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Anshu Gupta

Updated : Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 10:00 PM

Reading success stories of great professionals stimulates motivational enzyme within us and we all wish to emulate them on our path of success.

Exactly with this aim MBA Rendezvous is presenting you series of motivational stories of successful Professionals who have carved a niche in their own way and have become icon of Management Fraternity.

Following above, read motivational story of Anshu Gupta

"Clothes do not make the man” is an old adage. It refers to the fact that man is not only all external physical appearance; it is what lies deep within a man, under the layers of his clothing, that truly makes him a human being.

The case with Anshu Gupta is quite literal – he founded the NGO Goonj in 1999 with sixty-seven clothes that he and his wife had collected. He, one December, while accompanying a scantily-clad Habib – a professional unclaimed body collector he met in Old Delhi, realised the right of every person to proper clothing. Since then, he and his NGO have been ensuring that the impoverished masses of the nation are given dignity by being clothed. Donations lend a sense of pride to the donor but they snatch away all the dignity from the recipient. Hence, Gupta sought to undo this gap.

With a Master’s degree in journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication and an undergraduate degree in journalism, Gupta has decided to give back to the society which nourished him. Thus, the various Goonj centres recruit young boys, girls and teachers who involve themselves in a myriad range of tasks – for example, discarded school bags are mended and provided to school children who cannot afford them, old clothes such as T-shirts and other waste cloth materials are made into warm and cosy baby-beds and so on. The entire Goonj family is committed to transforming garbage into gold.

Anshu Gupta, a figure with a low profile, became the centre of all sorts of media attention because of two reasons – one is, that he ensured a transformation in the culture of giving in our country and the second reason is that he received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award on the 31st of August, 2015.

The award was established in the fond memory of the president of Philippines – Ramon Magsaysay. He passed away in an air-crash in 1957. It is an award which celebrates “transformative leadership” in Asia – it felicitates those unique individuals who have brought about a revolution in the social culture of an Asian nation. The other individuals who received this award are – India’s Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Laos’ Kommaly Chanthavong, Philippines’ Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa and Myanmar’s Kyaw Thu. All of them are courageous individuals who have put their hearts and souls into the task of preserving the sanctity of human life and dignity.

Gupta’s remark on being asked about the effect of receiving the Magsaysay does not come as a surprise, given the humble and modest human being that he is - “We will just continue to do the kind of work that we are doing. I don’t think there will be any change in the way me or my team operates. People might start looking at us in a different way but that’s a separate thing.”

Though Goonj was born in Delhi, at the present moment it functions actively in around twenty-one states in the nation, performing a variety of tasks – such as providing relief during disasters, development and education of the backward communities and so on.

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