Ed­i­tor’s Note

Stardust (English) - - INTRODUCTION - Words SU­MITA CHAKRABORTY

Amongst the mi­lieu of peo­ple who love show­ing off their ex­ploits, this man stands out be­cause he is so dif­fer­ent. Ex­tremely ret­i­cent about his mag­nif­i­cent work, he is known to be ex­tremely unas­sum­ing and un­der­stated. And though he rubs shoul­ders with the rich ‘n’ pow­er­ful, he is ex­tremely grounded and hum­ble. In­deed, Dr Aneel Mu­rarka is one of the coun­try’s lead­ing in­dus­tri­al­ist but his claim to fame is not only re­stricted to his thriv­ing busi­ness – he is also one of the big­gest phi­lan­thropist and so­cial ac­tivist the coun­try has seen. Not a man to sit in an AC room and en­joy the mun­dane am­bi­ence, this man of ac­tion has tire­lessly gone on the field and worked for stu­dents, the un­der­priv­i­leged, phys­i­cally chal­lenged and the brave-hearts of In­dia. Ask him, why? And Dr Aneel says, “So­cial work is in my blood.” No won­der, he has walked the ex­tra mile to make In­dia a bet­ter place by mak­ing short non-profit films on nu­mer­ous so­cial causes in­clud­ing an amaz­ing take on the Swach­hBharatMis­sion - the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s pet project. In fact, Modi ji even tweeted his hearti­est sup­port for Dr Mu­rarka’s earnest en­deav­ours. A ver­sa­tile man don­ning many hats, Dr Aneel has also cel­e­brated the deeds of the brave and cham­pi­oned the un­der­priv­i­leged at his soul-stir­ring award cer­e­monies which has raised a toast to un­sung he­roes. His so­cial fo­rums have stirred agents of change and has made In­dia a bet­ter place. TeamS­tar­dust puts to­gether an in­sight­ful look at Dr Aneel Mu­rarka - his jour­ney, his so­cial ath­leti­cism, the pil­lars be­hind this rock­star, awards and ac­co­lades and his thoughts be­hind his ac­tions. Read on... and get in­spired!

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