In an interactive panel discussion last Saturday, Kuwait Ambassador to India Fahad Ahmad Al-Awadi said his country has always been in the forefront to ameliorate the lot of the poor and downtrodden across the world and that it will continue to move in the direction charted by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The Ambassador made this statement during a panel discussion titled ‘Inspiring to Inspire’, hosted by him and his spouse Tasneem Alabd Aljadir, at their residence in New Delhi, in association with the Indian NGO Gunjan Foundation. Besides the Ambassador, top luminaries like former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, former Comptroller of Accounts Vinod Rai, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Mittal and Sairee Chahal, founder and CEO of a website that empowers people in various ways were the panel members in the inspiring discussion.
Ambassador Awadi pledged Kuwait’s support to efforts carried out to educate the poor and empower the underprivileged across the world, while underlining that the Kuwaiti Government and people are also engaged in similar activities both inside and outside the country. “The United Nations recognized the efforts of Kuwait and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the global body honored him in 2014 as the ‘Humanitarian Leader’.”
Panelists spoke at length about the role ‘inspiration’ plays in the lives of people and how it is the responsibility of the successful to help those less privileged. They said that the toughest times call for desperate bouts of encouragement, support and inspiration, starting with looking for these things at home.
Chahal said, “A lot of inspiration can be found by going deep into yourself; it essentially starts at home. It is in your hands and you just have to challenge yourself and be a little bit more attentive.”
Stating that freedom of expression is essential and dissent is necessary in democracy, Justice Lodha stressed we must strengthen other’s opinion. “And once we do that collectively, it will strengthen the foundation of our democracy,” he pointed out in categorical reference to incidence that has marred a prime educational institution in New Delhi.
“I believe that each one of us is accountable for whatever we do and wherever we are,” said Rai. While Bharti added to that by sayaing, “We have to work much harder. It is the job of all those who are in a particular position and are successful, to provide for those who are not.”
He elaborated on the many foundations and organisations under his banner that are selflessly striving to provide for better facilities and infrastructure to many in yet to be fully developed parts of the country.
In his final remarks, Ambassador Al-Awadi told the gathering that Gunjan Foundation “deserves a great deal of appreciation and bouquets for the great services it has taken to help the underprivileged section of the society” under the leadership of its founding president Sushma Singhvi who has helped to educate hundreds of poor students to get proper education.
On her part, Singhvi thanked the Kuwait Embassy saying that it has always stood with the organization in its humanitarian efforts. She also thanked Tasneem Alabd Aljadir for her personal support and efforts to help organize the event.
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Special to The Times Kuwait