born with a talent and the need is just to explore that inherit flair.”

The young humanitarian and social activist is attracted to the power corridor and is in pursuit of a career that allows him public interaction. Furthermore, he wants to become a professor for the cause. The role of a professor doesn’t just involve public interaction, but it encourages life-long learning. Managing social lives as well as inspiring young minds to be loyal to the nation without restraints.

“My family is everything. I am what I am because of them. My parents never discouraged me from what i did. They are always satisfied because I maintained a balance throughout between my academics and extra activities. Both are important.”

He explains, “Once you are satisfied with your goal, it is the real happiness.”

For aspiring bucket listers his message is as simple as it can get. “Everyone has a talent and so do you. Let it shine out, is all you have to do.”

Above all, this young social activist wants to remind the youth that with constitutional rights there are constitutional duties as well. Each and every individual has to perform their duties of citizenship in the country in order to pave the way for a bright India. A country may be backward, poor, or developing, however, everything depends on the citizens especially if a country is a democratic one. With 65% of the population under the age of 35, India is the youngest nation in the world and in success of the youth, lies the success of the nation.

“No other democratic nation has 600 million youth. The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth, under the earth and we have that.The youth should work to realize Dr. Kalam’s vision of a brighter and stronger India. People + Government = Good Governance,” says Himadrish

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