Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha was the chief guest at the award ceremony.(Dr Batra’s)
Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha was the chief guest at the award ceremony.(Dr Batra’s)

Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards honours the indomitable spirit of exemplary citizens

Celebrating the triumph of the human spirit, Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards 2018 presented by Bajaj V recognized six heroes whose extraordinary courage in the face of adversity is a testament to the true Indian spirit.
By Promotional Feature, HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 10:46 AM IST

The prestigious Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards ceremony held in Mumbai recently recognized six people from across India for their commendable show of courage.

The awardees, referred to as the ‘Dr Batra’s Positive Health Heroes’, included individuals who have defied the odds and proved that ‘nothing is impossible’.

Among them were Kousalya Periyaswamy, an HIV-positive activist from Chennai and the first woman to disclose her status as an HIV-positive patient in India.

 

Then there was General Ian Cardozo from Delhi, who is a one-legged amputee and the first differently-abled Indian army officer to command a brigade.

Another awardee was Sabari Venkat, a visually impaired 15-year-old boy from Coimbatore who has given over 150 motivational speeches.

 

There was also Devieka Bhojwani, a breast cancer survivor works to raise funds for the cause.

 

There was Kiran Nayak, a differently-abled transgender activist from Bangalore who works for sexuality and disability rights.

 

And there was Vikram Agnihotri, who is the first Indian double-armed amputee to be given a driving licence.

Their stories not only struck an emotional chord with the jury, but also left members of the audience teary-eyed.

Incidentally, Vikram Agnihotri won Dr Batra’s People’s Choice Award with a total of 47,529 votes. The other nominees were Nidhi Chaphekar, a survivor in the Brussels bomb attack, and Virali Modi, who has been striving to make the railways wheelchair-friendly.

Dr Batra’s People’s Choice Award 2018 saw an overwhelming participation this time, with votes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram reaching 12.83 million, and views and impressions standing at 2.22 million and 24.94 million, respectively.

Encouragement from celebrities such as Shashi Tharoor, Dolly Bindra and Tara Deshpande brought in an additional reach of 7.22 million. The hashtag #NothingIsImpossible went viral on Twitter.

Currently in its 12th year, the Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards presented by Bajaj V has become a springboard for awardees to fulfill their ambitions. Over the years, others have also acknowledged the tremendous mental strength it takes to fight physical odds.

Past winners have gone on to win accolades both in India and abroad. Among them were Deepa Malik, Positive Health Hero 2012, who beat all odds and became the 1st Indian woman to bring home a Paralympics silver medal in 2016; Laxmi Agarwal, Positive Health Hero 2014, who walked the ramp at the London Fashion Week in 2016; Girish Gogia, Positive Health Hero 2011, who was awarded with the Karmaveer Chakra by the International Confederation of NGOs in 2015; Arunima Sinha, Positive Health Hero 2014, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015.

This year, the event was held at the Royal Opera House on November 27. With Shatrughan Sinha as the Chief Guest, the ceremony was graced by Madhoo Shah, Zayed Khan, Ali Asgar, Anu Malik, Shekhar Suman, Sumeet Sachdev, Ashwin Sanghi, Dolly Bindra and other eminent personalities.

Speaking on the occasion, Padma Shri recipient Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr Batra’s Group of Companies, said: “As a doctor for over 40 years, I have witnessed the struggles of people suffering due to disabilities. I believe survivors of these afflictions are a huge inspiration for other patients as well as the community at large.”

The jury comprised Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi, acclaimed filmmaker R. Balki, Dr. Mukesh Batra, actor Vivek Oberoi, and Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto.

Currently in its 12th year, the Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards has become a springboard for awardees to fulfil their ambitions. (Dr Batra’s)
Currently in its 12th year, the Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards has become a springboard for awardees to fulfil their ambitions. (Dr Batra’s)

“It is a privilege to be associated with Dr Batra’s Positive Health Awards. I am a firm believer in the science of homeopathy, and have witnessed its healing power personally. Dr. Mukesh Batra is a pioneer and visionary in the field of homeopathy, and has single-handedly taken homeopathy to millions of people across the globe. Thank you Dr Batra for giving us this opportunity to contribute through the wonderful platform that is the Positive Health Awards,” said Bajaj.

Dr Batra’s Foundation, the CSR arm of Dr Batra’s Group of Companies, has been making a profound difference to the lives of orphans, differently-abled children, and the elderly.

The foundation currently runs over 167 free clinics across the country. It also conducts CSR activities at a number of institutions, such as the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Shepherd Widow’s Home, Mercy Old Age Home, Happy Home, Sandhya Home for the Aged, Little Sisters of the Poor (Hyderabad and Chennai), Ek Prayaas, and Kartar Aasra Home. Further, it grants scholarships to underprivileged students who wish to pursue homeopathy.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Kavya Kompella, a fourth-grader from Bengaluru, shows off her bestselling debut novel, The Three Adventurers of Fungalore, that she wrote during lockdown.
Kavya Kompella, a fourth-grader from Bengaluru, shows off her bestselling debut novel, The Three Adventurers of Fungalore, that she wrote during lockdown.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way to unlock happiness

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:58 AM IST
  • Mondelez India’s Happiness Unlocked campaign shines the light on people who created inspiring stories of happiness despite the pandemic restrictions.
Close
Jaipuria Institute of Management has got the prestigious accreditation with graded autonomy by AICTE, a status which very few B-Schools in the country enjoy.(Jaipuria Institute of Management )
Jaipuria Institute of Management has got the prestigious accreditation with graded autonomy by AICTE, a status which very few B-Schools in the country enjoy.(Jaipuria Institute of Management )

This B-School has made the MBA degree future-proof

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:30 PM IST
In order to keep pace with the changing needs of the industry, Jaipuria Institute of Management has developed a unique industry mentorship program. As part of this, students take part in projects where they get a hands-on experience of the way businesses are run. Find out more here.
Close
The digital payments market in India was valued at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,638 trillion in FY 2019 and is expected to grow to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,323 trillion by FY 2024, which is a compounded annual growth rate of about 22 per cent, according to a recent report by KPMG.
The digital payments market in India was valued at 1,638 trillion in FY 2019 and is expected to grow to 4,323 trillion by FY 2024, which is a compounded annual growth rate of about 22 per cent, according to a recent report by KPMG.

Your search for a Credit Card ends at Finserv MARKETS!

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:11 PM IST
The portal allows you to view credit cards from different companies, compare and select the one that suits your needs.
Close
The F19 Pro+ 5G comes with a host of exciting features that OPPO plans to unveil at a music event on March 8 with Nucleya.(OPPO)
The F19 Pro+ 5G comes with a host of exciting features that OPPO plans to unveil at a music event on March 8 with Nucleya.(OPPO)

Flaunt your nights: OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G to revolutionize smartphone videography

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:27 PM IST
  • A perfect blend of industry-first innovations and superlative videography abilities
  • Smart, futuristic 5G capabilities along with faster charging, perfectly complementing your fast-paced lifestyle
Close
Lenovo’s smart classroom platform solutions offer a mixed bag of services to meet the needs of distance learning.(Lenovo)
Lenovo’s smart classroom platform solutions offer a mixed bag of services to meet the needs of distance learning.(Lenovo)

Enabling smart education for a smarter India

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:09 PM IST
Lenovo’s smart classroom platform is aimed at bridging India’s digital divide and leveraging technology to help create learning models which are engaging, adaptive, and scalable.
Close
Vedaant Saluja, as Tanmay, and Amit Vikram Pandey, as Akshay, in Season 2 of HT Neighbour's Kitchen.(HT Brand Studio)
Vedaant Saluja, as Tanmay, and Amit Vikram Pandey, as Akshay, in Season 2 of HT Neighbour's Kitchen.(HT Brand Studio)

Meet the home chef who is ready to cook up a storm!

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:59 AM IST
The second season of the much-acclaimed web series, HT Neighbour’s Kitchen, premiered on February 26. Watch Episode 1 now!
Close
The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel and Residences also supplied food regularly to those in need.
The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel and Residences also supplied food regularly to those in need.

HT Trailblazers Awards salutes our Covid Heroes

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:16 PM IST
  • Ambience Group, which went that extra mile to support migrant labour and healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic has partnered with Hindustan Times for HT Trailblazers Awards 2021 to honour this spirit of service before self.
Close
Mondelez India presents Happiness Unlocked
Mondelez India presents Happiness Unlocked

Unlocking Happiness, one story at a time

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:00 AM IST
Mondelez India presents Happiness Unlocked, a campaign that acknowledges people who created inspiring stories of happiness during the lockdown.
Close
Winners; HT Trailblazers awards
Winners; HT Trailblazers awards

Here are the winners of HT Trailblazers awards

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 06:28 PM IST
  • HT Trailblazers awards, presented by Ambience, is a token of gratitude to the great minds who did not let their spirit go down even in the darkest of times and emerged as an inspiration for society at large.
Close
 Happiness Unlocked
Happiness Unlocked

Finally, happiness is unlocked

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 10:23 PM IST
  • Mondelez India’s Happiness Unlocked campaign puts you in touch with the little joys of life.
Close
With the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G in his hand and an out-of-the-box thought in mind, Imtiaz Ali produced a heart-warming short film that will pave the way for other creators to follow suit.(OPPO)
With the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G in his hand and an out-of-the-box thought in mind, Imtiaz Ali produced a heart-warming short film that will pave the way for other creators to follow suit.(OPPO)

OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G a must-have for next-gen video creators, believes Imtiaz Ali

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 07:39 PM IST
Are you an up-and-coming content creator? Then there’s every reason for you to test the videography prowess of the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G, just like Imtiaz Ali did!
Close
The duo has gained success in utilizing their knowledge and skills to transform startups and online ventures and thus, position them well in this competitive world.
The duo has gained success in utilizing their knowledge and skills to transform startups and online ventures and thus, position them well in this competitive world.

Discover how Satyam and Vivek are leading the digital industry in India

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 06:56 PM IST
The two digital industry experts are empowering different businesses to grow their brand.
Close
Godrej L’Affaire is the perfect destination to experience the best of lifestyle,(Godrej)
Godrej L’Affaire is the perfect destination to experience the best of lifestyle,(Godrej)

Bring on the weekend with Godrej L’affaire- the coolest lifestyle affair!

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 04:03 PM IST
Feast your senses on Season 5 of Godrej L’Affaire, a fifteen-day lifestyle celebration with Bollywood gupshup, entertainment, blowout sales, and much more. It’s on from February 14 to February 28. And, you’re invited! #LiveItUp2021
Close
The upgraded E-Class sets benchmarks with Intelligent Drive (enhanced systems for connectivity, safety, and comfort) as well as its trendsetting interior design and efficient new engine technologies.
The upgraded E-Class sets benchmarks with Intelligent Drive (enhanced systems for connectivity, safety, and comfort) as well as its trendsetting interior design and efficient new engine technologies.

Reimagine intelligence with the ‘smart’ Mercedes-Benz E-Class

By HT Brand Studio
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has redefined mobility with the upgraded MMC, an amalgamation of luxury, driving comfort and smart connectivity.
Close
No need to ask others to disconnect because you have an important video call. Stream, make calls, download files and more, all at the same time.(Shutterstock)
No need to ask others to disconnect because you have an important video call. Stream, make calls, download files and more, all at the same time.(Shutterstock)

Airtel becomes the first Indian telecom to offer 1 GBPS Internet over Wi-Fi

By HT Brand Studio
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:35 PM IST
The telecom giant has not just launched a 1GBPS fiber connection as part of Airtel Xstream fiber, but also a router that can deliver this over Wi-Fi, while others are only able to do this via a LAN cable. The whole family can enjoy ultra-fast internet, no matter how speed-intensive the tasks are.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP