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Meet Ajay Dhama: Wind beneath Sonu Soods wings in handling migrant crisis during COVID-19

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama?

India hailed Bollywood actor Sonu Sood and officially termed him as the Migrant Messiah? of the country during COVID-19 crisis. But not many know the wind beneath the actors wings. Often referred to as the backbone of the actors relentless efforts to handle the countrys worst migrant crisis so far, Bollywood film producer Ajay Dhama and Sood go back a long way. Their association began when the duo became friends while pursuing engineering in Nagpur.

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Dhama, during COVID-19 crisis, has been taking care of the vast co-ordination, permissions required for interstate travel, distribution of food and water for the migrants and much more. He has even helped a few drivers of Bollywood actors to get back to their hometowns. Dhama, who distributed over 5000 masks to people and the residents of a few societies in Shastri Nagar in Mumbai’s Andheri area, has produced films including Trishna, Tutak Tutak Tutiya and Rockin’ Meera.

Excerpts of interaction with Ajay Dhama?

You have lent a helping hand to Sonu Sood in sending migrants to their respective homes across India. Tell us about your association with him and how did this initiative materialise?

Sonu has been a friend for many years now. We have known each other since our engineering days at YCCE (Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering) in Nagpur. We even collaborated for a film. The idea of the initiative came from Sonu. He understands the hardships of people who leave their homes for Mumbai in search of means to earn a livelihood. Many of his other friends then joined him in his mission to send migrants home. Initially, Sonu incurred the expenses and then gradually industry insiders and influential people chipped in and offered to volunteer.


How many migrants have you been able to send back to their homes so far?

I think approximately 32,000 migrants have been sent home. This is a shared feat of the people who came forward to help us. Also, a big thanks to Maharashtra government; it appreciated and supported our efforts.

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Sonu Sood and Ajay Dhama

Do you think it was a right decision to send migrants home amid the Coronavirus scare?

Considering the fact that COVID-19 brought with it an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, sending migrants home was the right decision. They had no means to earn a livelihood due to the lockdown and there was no way to know for how long it would’ve continued.

Did Sonu or you fear that either of you could be infected

Certainly, but we did follow all the safety measures. I did fear of getting infected. I think some fear is necessary to undertake caution. This disease has turned the panic mode on in the entire world, so, to be honest, I was scared, but I am lucky to have been able to contribute to Sonu’s initiative. 

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

Also Read: Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh

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Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh looks on while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination papers for party chief post

Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”

Former MLA and Congress leader Dr Ashish Deshmukh spoke about nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for party president post.

Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”

Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.

Also read: Lata Mangeshkar’s 93rd birthday anniversary: Life story of ‘nightingale’

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Nagpur citizens to revel The Raaas Garba next year!

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The Raaas (2018)

Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on. Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”

He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”

Also read: Mesmerising sunset hues at Ramtek’s Ambala Lake in Nagpur

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