Real-life ‘Phunsuk Wangdu’, psychiatrist Bharat Vatwani win Magsaysay awards
The man who inspired the character of Phunsuk Wangdu in Bollywood’s Three Idiots, released in 2009, has won the ramon Magsaysay award.
51-year-old sonam Wangchuk runs students’ educational and cultural Movement of ladakh. He is being recognised for “his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern india, thus improving the life opportunities of ladakhi youth, and his constructive engagement of all sectors in local society to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress, thus setting an example for minority peoples in the world,” reads the citation of the award. another indian, psychiatrist Bharat Vatwani, has also won the award. Vatwani is being recognised for “his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India’s mentally-afflicted destitute, and his steadfast and magnanimous dedication to the work of restoring and affirming the human dignity of even the most ostracised,” mentioned the award citation.