Sunday, 10 May 2015

Recognizing the volunteers


I am trying to collect some unique acts by common Swayamsevaks while serving in Nepal. Here is one.

Shyam Parande

Sugreeva- the Hero

Handling dead bodies is the last act that anyone would like to do. When there is a mound of dead bodies to be handled during the calamity, no one would like to touch. It was the same story for couple of days at the Teaching Hospital mortuary. Police personnel deployed there preferred to look the other way as the bodies arrived.

Yet, a young man stood constantly through the week after terrible earthquake, handling every dead body arriving, embalming as many as one can, packing them with sheets, helping the relatives of the dead to identify their near & dear who have died, or whatever came his way. Other volunteers were doing their turns, able to work for 2-3 hours at a go and then break while this person continued without break. The hospital Doctors and staff were so very impressed that they even offered to employ him which he simply declined.

The trauma of handling dead bodies is enormous and yet this young man never complained, no murmur, just performing his duty without expectation of name, fame, money, absolutely nothing. His dedication to the cause is unique, and makes him a “Karmayogee”. When a journalist inquired where he received the training in handling dead bodies or embalming them, he responded that he had never done this job earlier. This was the first time he performed this. He is an activist like many others and is presently a full timer for Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Bihar.

He might have handled close to 250 bodies in total within a week, a sort of records. This young man is Sugreeva, a hero in its real sense.

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