Dr. Birubala Rabha of Assam, Felicitated with ONE India Award 2016
Mumbai, November 2016
Dr. Birubala Rabha of Assam, the renowned incessant and untiring crusader against “Witch hunting” was today felicitated with ONE India Award 2016. Instituted by My home India, in a solemn ceremony held at 5pm at Savarkar Sabha Gruha Shivaji park Mumbai, at the hands of the well known social worker of Maharashtra Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal. The award consist of a memento, a maan padya ( Poetic citation), a documentary on her own life and a cheque of Rs.1 lakh.
Dr. Birubala Rabha who herself was once branded as witch has not only rescued many innocent victim women branded as witches from social exclusion, persecution and even the claws of death, but also has builtup an organisation for their rehabilitation.
The award ceremony began with lighting of lamp by the dignitaries on the stage. Mr. Sunil Deodhar, the founder of My Home India, in his introductory address threw light on the mission and vision of My Home India, the O.N.E India award and life and works of Ms. Birubala Rabha. Dr. Harish Shetty, The president of My home India was in the Chair.
Mr. Mohit Kamboj the vice president of My Home India also spoke on the Occasion .
Dr. Birubala Rabha, replying to the felicitation in Assamese, thanked My Home India for honoring her. Her speech in Assamese was translated in English by Shri Nityabir Das, who was instrumental in bring into lime light the great fight, sacrifice and the suffering of Dr. Rabha besides extending all help to her in her Mission. He was also felicitated on this occasion. The Maan padya composed by Shri Om Prakash Tiwari the bureau chief of Dainik Jagran Mumbai was sung by Shri Nanu Gurjar. Shri Sunil Deodhar ji proposed vote of thank at the end. The whole ceremony was anchored by Shri Parag Nerurkar. The award ceremony came to a closed with singing of The National Anthem.
Documentaries on North East India, Budhiya and the Sapno Se Apno Tak project of My Home India were also screened on the occasion besides the enchanting performance of folk arts of North East Including Bihu by Gagana Assamese People’s Association, Mira Road.
Padmashri Mukhim receives O.N.E. India award
Mumbai, 29th December 2014
O.N.E. India award – 2014 was conferred upon ‘PadmaShri’ Ms. Patricia Mukhim for her insurmountable contributions to various national causes on 29 December 2014, at Veer Savarkar Sabhagruha, Mumbai by Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs. Shri Ashish Shelar, MLA and President, Mumbai BJP was the Guest of Honour. Program was presided over by Dr. Mohammed Majeed, CMD of Sami Sabinsa group, Bengaluru. ‘My Home India’ gives the O.N.E. India award every year to an outstanding achiever who has worked on sensitizing rest of India about North eastern states & to further bolster nationalistic feeling all across North eastern states. O.N.E. stands for ‘Our North East’. Hence “O.N.E. India” symbolizes twin meaning that “We all Indians are ONE” and that North East region and its people are our own with the words “Our North East”. Award carries cash prize of INR One Lakh Rupees (INR 1,00,000) and a memento.
‘PadmaShri’ Ms. Patricia Mukhim, popularly known as ‘Kong Pat’, is an eminent journalist, educationist & social activist. She is currently editor of ‘The Shilong Times’, Meghalaya’s oldest English daily and a columnist with various regional & national dailies such as ‘The Telegraph’, ‘Eastern Panorama’ and ‘The Statesman’. Ms. Mukhim is a member of the National Security Advisory Board, member of board of ‘Indian Institute of Mass Communication’ & founding member of ‘Shilong We Care’, an organization that campaigned vigorously against militancy in Meghalaya.
She campaigned actively and relentlessly against evils of militancy and its spin-offs such as extortion and violence, through her forthright columns. Her fierce, brave and righteous articles were crucial in bringing out truth about insurgency and how people from outside the state were targeted by insurgents for their individual gains.
‘My Home India’, founded by veteran activist Shri Sunil Deodhar is an NGO working on spreading the message of national unity across country with focus on North East states of India. On this occasion Sunilji welcomed & introduced all dignitaries & other prominent persons to the function. He spoke about journey of My Home India through various initiatives over last 9 years and its helpline for north east people which has helped hundreds of people. It has active helpline in 40 cities year when we complete 10 years, we will spread work for North east in 100 cities in country. He lauded particia fierce and righteous articles spreading nationalistic feeling during difficult and dangerous times of insurgency
Patricia Mukhimji thanked My Home India for recognizing her work for North East and people from rest of country for their work done for North East India. She emphasized everyone including media to sensitize rest of country for North East and to feel for their problems and sorrows. She thanked for her felicitation in an unknown region and how it might spread awareness about North East.
Shri Ashish Shelarji mentioned how well My Home India has contributed for North east in a very short period. He talked about focus of current Prime minister on North East and how a separate ministry has been setup for focused development of this region. He talked about achievements of Patriciaji & being rare combinations of journalist, activist and educationist.
Dr. Muhammed Majeed spoke about Ayurveda and its old history and richness of thousands of years like Sanskrit and our culture. He introduced how Sami labs harnesses research for bringing benefits of Ayurveda to the world. He talked at length about potential of North east and potential of contribution to business of medicinal farming and how My Home India is taking companies like Sami labs to North East so that it reaches its fullest potential in this field
Shri Kiren Rijiju introduced how difficult it is to voice expression against insurgency etc. and appreciated Patricia Mukhimji for her tireless and righteous journalism. It is a region of difficult terrains and difficult circumstances as well. How spoke about upcoming policies for developing tourism in North East India and other development projects. He also recalled efforts of My Home India since last 9 years in this area. He told about many upcoming policies such as recruiting 0% policemen both male and female in each state, issuing advisory by home ministry to each state on providing helpline kind of services to people from North east living in rest of India, including all separatists in mainline and initiating dialogue with them. He also talked about potential of north east. Arunachal Pradesh has 35% of Hydro electrical potential of country and it also has endless potential for oil and gas. He talked about even proposed amendments in law for preventing racism.
Notes to editor
For her immense contributions to cause of Meghalaya state and several other fields, Ms. Mukhim was awarded ‘Padma Shri’ by the President of India in year 2000, ‘Chameli Devi Jain Award’ for being outstanding woman media person in 1996, ‘Excellence in journalism award’ in February 2008, UN Brahma, Soldier of Humanity Award in May 2008, ‘Shiva Prasad Barooah’ National Award for Journalism in 2009 & 2nd North East Excellence Award in Jan’11