There have been many stories of Indian and Pakistani soldiers and people crossing the border by mistake, but not many would be as good as the one we witnessed yesterday. The story is indeed reminiscent of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. A five-year-old Pakistani girl was found at Natha Singh Wala Border Outpost area of under Abohar sector, Punjab. She was found around 10:30 am in the morning and was handed over to Pakistani Rangers at 2 PM after a meeting between BSF and Pakistani Rangers.
She being deaf and mute, BSF officials found it difficult to communicate with the girl. The Pakistan Rangers were informed who later sent out the alerts to the villages close to the border. Her Father Allah Ditta, who hails from Sadiq village in Kasur district, identified her. Her name is Livi Bibi. As a goodwill gesture with Pakistan, the girl was returned on humanitarian grounds after her father identified her, the DIG said to Indian Express reporter.
The Logical Indian appreciates Border Security Force for the gesture and for sending out a positive message. A message which has meaning for every one of us. Humanism could and should be the We hope this incident helps in bringing positivity among people across the border and build confidence between the two nations.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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