Pranay V. Patil: The youth icon that India deserves.

Politics is one of the most popular words in India. We all hear our parents discussing about their political ideologies and the party talks they have with their friends. But it is also one of the most controversial words these days . We are so prejudiced about the word itself that sometimes, we don’t even want to talk about it. And when it comes to talking about politicians, we just avoid it.But hey, politics is the part of a free and evolving society. In a democracy like India, it is the soul of the system that keeps the democratic spirit alive.

This politician’s story is unlike any other. He is a humanitarian, engineer and has been transforming rural Karnataka for a while now. He’s gradually becoming the most celebrated political youth icon today. This is Pranay Vivek Patil’s story.

Mr. Patil hails from Bangalore, the city which is an IT hub and known for the brilliant software companies all across the globe and the thought of being part a of that culture is really very enticing. It could have lured Mr. Patil to complete his IT course and join an MNC and looking at his brilliance, he could have made really big in the city. But instead, he chose to do a mechanical engineering course in Aachen, Germany which provided him with the exposure to life abroad and the everyday struggle of a human being. He always had an idea to do something good for the society and with this same intention, he did his majors in renewable energy.

Now that he was living in Germany, he was observing life around him and how a city anywhere in the world is largely dependent on technology. Although he was very fascinated by the growth that science and technology have shown but somewhere he saw that how people lack empathy for development which is resulting in the chaos that we see around ourselves in the form of global warming and pollution. He also noticed that there are many perks available to urban people that they do not even need. He imagined the life of people living in rural India where some of the villages still do not have access to the clean water and electricity. This unfair distribution of resources and technology prompted Pranay to get started with social work in India.

As soon as Pranay came back to India, he started living in a village “Raibag” where he observed the village life very closely and carefully. He also started to engage with the villagers and involved himself in their problems and started finding solutions to them. He found that this is something that really makes him happy from the inside and now he has really went ahead in his mission by heading 32 schools in Belgaum district under his organisation, “Mahakali Educational Society” which are running and providing education to the underprivileged section of the rural Indian society. He says that it is all because of the good deeds of his grandfather, V.L. Patil that he is able to pull off such a mission. His grandfather, V.L. Patil was a popular freedom fighter who dedicated his life to the well-being of the people and society.After his demise, Pranay started Abhaji Foundation to take his legacy forward. His father is an MLC in Karnataka. Pranay and his wife are also very dedicated to the social welfare and they keep organising medical camps, cataract surgery camps where they have successfully provided free surgery to over 300 people. Moreover, Pranay has been organising blood donation camps every year on his birthday.

Pranay tells us that he understands how important it is to raise voice for people who do not have access to media and he has been representing them on many occasions. Pranay alongside his wife also happen to be the members of Belgaum Zilla Panchayat and they have been consistently raising their voice against the problems faced by the Women and the farmers in the rural side. They have been helping them during every calamity and have been an integral  part of their society.

The story of Mr. Pranay Vivek Patil tells us a lot about ourselves. It tells us that how it is possible for all of us to bring a change in the society we live in .It encourages us to take a leap of faith for the greater good of humanity.We wish Mr. Patil all the best for his future projects.

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