Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022
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In Praise Of Swapna & Friends

For showing diplomats (and rabble-rousers) what real ­people-to-people contact can do to bring people closer

Swapna is short for Swapna Sawant—and her friends are Krishnand Kori, Mehul Bhelekar and Pravin Shinde. We salute them because it is their largeheartedness that might yet enable Mohammed Kamruzzaman, a Bangladeshi, to walk again. The four Mumbaikars, you see, are among the 400 or so Indians who have the rare ‘Bombay Blood Group’ and they ­donated four units of their precious fluid for a life-saving surgery that the 25-year-old, who was grievously injured in a road accident, has to undergo. What’s the big deal, you might ask; people routinely donate blood. Yes, they do, but this is a cross-­border donation that warms our cockles. Coming as it does amid hate-filled talk about migrants, it should show diplomats (and rabble-rousers) what real ­people-to-people contact can do to bring people closer.

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