Muzammil-Ibrahim-was-honoured-for-saving-a-school-mate-from-drowning-in-a-pool-at-the-age-of-seven-Sixteen-years-later-saved-60-year-old-from-drowning-What-s-he-doing-now-Modelling-acting-and-awaiting-the-release-of-Will-You-Marry-Me
Muzammil-Ibrahim-was-honoured-for-saving-a-school-mate-from-drowning-in-a-pool-at-the-age-of-seven-Sixteen-years-later-saved-60-year-old-from-drowning-What-s-he-doing-now-Modelling-acting-and-awaiting-the-release-of-Will-You-Marry-Me

When India’s brave kids grow up

What motivates them? Where are they now? It’s Republic Day and Jeevan Prakash Sharma catches up with some past winners of the National Bravery Awards.
By Jeevan Prakash Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2012 01:58 PM IST

She fought men who would have raped her and was stabbed 17 times. She wants to be a police inspector and take on people committing crimes against women. He saved a school mate from drowning but got rewarded for it a year later because he faced a terrorist threat for wanting to go from Jammu and Kashmir to Delhi receive the award. Today, he’s a model and actor who has very little recollection of that eventful day.

Every year on Republic Day, all of India cheers as they parade proudly down Rajpath. Winners of the National Bravery Award are selected for exemplary acts of bravery. One wonders, however, what happens to them afterwards? Does life change or do things continue as normal?

About 19 years ago, he saved someone’s life, but all that model-turned-actor Muzamil Ibrahim remembers is the proud smile on his mother’s face and the admiration of his school buddies On September 24, 1992, when studying in Class 3 at the Tyndale Biscoe School in Srinagar, Ibrahim, then seven, was playing by the pool when a student pushed another playfully into the deep end. Though not a trained swimmer then, Ibrahim jumped in. “I somehow managed to keep him afloat and bring him to the edge of the pool before we both lost consciousness. When I opened my eyes, we were in hospital.”

Though his name was shortlisted for the National Bravery Awards in 1993, he could only get it a year later. “When terrorists came to know that someone from the Valley would visit Delhi to get the award, they came to my house and threatened my parents,” he says. It was the then state governor, KV Krishna Rao, who formally handed him the award a year later.

“Because of the threats, I had to stand with my back to the audience and not show my face for newspaper photographs,” Ibrahim recollects.
Years later, this model and actor, who has worked for labels like Armani, Cavalli and Hugo Boss, was involved in another rescue in Goa. He saved a 60-year-old woman from drowning, which got him the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Awards in 2009. For Ibrahim, however, “at the end of the day, the blessings (of the people rescued and their families) mean more than anything else”.

Insurmountable courage

Shambhavi Ray, now a 22-year-old graduate from George Washington University, Washington DC, will never forget July 29, 2001. Then a student of Apeejay, Noida, Ray was with her mother when three men on a bike snatched the older woman’s purse, dragging her a good 15 metres. Desperate, Ray hit one of the criminals so hard that all three fell with the bike. When they got up, she kept hitting them till they panicked and fled.

Winner of the Bravery Award in 2003, Ray says, “For someone just 13 years old, having lunch with the President of India and taking an elephant ride on Republic Day was a big high. It showed you a world beyond what you had seen. I have since gained so much confidence that when I applied for undergraduate studies in various universities in the US, I managed to qualify for most of them,” she says.

Vandana Yadav, a recipient of the Geeta Chopra National Bravery Awards in 2007, still bears the scars of an attack by three men. “I was at a farm, about one km from home, when the three men with daggers tried to molest me. When I resisted, they stabbed me but I kept fighting till the villagers gathered to catch them. By that time, I had received 17 stab wounds, lost a lot of blood and later spent two months in hospital,” she says. Today, the Indian Council for Child Welfare pays for her school education, uniform, conveyance etc. “Without government assistance, it was difficult for me to even think of school education. Now, I am in Class 12 and want to become a police inspector and book those who commit crimes against women,” says Yadav.

Life-long learning
For Antara Srivastava, daughter of star comedian Raju Srivastava, who got the Bravery Award in 2007 for foiling a robbery attempt at home and saving her mother’s life, the bravery award means more than just letters of appreciation and a cheque. “What I have achieved has encouraged me to be brave and confident. It has given me something which remains with me forever,” she says.

Subhash Kumar, a 2008 Bravery Award winner, is hailed by people in village Niwajpurwa in the outskirts of Lucknow as Jaanbaaz (brave). The boy who rescued his brothers and a physically challenged cousin from their burning home, feels the money they got was not what mattered. “The cheques worth Rs 45,000 and Rs 80,000 I got with the award were used up long ago. The bigger achievement was the honour and respect I got in a big city like in Delhi.”

Kumar, who wants to join the army, says he is filled with patriotic fervour whenever he looks at photographs of himself with the prime minster, president and other dignitaries.

Saumik Mishra of Lucknow, who won the Sanjay Chopra National Bravery Award in 2008 for taking on two criminals single-handedly, says the honour meant a lot to him. “First it motivated me to do good work for society and at the same time it had a message for other students to be inspired by the winners.”

The heroes of Facebook generation

We love our unity in diversity, freedom

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The HPSSC Medical Laboratory Technician Grade II examination for 162 posts was held on November 29, 2020.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The HPSSC Medical Laboratory Technician Grade II examination for 162 posts was held on November 29, 2020.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

HPSSC MLT Grade II Result declared for Post code 776 exam, final key out too

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:58 PM IST
  • Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC) on Wednesday, March 3 declared the result of written objective type screening test for recruitment of Medical Laboratory Technician (Grade-II)
Close
Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, UNICEF report said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been completely closed for almost a full year, UNICEF report said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Closure of 1.5mn schools impacted 247mn children in India: UNICEF study

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:59 PM IST
Closure of 1.5 million schools due to coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns in 2020 impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in India, a UNICEF report has found.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the steps taken in this year's Budget for the education sector through video conferencing in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the steps taken in this year's Budget for the education sector through video conferencing in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)

Need to work to overcome language barriers for allowing talent to flourish: PM

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 06:05 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said work needs to be done on a mission mode to overcome linguistic barriers in the education system so that the talent of those from rural areas and the poor is allowed to flourish.
Close
BPSC CDPO Recruitment 2021: BPSC has proposed to fill 55 vacancies of CDPO through this recruitment process.(HT File)
BPSC CDPO Recruitment 2021: BPSC has proposed to fill 55 vacancies of CDPO through this recruitment process.(HT File)

BPSC Recruitment 2021: 55 CDPO vacancies notified, check details

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilesh Mathur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:15 PM IST
  • Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has issued a notification (advt. no. 03/2021) for recruitment of Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) under Social Welfare Department.
Close
The court issued notice to Secretary of Ministry of Education seeking reply on the contempt petition filed by NGO Social Jurist and listed the matter for further hearing on March 17.(PTi File)
The court issued notice to Secretary of Ministry of Education seeking reply on the contempt petition filed by NGO Social Jurist and listed the matter for further hearing on March 17.(PTi File)

HC seeks reply on plea for contempt for not extending RTE beyond 14 years age

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:44 PM IST
The Delhi HC has sought response of Ministry of Education on a plea seeking contempt action against the authorities for not taking decision on extension of free education under the Right To Education Act to children of EWS even after attaining 14 years of age in the same school.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the steps taken in this year's Budget for the education sector through video conferencing in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the steps taken in this year's Budget for the education sector through video conferencing in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI )

Doors being opened for talented youth in several sectors: PM Modi

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:31 PM IST
Doors are being opened for talented youth in several sectors such as space, atomic energy and agriculture as limiting knowledge and research is a big injustice to the country's potential, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.
Close
IIT Kharagpur. (Mint file)
IIT Kharagpur. (Mint file)

IIT-KGP team develops technology to improve efficiency in fertiliser application

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:57 PM IST
Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a soil-mapping technology to bring efficiency in the use of fertilisers in farmland, a statement issued by the institute said.
Close
Naveen Patnaik’s cabinet in Odisha adopted a resolution urging the Centre to implement all the recommendations of MS Swaminathan Commission on MSP for all crops.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Naveen Patnaik’s cabinet in Odisha adopted a resolution urging the Centre to implement all the recommendations of MS Swaminathan Commission on MSP for all crops.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates hostels for ST/SC students

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:20 AM IST
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated hostels for scheduled tribe (ST) and scheduled caste (SC) students in the state.
Close
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has started the ‘Smart City Skill development project’, to impart skill training to 250 trainees every year.(ANI)
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has started the ‘Smart City Skill development project’, to impart skill training to 250 trainees every year.(ANI)

AAP govt merges 13 institutes to create Delhi Skills & Entrepreneurship varsity

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 10:11 AM IST
The Kejriwal dispensation merged 13 government institutes on Tuesday to create the Delhi Skills and Entrepreneurship University to boost higher and technical education.
Close
Many affiliated colleges of MU had complained that after completing admissions in January this year, most colleges had started regular lectures for the first year PG batches only by mid-January and conducting exams within six weeks would have been unfair to students.(HT file)
Many affiliated colleges of MU had complained that after completing admissions in January this year, most colleges had started regular lectures for the first year PG batches only by mid-January and conducting exams within six weeks would have been unfair to students.(HT file)

M Com, MA and MSc exams can now be conducted by March 30, says new MU circular

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 09:41 AM IST
  • Less than ten days after the University of Mumbai released a circular asking colleges to conduct exams for first year post graduate batches by March 10, the varsity released another circular postponing the deadline to March 30, giving colleges a breather.
Close
Delhi University students are trying to form a first-of-its-kind meme society at SGTB Khalsa College.
Delhi University students are trying to form a first-of-its-kind meme society at SGTB Khalsa College.

DU to get its first official #memesoc? Watch out meme lords!

By Aprajita Sharad, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:36 AM IST
Students of SGTB Khalsa have approached their college authorities to allow them to set-up an official meme society.
Close
Muslims have been the most educationally backward group in India. In comparison to their population, they have the lowest enrolment rates at elementary, high school and higher secondary school education, as well as higher education (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Muslims have been the most educationally backward group in India. In comparison to their population, they have the lowest enrolment rates at elementary, high school and higher secondary school education, as well as higher education (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Bihar govt admits dip in enrolment in schools; says decline in dropouts

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:14 PM IST
  • The Bihar government on Tuesday admitted in the state assembly that the enrolment of students in the government and government-aided schools had declined by 40 lakh in 2018-19 compared to 2014-15.
Close
Singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar performed as part of the virtual TEDx event held online recently.
Singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar performed as part of the virtual TEDx event held online recently.

Hansraj’s digital event rocks campus

By Aprajita Sharad, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Students of Hansraj College hosted a digital event recently, which had actors, sports personalities and even musicians as speakers, who spoke about their life journey.
Close
Puducherry governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.(ANI file)
Puducherry governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.(ANI file)

Puducherry LG visits govt school, partakes food served as part of noon meal

PTI, Puducherry
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Puducherry LG visits govt school, partakes food served as part of noon meal scheme
Close
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

WBPSC postpones various recruitment exams, check details here

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 06:11 PM IST
  • The recruitment examinations include the West Bengal Civil Service exam, West Bengal Audit, and Accounts Service exam, and West Bengal Civil Service main exam 2020.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP