I wanted to share this short correspondence with a most wonderful man. His name is (Retd) Major B.G. Padbidri and he wrote to me enclosing a cheque of Rs. 50,000, which he wanted Sanctuary to disburse to the three persons mentioned below, who received wildlife awards from us in 2009.
I have requested Mrs. Madhu Bhatnagar of Sri Ram School, New Delhi to visit Major Padbidri, together with a couple of children who are part of Kids for Tigers immediately. The Major never gave me a phone number, so I could not even call him to make an appointment. For him Rs. 50,000 probably represents a significant amount of his pension. He is just one of those who feels that wildlife and nature conservation is the only worthwhile thing left in the world to support.
The reason I want our kids to meet him is 1. To let him know we appreciate his gesture greatly and 2. To assess what we could do to further his mission and to be inspired by him.
These are the ordinary people on whom a nation's real dreams are dependent. And our kids can only be inspired by them.
LETTER FROM MAJOR B.G. PADBIDRI
To: Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia
145, Pragati Ind. Estate,
N.M. Joshi Marg,
Mumbai 400 011
Reference Sanctuary's Wildlife Service Awards
The awards bestowed on grassroot but devoted and dedicated genuine workers is indeed most praiseworthy.
I would like to extend my humble support to some of them, though your organisation. Please accept and oblige.
1. Rs. 10,000 -- N.P. Bagrao,
2. Rs. 5,000 -- P.S. Marak for Anti-Mining Forum
3. Rs. 10,000 -- A Zambre for his studies and to encourage him to do Research.
4. Rs. 25,000 -- To be spent by Sanctuary at its discretion
TOTAL RUPEES FIFTY THOUSAND ONLY
Retired Major B./G. Padbidri
120, Mandakini Enclave,
New Delhi 110 019.