Moin Junnedi’s success story despite the odds that were stacked against him is the kind of inspirational story which will get your heart pumping fast and probably will wet your eyes too. 18-year-old Belgaum boy Moin is a champion swimmer. He has represented India on numerous occasions internationally and has won many laurels for the country.
What makes Moin’s feat very special? Born to Musthaq Junaidi and Kousar Banu, Moin suffers from a rare inborn disease that causes zero-bone calcium called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The disease has made Moin’s bones so soft that even the gentlest tap would cause fractures. Moin can neither stand nor can hold anything in his hands. Moin suffered from his first fracture when he was nine months old. At the tender age of two, he had 50 fractures. The doctors, India and abroad failed to diagnose the disease. Disheartened and broken, his parents stopped consulting doctors after spending lakhs of rupees. After every school refused to admit him to their school, her mother started home tutoring him. While Moin’s tender fingers cannot hold a pen but he can read. One day by chance he happened to meet an MLA at a function. the MLA was deeply moved by his impressing attitude and aptitude and he immediately gifted him a laptop. Now, Moin can now write using the laptop.
A meeting that would seal his destiny
Moin then met Umesh Kalghatgi, a swimming coach, at the Belgaum City Corporation pool. After spotting the potential in him, Umesh offered to train him. Initially reluctant, his family later accepted the proposal. Moin soon became a quality swimmer and can swim for more than an hour.It all went uphill from then on. Moin has participated in 1 International and 5 National Swimming Competitions for the Disabled and won 11 medals comprising 10 Gold and 1 Silver Medal. Moin has also been to South America and England representing India in various Paralympics events. The Karnataka government recently recognised his achievement by honouring him on the World Disability Day.
Moin – The Record Breaker
An ardent fan of cricket, Moin adores Mahendra Singh Dhoni and is a huge fan of Shah Rukh Khan. Junnedi has made it to the India book of records as the “youngest swimmer with Locomotive disability”. Apart from that, he has been awarded various awards from different organisations including many cash prizes & TV felicitations.
With physical disability and millions of obstacles in his path, Moin has led a normal life and inspired a lot of physically impaired people to pursue their goals. He wishes to win a gold medal for India in the upcoming Paralympic Games in 2016.
The Logical Indian applauds Moin for all what he has achieved and we wish him much more success in the future. We urge the government and the community to not overlook people because of the challenges they face physically, some overcome the challenges to achieving spectacular things just like Moin did.
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.