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Crucial To Take Everyone Together To Grow As A Nation: Lakshyaraj Mewar

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur believes that education is the key for a prosperous country

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One Health, One Planet, One Future: ‘It Is Crucial To Leave No One Behind In Order To Grow As A Nation,’ Says Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar
Highlights
  • Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar holds 4 Guinness World Records
  • Don't go through life, grow through life: Lakshyaraj Singh
  • 'It was heartening to see that during Covid people came to help others'

New Delhi: COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need of helping each other. It has re-established the philosophy of ‘One World’ by reminding that people across the world are all interconnected—and that their health and well-being are dependent on how they treat each other. NDTV spoke with Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Trustee, Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation, the 77th successor and a scion of the 1500-year-old House of Mewar on how to build a more inclusive, connected and caring world. He holds four records in the Guinness Book of World Records for most personal hygiene products donated in one hour, the largest collection of clothes for recycle/donation, the largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours, and most people potting plants simultaneously.

Also Read: COVID-19 Has Caused One Of The Biggest Increases In World Hunger, Malnutrition In Decades: United Nations

NDTV: Your commitment to social work is commendable, whether it is planting trees, helping the girl child, working with the indigenous communities and the vulnerable population. What inspires you?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: As I have been working on all these various projects, I came across a formula- GGGN formula which stands for Greatest Good, Greatest Number. So, the idea is that when you are doing something, it has to be for the greatest good and the entire thought process behind this is to make sure that it is for the greatest number. So that is what the aspiration is.

NDTV: During the COVID-19 pandemic, what challenges did you face?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: At that time, the whole experience of connectivity, being in touch with people, mindset, has been a complete eye-opener and one can say that one has been living there all their life but sometimes, the backyard, does amaze you, surprise you and throw different challenges at you. These challenges, I think are good and bad, both, but I think, coming out victorious at the end of it, seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, being able to help people in this process has been a great learning experience. Very happy to say that the help that came in for various projects during the pandemic was from across the country. Moreover, the fact that the faith that people had for the help being delivered to the right people, the end-user, was the greatest confidence booster and motivator in the entire process.

NDTV: On Banega Swasth India, Season 8, we are also going to be talking about ‘One Health, One Planet, One Future’ because at the end of the day, we are all connected. Do you think we need to look at the challenges of the world holistically?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: Absolutely, I think certain tiring situations and calamities have forced us to go beyond geographical boundaries, something that we have seen as a culture for thousands and thousands of years, now this is something that is going out and becoming a global phenomenon- that the entire universe is our family. We are leading by example on this. Not only in our country, but people in other countries as well are following this. We are not only talking about this, but at the end of the day, we are walking our talk which is very important and creating a dent where it is necessary. Putting that helping hand out there where it is actually making a difference.

NDTV: A very important focus of our campaign is leaving no one behind. How important is it to reach out to the marginalised communities?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: It is very important to reach out to those in need. Everyone must help as much as they can. This is not something that one can quantify, or rather one should even try to quantify. I am really happy to say that in Udaipur, the Rajasthan Police Force joined hands with me and helped in providing raw materials not only to humans but to also stray animals on the street. So, I’d like to thank them for coming out and help.

NDTV: You have taken the initiative towards protecting the environment besides tree plantation. Do you think, people’s well-being is also connected with the health of the environment?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: People who were locked up in their homes and did not have an opportunity to go out and buy a pot, to be able to nurture your own space, or to be able to look after certain things, think the connectivity back with mud and the nature, with your children or yourself was something that was a great awakening for the people. And now we know that moving forward, protecting the environment especially is going to be very important. And in this regard, the geographical location really does not matter. There might be something catastrophic going on somewhere far from me, that will have an impact on me as well. Eventually, we all have to understand that this is something we all have to take responsibility for.

NDTV: Royal family of Mewar has supported many cause and education is one. Over 150 years ago, your family started girls’ school. What are your thoughts on education for girls who are usually left behind when it comes to education?

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar: A lot of people in pre-independence India did not want their girls to go to school. The school for girls was started way back in 1864 to promote girls child education and tell people that is important to send girls to school. Education is absolutely very important for bringing the girl child on the forefront, making them a part of the society. Girls are supposed to be left inside the closed doors or not to be educated. I strongly beilieve that through education, our country will be able to grow more and 19th Century belonged to the UK, 20th Century to USA, the 21st Cebtur will belong to India.

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

World

24,06,78,961Cases
20,23,40,977Active
3,34,39,331Recovered
48,98,653Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.

India

3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
1,89,6946,152Active
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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