I was aware of Kanishka's deteriorating health and Nibedita's struggle when she was simultaneously working towards her Ph.D at Tomas Bata University, Czech Republic. We had occasional mail exchanges since both of us left our previous work place where we first met. The interaction was brief but I have fond memories of many people there across the vertical and feel at home if I visit that place even after 10+ years .
There was no communication from Nibedita for some time and I was not aware that Kanishka was no more. In July, 2011 Nibedita was at the other end of a chat. She just read my blog post 'Rainbow Week' (Link). Thee quote of Arthur Ashe there in the section "A friend in need' gave her answer to thousand queries / doubts.
"Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"? To this Arthur Ashe replied: "The world over -- 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?' "
And Kanishka was strong believer of God. He used to be always smiling, energetic, positive, full of love and compassion. He wanted to be a doctor. He used to do things fast as he knew that his days were numbered. Due to his proficiency in Czech language in such an early age, he got citizenship there and participated in international functions (Link1, Link2). In fact, doctors were not only surprised, but used to be worried to see his enthusiasm!
Nibedita was always inquisitive about NSS (Link) or similar socially relevant work I could find myself in. She was convinced that she would do something relevant to the society at large. She took sometime to gather herself and in March 2012 successfully defended her PhD thesis (Link). In communicating the same, it was Kanishka's thought which she wanted to keep alive. I told Mother Nibedita to go through what was told to Sister Nibedita (Ms. Margaret Noble) (Link).
Nibedita did the entire ground work of this Kanishka Binayak Memorial Foundation by herself. She brought Mayo Clinic, USA, specialists from Hyderabad and local doctors in same platform to serve the people.
In Kanishka's old school she started a memorial prize. We wish that Nibedita's mission, a mother's wish will be fulfilled. The foundation will act as a vehicle to to serve people. Once Nibedita wrote stating how valuable are the of blessings and support "to go ahead , even though the path and way of my life is full of pain." Request all to bless and support our sister Nibedita, nay, Mother Nibedita in her endeavour. A Times of India report (Link) on Nibedita's effort is pasted below. And if you want listen to Nibedita directly here is what she speaks in the foundation opening (Link).
[Endnote: Got a phone call from Nibedita after this blog post. District Administration is helping them a lot. The trust which is now running from home is asked to select a suitable land from options available.]
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