Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has announced that his charitable foundation will step in to provide complete financial aid to children of the 25 CRPF personnel who were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh.
The recent attack is one of the worst Maoist ambushes to have taken place in the past seven years. Gambhir, known for voicing strong political and social views on social media, wrote in a column for The Hindustan Times that he was moved to make the decision after seeing pictures of the young children of the martyrs.
He writes, “On Wednesday morning, I picked up newspapers and saw gut-wrenching pictures of the daughters of two CRPF men killed in the latest attacks. One was saluting her martyred father while in the other picture, the howling young woman was being consoled by her relative.”
Thus, through the Gautam Gambhir Foundation, he will be taking care of the complete educational expenses of the children of all the personnel who had been killed. He notes that his team has already started laying down the ground-work for the undertaking and that he will share further information with the public once the details are finalised.
Additionally, after being adjudged the “Man of the Match” during a recent IPL game, he said that he will donate the award money to the families of the CRPF jawans.
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This isn’t the first time this year that Gambhir has shown his altruistic spirit. In February, he helped cover the medical expenses for former boxer and Arjuna Award winner, Dingko Singh, who at that time was undergoing chemotherapy while battling a debilitating form of bile duct cancer.
Gambhir isn’t the only celebrity who has made the effort to help the families of martyrs in India. Recently the Indian government launched a website bharatkeveer.gov.in, which was conceived by actor Akshay Kumar, that allows people to make direct donations to families of martyrs of this country.