“Yesterday, around 2 am, after attending a Marriage reception ceremony in Dunlop area, I and my two friends Shubhradip and Aritra were returning to Garia to drop Shubhradip and then return back home. After hitting a pothole in BT Road we started hearing strange noises from the left side of the car, unsure of the problem we kept going as the area we were crossing was unsafe at night. Just when we were in the middle of the “Maa” flyover, the left Mudguard broke apart with loud noise and we figured out that the upper chunk of the tubeless tyre gave away, and we will be in serious trouble if we keep going.
Somehow we managed to drive the car at a very low pace with the risk of getting hit from behind on the blind corners of the flyover. Once we came down, much to our astonishment the spare tire did not have any air. We were stuck near east Calcutta township on EM BYPASS for the night we realized. We tried contacting all the car authorized dealers and discovered everything was closed at it was around 3 o’ clock. On the verge of giving up after asking many cab drivers that none of the tire or servicing shops will be open, one of us discovered a police booth. After approaching with our problem, one Police person took one of my friends at the backseat of his bike and asked us to follow, he went to a mechanics place beside the road, woke him up and requested to help us. That guy was not ready for this kind of problem and started asking very high amounts, the police personnel even helped us with that.
He said, and I quote ” Beshi kichu lagle ami diye dicchi, tui eder ke thik kore de, rat e osubidhey poreche” We stood there with pure awe while these things took place infront of our eyes , A police officer helping us firstly showing us the place where we could fix the tire, getting involved in the matter and making the mechanic understand the problem which includes bargaining after waking him up at midnight and making him fix that, not for once we heard any arrogance in his voice. A very polite helping-hand which rescued us at midnight. This is what Kolkata is known for. We felt safe even at 3 am where cars were speeding past an empty road near Patuli Township. He took care of us like we were known to him for years.
Officer Kamal Das and ASI Adhir Kr. Roy of Tiljala Police station, I salute you ! Kolkata Traffic police has real Gems in their organization. His Last words before he went on to attend another call on his walkie-talkie was ” Dada sob police kharap hoy na, Lok e onek kichu na jene amader ke aje baje kotha bole ” (“not every Police is Bad, people abuse us without knowing many important things” ) A request from my side to Kolkata Traffic Police section.
Kindly congratulate them from your end too. That will motivate more policemen. Their name and Police Station is mentioned above. (only we know how much he did for us last night) It’s service beyond self surely.”
If you too have an inspiring story to tell the world, send us your story at [email protected] OR WhatsApp Us at 8892 1200 30
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.