In the latest list of Forbes Asia of "48 Heroes of Philanthropy," women of India have outperformed Indian men in philanthropy, as there are only four Indians, all women.
These philanthropic heroes are: Anu Aga (67, Director of Thermax;
Thermax donates 1 percent of its profits to charity), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (56, Chairman of Biocon; contributed 10 million dollars to Bangalore Cancer Center, donates 2 million dollars annually towards health insurance of villagers, committed 3 million dollars to Hyderabad Business School); Kiran Nadar (58, wife of HCL Technologies co-founder Shiv Nadar; opened an Art Museum), and Rohini Nilekani (50, Infosys investor; donated 40 million dollars over the years).
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged each Indian to take a vow of undertaking at least one charitable project during this year for less fortunate members of the community.
Quoting scriptures, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that charity was a duty, which should be undertaken with sympathy and modesty.
He advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in your life.