Dr Mitu Khurana felicitated with prestigious ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar’
Dr Mitu Khurana was felicitated with the prestigious ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar’ for her commendable work in the field of social service in New Delhi on 22nd March, 2015 at the exclusive awards function which is a part of “iCONGO’s REX Conclave, being organised on 21st, 22nd & 23rd March 2015.
REX is Latin for KING and REX CONCLiVE is the king of thought leadership and grassroots wisdom forums (with an eclectic mix of “ROCKSTAR SPEAKERS”, cause related culturetainment performances, short film screenings & awards). At REX we encourage ideas to encourage proactive action to change our world. REX CONCLiVE is the scaled up new avatar of the RIGHT every WRONG conclave, which was the first wisdom and culturetainment forum that was pivotal for pioneering huge thought leadership for addressing various social issues ranging from Education to Healthcare & Poverty to Marginalization, Climate Change, Corruption, Electoral Reforms, CSR, Communalism, MDGs and Constitutional rights & duties awareness.
REX CONCLiVE focuses on the following 3 pillars of REX:
1. Right every Wrong action
2. Empowering & Entertaining Ideas
3. Xocial Innovation & Entrepreneurs
The common thread the speakers need to stitch in is how the idea can make a difference for the people and the planet.
The iCONGO promoted KARMAVEER PURASKAAR (KVP) are the Global Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by the people sector & civil society with various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. Be the change you want to see in this world is what every KARMAVEER inherently believes and practices.
The awards are given every year on the 26th day of November, our National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day, the day we adopted our constitutional pledge as a REPUBLIC and Indian Citizens in 1949. This year, they were given out on 22nd March, 2015 on the eve of the day our everyday hero and citizen freedom fighter, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, laid down his life for his motherland. It is the first award of its kind from India, and probably around the globe, that has been held every year for the past 8 years, at a very austere, simple and dignified program in New Delhi.
The KARMAVEER PURASKAAR awards ceremony has over the years become a “MELTING POT” where People from India & Global Citizens that comprise individuals ranging from princes and princesses to global bestselling authors, young politicians, statesmen, bureaucrats, ambassadors, actors, singers, captains of industry, media professionals, development workers, young adults, students, school children, homemakers, academicians, slum workers and others who come “TOGETHER as ONE to RIGHT every WRONG
The awards and the Chakra recognize and applaud the social commitment of concerned individuals, who have proactively and voluntarily worked for bringing a positive transformation in the society and the world we live in. In today’s world where there is huge apathy & indifference, we feel a paramount need for being not just a good person but also a good citizen who exercises her/ his rights, duties & responsibilities as a concerned, just and humane citizen.
Mitu Khurana is a doctor, a trained pediatrician and a qualified hospital administrator. Throughout their childhood, Mitu and her sister were given all the opportunities to grow and flourish. However marriage exposed her to the stark reality of life of a female in India. She was exposed to the realities of daughter hatred, female foeticide, dowry harassment and domestic violence. When pregnant with twins, she was deceived into a sex determination test, followed by pressures to abort her twin daughters. Mitu left her Matrimonial Home and gave birth to her daughters. A doting mother, Mitu fought hard to give her lovely twin daughters their right to take birth and grow in a Just and enabling environment. She holds the distinction of being the first mother to file a court complainant under the PC&PNDT Act in India. Her struggle has not only encouraged other women to come forward and say no to female foeticide, but also continues to expose the extreme patriarchal attitude of the authorities faced by women who fight back abuse. Her dream is to start a Mass Movement –“Mothers against Sex Selection” (MASS) where mothers start refusing to kill their daughters just for being daughters.
We congratulate Dr Mitu Khurana for possessing the conviction and compassion to stand up, speak out and lead the change with her positive attitude! The management of iCONGO, which has selected her nomination after thorough due diligence based on the process created by the international HR audit firm MERCER and Grant Thornton, said that they were glad to have found a true champion of social justice and wish that more and more citizens gave their time, involvement and humane feelings towards addressing social justice issues and being the change and role models for other citizens to follow.