Rediff salutes the Extraordinary Indians who are changing lives and making a difference.
They may not be rich, they may not be famous, but these are ordinary people whose deeds make them extraordinary. Let us celebrate their incredible lives.
. Extraordinary Indian: He travels the world in a wheelchair!
| A postman who saves lives! |
S Babu has been extending a healing hand to cancer victims and families who have lost their only earning member to cancer.
| The woman who conquered an acid attack|
Thirteen years after a barbaric acid attack on her face, Shirin Juwaley has pulled herself from the brink of trauma to help other victims like her.
| How an Indian doctor beat the scourge of leprosy |
Dr Vijaykumar Pannikar has battled leprosy worldwide for nearly 40 years and has won the 2009 International Gandhi Award for his work.
| The mountaineer changing lives in a hill village|
Malika Virdi, a well- known Indian mountaineer, left the city to live the life of local folks in a remote hill village and usher in change
| The teacher who became an icon|
Anand Kumar's Super 30 institute prepares poor kids for the Indian Institute of Technology entrance exam free of cost and has a 100% success rate.
|The dancing star who has no legs|
Kamlesh Patel has conquered physical disability to become a wonder dancer.
| The school dropout with a PhD|
After working as APJ Abdul Kalam's driver, V Kathiresan completed his education. Today he has written two books, and is a college lecturer.
|The do-gooder auto driver|
Sandeep Bacche gives free rides to the blind, donates money to an old age home and has raised funds for a sandwich vendor's surgery.
|'We're possibly the world's most corrupt society'|
Ravi Gulati left a corporate job and took to teaching children of drivers, barbers and maids, turning his home into a learning centre for the poor.
|He gave up a 5-star job to feed the mentally ill|
N Krishnan, has been feeding them thrice a day for the past 7 years.
|The pilot who is a fighter|
After an accident rendered MP Anil Kumar into a quadriplegic, the former fighter pilot has become an inspiration in the way he has picked up the threads of his life.
|The doctor who charges only Rs 2|
Not only is he a doctor and social worker, Dr R Koelhe has also taken the government to court for having failed in its duty to protect the Korku tribals of the region.
|The manager who does funerals for abandoned bodies|
For 24 years, S Sreedhar has been collecting unknown, unclaimed bodies and performing their last rites.
|The man who looks after prisoner's kids|
V Mani put his life's savings to start a home for the children of convicts.
|'If we don't do something for society, who will'|
After completing a degree from London University, Krishna Banerjee preferred social work to improve the situation of women.
|Do you know extraordinary Indians?|
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