The Pulwama terror attack has been the focal point of all discussions lately, and it is good to see the entire nation joining hands to stand against the perpetrators in its aftermath. Indians from all walks of life have stepped forward to lend a helping hand to the martyrs' families in any way they can.
The much-deserved attention, aid and prayers being sent their way is proof that India cannot and will not forget the supreme sacrifice that our soldiers and their families have made for the country and its safety.
Furthermore, we cannot disregard the sadness and grief that the Indians living outside the country are also sharing at this trying moment. Many NRIs have come forward on social media to express their sadness and anger against the terrorists, and their cowardly tactics to break India's spirit.
One such New York-based 26-year-old NRI Vivek Patel deserves a special mention, because not only did he take to social media to condemn the Pulwama attack, but he also raised donations of over 6 crore rupees for the martyred soldiers' kin.
A Stevens Institute of Technology graduate, Vivek is originally from Vadodara in Gujarat, who was aggrieved by the attack and the devastation it caused to the martyrs' families. He wished to help them in some way and decided to donate through Bharat Ke Veer. But when he realised the initiative does not accept international cards, and the website would even go down due to excessive traffic, he decided to try another alternative.View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Vivek Patel (@ivivekpatel) on Feb 17, 2019 at 7:22pm PST
Still high from his recent viewing of 'Uri', his passion to help drove him to start his own fundraiser on Facebook with a target of $5,00,000. However, as of today, he has managed to exceed the target and raised 858,924 USD within six days with the help of 22,456 people!
Vivek has also reached out to the Twitter handles of Bharat Ke Veer, Akshay Kumar, PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj, the Indian Army and others, to ensure that the collected funds can be handed over to the appropriate authority and disbursed to the martyrs' families following all the required protocols.February 16, 2019
He has even been in touch with Indian authorities in New York who are guiding Vivek with the best and the safest ways of transferring the funds.
Vivek's efforts are commendable and inspiring and we hope he manages to find a way to successfully send across the funds and help the martyred soldiers' families like he set out to.