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According to some,a single day in the year is not enough to honour women,since they are on their toes the rest of the year,catering to a family and excelling in a career.

Written by Shalini Rai |
March 5, 2009 12:18:06 am

Two women achievers will be honoured for their outstanding altruistic work for the less privileged sections of society on Women’s Day at the Basanto Utsav

According to some,a single day in the year is not enough to honour women,since they are on their toes the rest of the year,catering to a family and excelling in a career. However,to honour two outstanding women achievers,this Women’s Day,the Bangiya Sanskriti Sansad (BSS) will be organising the Basant Utsav on March 8 at the Empress Gardens.

“This year,the event will be graced by a guest performance by the eminent Maneesha Sathe. We will also be felicitating two women achievers,Sakina Bedi and Bharati Dasgupta,at the Basant Utsav 09,” says Sharmila Mazumdar,General Secretary,BSS. “Sakina Bedi is someone who has dedicated herself to the welfare of the blind and handicapped section of our society as well as focusing on complete health education strategy for a village. Whereas Bharati Dasgupta has adopted two wonderful grandchildren children,is the founder and managing trustee of Catalysts for Social Action (CSA),an NGO that works for welfare of destitute children with specific focus on adoption,” she adds.

Since July 1999,Bedi has been actively working as spokesperson for National Federation of the Blind in Maharashtra. She is responsible for the Jagriti School for Blind Girls located at Alandi Decvachi. “In 1994,Bedi was awarded the Neelam Kanga Award for her work with the blind. In the year 2000,she was bestowed with the Jidha Puraskar for being a handicapped woman entrepreneur and in 2007,she was awarded the Dynamic Achiever of the year award by Sunderji’s Institution,” informs Mazumdar.

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The other woman achiever Bharati Das Gupta is 66 years old and a grandmother of two adopted children. Post the arrival of her grandchildren,she,along with her daughter and son-in-law,started CSA in 2003. “CSA works with 22 government-registered adoption agencies and six orphanages/destitute homes,in rural Maharashtra and Orissa. CSA identifies agencies where children are available and directs prospective parents to those agencies so that rural children do not languish in orphanages,” adds Mazumdar.

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