An incident happened with me very recently.
I read about ‘ThakThak’ gang sometime back but never thought I would become one of its victims yesterday (27th Aug’15). I want to spread this message for awareness and safety of everyone.
I work in Okhla Industrial Area Phase III and was returning from office in my car, Compact SUV. The incident happened on the main road in front of NSIC bus stop. This stop is some 100-200 m from the end of Modi Mills’s flyover when you head towards Kalkaji Mandir/Nehru Place.
I was driving my car and it was around 6:15PM when I joined the slow moving traffic heading towards Kalkaji Mandir/Nehru Place. As I was about to cross the NSIC bus stop, I noticed two persons walking and approaching my car from the co-driver’s side trying to cross the road. Just as I passed through, suddenly one of them started banging on the front left door and presented as if his foot came under my car. The other person soon followed and started banging rear left window. He claimed that I’ve driven over the first person’s foot and both demanded to open the window/door while continuously banging on the windows.
I panicked and pressed the button on my side to lower the co-driver window to hear them and to know what exactly happened. This was the biggest MISTAKE! Just then, another person (thought he was a passerby who came in support of the first person) started banging on the rear right door with full force. I was shocked and same time felt annoyed thinking that he might break the glass. I looked at the 3rd person for around 5-10 sec and said I didn’t do anything. I closed both the windows and started moving ahead wondering what just happened.
Moved another 50m when an auto-wallah came alongside and told that they took my mobile phone. I looked at the mobile holder hanging from the wind shield only to find that my phone was gone.
Beware friends as this is extremely professional gang. I stopped my car on the side and could not believe for a few minutes what happened and how they stole my phone in such a manner! It’s a huge loss for me but I’m still happy that worst could’ve happened. While driving, I usually place my wallet on my side or at the right end corner of the dashboard. Yesterday it was kept on the dashboard. Thankfully, I didn’t open the front right window otherwise the third person could have snatched it. My laptop bag was on the co-driver seat, the first person could have stolen that as well.
I want to convey to all my friends- avoid opening window/doors on road. Be cautious with road side/traffic signal vendors. Always keep location on (though it kills battery) so as to track your phone. I’ve successfully lodged an FIR in Kalkaji police station after waiting for five long hours. At least this saves you from any misuse of phone in future.
Drive safe…Be cautious on roads…Take care!
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.