Dr Monika Pant (Vice President, BJP, Delhi) and Dr Rashmi Malhotra – my two nieces – accepted the Award for me since I was away; and Dr Monika read out my speech.

Extract from my acceptance speech at the Daughter of Uttarakhand Award;

“I’m an Uttarakhandi. But born in Lucknow, medical education and practice in Kanpur and in the US and in Delhi. My only connect to Uttarakhand was summer vacations in Nainital during my schooldays.

Then came the Uttarkashi earthquake, 1991. I spent a few weeks there to oversee the relief work undertaken by Swami Rama. That brought me face to face with the plight of the people in my home-state living in the villages perched on steep mountains.

I then founded Family Welfare Foundation of India to bring some medical care to the doorsteps of the villagers. The Foundation’s USP was that it neither sought nor accepted any donation from any one – individual, institution or govt.

In 1999, we became one of the few NGOs from India to be accredited by the United Nations (UN). Till date, we remain the only NGO in the UN system that does not accept donations from any one.

I also did bit of work for the setting-up of Swami Rama medical college, now HIHT University, at Rishikesh. I was a Professor in the college and trained the faculty in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).

My work in Uttarakhand has been the best part of my life’s journey.”

26 April 2016

Dr. Sadhanakala

12 comments on "Daughter of Uttarakhand Award"

  • Ruby Bahl



    wow .. commendable indeed !! wish you all the best for all your future mission .. best regards

  • Meena Yadav


  • Ramakrishnan Harihara Iyer

    Hearty congrats on the well deserved recognition!!!!

  • Rammurti Nanda

    Well done Dr. Sadhana Kala ji.
    You are doing your duty by paying back to society, ad your personal contribution.
    All the very best n enjoy more n more while doing social uplifting programmes.

  • Anita

    Congratulations mam.

  • CP Joshi

    Superb professional honour.

  • Nandkumar Jethani

    Best Wishes

  • Dr Ravi tripathi

    Great , salute

  • Vinita

    Congratulaions sadhana ji

  • Vinita

    Congratulaions sadhana ji

  • Madhumita Bhattacharjee Nayyar

    Many congratulations Ma’am

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