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Karmaveer Puraskaar for Harshit's efforts in Himalayan villages

Jan 12, 2017

Karmaveer Puraskaar is given to individual citizens, and not organizations, for excellence in promoting social justice and action.

Dehradun: The Karmaveer Puraskaar is an award of recognition given to people who lead to bring about a change; the people who put their heart and soul into doing something for others- the real-life unsung heroes who believe that it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Instituted by iCONGO (a confederation of NGOs), the award is given to individual citizens, and not organizations, from various sectors for excellence in promoting social justice and action in their respective sector. Citizens are selected in the corporate, government, media, SME, students and other sectors for their contribution to social justice and action after a round of nomination.

On 26th November, 2016, Harshit Sahdev was felicitated with the prestigious award for his commendable work in the field of social service. The award is given on this date every year, which is our National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day. The 26th of November was when we adopted our Constitution in 1949.

As the founder of Tvam, an NGO that is working extensively for the development of remote Himalayan villages of Uttarakhand, Harshit launched a movement for the construction of motorized trolley, bridges and roads in the year 2014. The movement impacted 110 villages of Uttarakhand and his efforts were recognized by various people and media houses.

Being a life coach, he is also providing life skills training, life coaching, non-directive counselling services in schools, colleges and corporate houses. Not only has he influenced many lives to create a positive change in the world, but he has also initiated many training programs in different parts of India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Russia.

With his belief that health and relationships are the two most important aspects of life, Harshit has been involved in addressing social justice issues and being the change and role models for other citizens to follow.

Another interesting part of his expedition was his solo bicycle trip to Ladakh in June 2010 on the Manali - Ladakh road which is considered to be the highest motor road in the world. He was interviewed by Christoph Von Toggenburg from the Red Cross society for his award winning documentary, 'Algeria' for this. He has also represented India at various platforms including the ASEAN Disablity Forum – 2014 in Myanmar as a resource person and the One Asia Youth Council- 2015 in Mongolia as the only youth representative from India.

Currently TVAM is doing extensive work for organic manure cultivation and 3 - dimensional farming in Dehradun and also in the remote Himalayan villages. He is also serving VKJ projects private limited, a leading construction company of Uttarakhand to help them create systems to leverage emotional intelligence of their employees.

In his humble opinion, he believes in the simple acts to spread love, exchange respect, to serve the purpose of humanity and flourish many lives. One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say and acknowledging them.

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