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In Praise Of Swapna & Friends

For showing diplomats (and rabble-rousers) what real ­people-to-people contact can do to bring people closer

In Praise Of Swapna & Friends
In Praise Of Swapna & Friends
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2016-06-25T11:40:20+05:30

Swapna is short for Swapna Sawant—and her friends are Krishnand Kori, Mehul Bhelekar and Pravin Shinde. We salute them because it is their largeheartedness that might yet enable Mohammed Kamruzzaman, a Bangladeshi, to walk again. The four Mumbaikars, you see, are among the 400 or so Indians who have the rare ‘Bombay Blood Group’ and they ­donated four units of their precious fluid for a life-saving surgery that the 25-year-old, who was grievously injured in a road accident, has to undergo. What’s the big deal, you might ask; people routinely donate blood. Yes, they do, but this is a cross-­border donation that warms our cockles. Coming as it does amid hate-filled talk about migrants, it should show diplomats (and rabble-rousers) what real ­people-to-people contact can do to bring people closer.

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