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TEDxBITSGoa - A.R.K.Pillai - Touching lives through simplicity

Empathy was a pivoting factor in inspiring Dr. A.R.K.Pillai to carve his niche in the field of humanitarian services. Dr. Pillai, fondly known as Ram, is the President of the Indian Development Foundation (IDF), a leading National Registered NGO based in Mumbai and gradually and successfully scattering its tentacles all over India. Despite leading a life hampered with the struggle against poverty at every bend, despite having not more than a few rupees in his pocket, he set out to Mumbai and secured a job in the Railways, and from there on his dedication and sincerity have only led him on a winning spree in the game of life. Dr. Pillai is the epitome of simplicity and humility. His left a highly lucrative job in order to help the neediest- leprosy infected patients. His 3 areas of focus are health, education and development. Living by the aphorism 'service to living beings is service to god' he continues to ascend the golden stairs of sacred service with renewed passion even at the tender age of 80. His calm disposition is endearing and his inscrutable charm only adds to his magnificent personality and commendable vigour. In this talk, Mr. Pillai gives a description of how he setup the IDF and helped millions of people in India. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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