For last three years, in the Rise For Good mailers, I have been writing and sharing some powerful stories of heroes who are making difference in their and in the lives of others. I have written about blind and hearing-impaired children doing well in academics, about young men and women battling adversity and rising above it to take care of themselves and their families and so on and so forth.
But, in all these years I never mentioned one person who made it all possible – Vineet Nayyar.
Yesterday, I was a silent listener when many of you spoke eloquently about his leadership and vision, his stoicism and calmness and his decisiveness. But what all of you don’t know is that ouside the courtroom and boardroom battles, he was quietly investing time, money and effort in trying to make a difference in as many lives as possible.
Vineet’s genuine desire for a better world and his passionate approach towards bringing change in the lives of people is truly inspiring for all of us. It’s because of his unstinting support and trust in my decisions, that I was able to take a ‘leap of faith’ and took big initiatives over the last few years. He always believed that philanthropy is a state of mind that drives action and one need compassion, empathy and intent to change that one life.
I personally feel that he has been a ground-breaking leader in social change. Its because of him that Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) works in the disability space in a range of activities and makes sure that we reach out to an equal number of girls as we do boys. Today we are among the leading organisations in skill development and all this was made possible because of his unqualified support and trust in me.
I would like to thank him for both giving me the opportunity to lead the Foundation and for believing in me and empowering me.
I am proud to have worked under your leadership. Thanks to your compassionate support we have put smiles on many faces.
Team TMF joins me in wishing you good health and a long life ahead.