Bipin Ganatra: Kolkata’s voluntary fireman receives Padma Shri
Bipin Ganatra, 59, is a cardiac patient but ignores medical advice to rush anywhere in Kolkata to join fire brigade personnel to douse any fire that breaks out at any hour of the day or night. He keeps awake till 2:30-3:00 AM just to scan local TV news channels for any fire. Over the past four decades, bespectacled frail Ganatra has fought more than 100 fires along with fire brigade personnel and saved several lives. His relentless spirit to plunge in firefights earned him a Padma Shri this year.