23 September, 2020

A Town With A Vision

One man donated his eyes to his grandson and the entire town came to believe in the movement

A Town With A Vision
Much before Aishwarya Rai started persuading television viewers to pledge their eyes to the visually impaired, residents of Neemuch—a small town in western Madhya Pradesh—had made a commitment to donate their eyes. So far, at least three thousand men and women all over the country have been blessed with eyesight, thanks to the citizens of Neemuch. The town even boasts of an ultra-modern eye hospital with in-house facilities for corneal transplant.

It all began with Shyamukh Garg, a freedom fighter, Congress MLA and district Congress president who became the first eye donor in his district in 1975. After his death, his eyes were given to his grandson who had lost vision at birth. The young boy is now an engineer.

Ever since, members of the Garg family not only donated their eyes but also vowed to persuade others to follow their example. "We wanted others to be as happy as we were," says M.L. Garg, Shyamukh’s son. He persuaded friends and members of a local club to take up the campaign. Not that the job was easy. There were taboos to counter, including the belief...



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