Real-life ‘Phun­suk Wangdu’, psy­chi­a­trist Bharat Vat­wani win Magsaysay awards

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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.

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