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Bend It Like… | The Social Warriors

SIDELIGHT: Tiwary follows the teachings of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, a social reformer and spiritual leader who also happens to be his grandfather.

Originally from Bihar but settled in Kolkata where his family runs a carrying and forwarding business, Mrityunjay Tiwari did not have charity and advocacy on his mind. But the sight of a blind farmer being turned away from the district hospital (it was Except that, over the years, his hospital has become much more than that. Not only is it now one of the largest hospitals in the east, with 350 beds and 24 eye surgeons, it has also helped create employment for girls and contributed to gender parity in society. "Until women gain equal rights, the community as a whole will never evolve," says Tiwari.

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