Ak­shay’s dream comes true with Bharat Ke Veer

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

Ear­lier this month, Ak­shay Ku­mar launched a web­site, Bharat Ke Veer, with help from the gov­ern­ment. It aimed to help peo­ple do­nate money di­rectly to the fam­i­lies of mar­tyred armed forces per­son­nel. Now, re­ports show that within a few hours of 25 Cen­tral Re­serve Para­mil­i­tary Force (CRPF) sol­diers be­ing mar­tyred in a Nax­alite am­bush in Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Sukma district (on April 24), do­na­tions came in huge num­bers for the de­ceased sol­diers’ fam­i­lies. “It’s heart­warm­ing to see such a great re­sponse from peo­ple,” says an in­sider. Ap­par­ently, within 15 days of the launch of the web­site, over 4.5 lakh peo­ple vis­ited the por­tal. “It’s great that those who want to make a do­na­tion have a plat­form. In fact, it’s a one-of-its-kind sys­tem in the world,” says the in­sider.

Ak­shay be­came “ex­tremely emo­tional” see­ing the re­sponse. “It has been Ak­shay’s life-long dream to do what­ever he can for jawans. He saw this dream (of hav­ing a plat­form for peo­ple to make do­na­tions) about four months back and he feels en­thused to see such a warm re­sponse and his dream be­com­ing true,” says the in­sider.

Dur­ing the launch of the web­site, Ak­shay had said: “Ev­ery­body wants to con­nect to peo­ple in uni­form in their pain. It was a small dream. Our gov­ern­ment re­ally helped us. I want to thank ev­ery­body... My fa­ther (the late Hari Om Bhatia) was in the Army, and I’m here as his son.”

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

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