Indo-US forum helps widows of martyrs in wars, border conflicts

Indo-US forum helps widows of martyrs in wars, border conflicts
Widows of victims of border disputes or wars involving India now have a helping hand. The US-India State Chamber of Commerce has donated funds for supporting such women.

On Monday, the Chamber donated $25,000 towards the India Development Fund under the Ministry of External Affairs to support widows of those who lost lives in border disputes.

Ashok Mago, a Padmashri and founder of the chamber, told DH that several other members of their chamber pooled in for the common cause to help women.

When the MEA told them that they could contribute money towards a cause of their choice, Mago chose this. Having seen the widows in financial and emotional crisis, his heart went out to them.

“In 1965, when Pakistan and India were fighting the war, I lived in an army camp and have seen bombs being dropped on many homes. They are left with almost nothing and have children to feed. It is important to lend them a helping hand,” he added.

Through the funds, they hope women would be provided skill development programmes and are educated to use the digital platform through distance education with co-ordination from colleges like Dallas Country Community Colleges. The funds are intended to help women become financially stable.

“The amount has been collected from several NRIs living in the USA. If the others who have made it to PBD can also donate, much can be done in India,” he added.

Bringing out the contrast between India and other countries, he said that the spirit of giving was missing here.

“In other countries, we see residents engage in acts like selling lemonade to help poor people in other parts of the world. This proactive spirit is missing among Indians. Many others who live abroad can easily donate substantially to the country’s progress,” he said.
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