Every time you read Anand Mahindra’s name in a headline, it’s mostly for something good. He is one of the few people who make you believe that wealth doesn’t change a person, rather sometimes it makes one humble enough to do good for the world. Recently, a video went viral on social media which showed a man named Abid Khan, who was once a glorified boxer and now drives an auto to survive and make ends meet. He represented Punjab University back in the 80s, coached the boxing team for the army for 5 years and even studied at the Institute of Sports in Patiala back in the day.
Abid Khan spoke about how he discouraged his own kids to not join sports but he dreams of returning to coaching one day. The video sparked a whole debate on the treatment of sports in India and the insane gap between earnings of a selected few sports personalities and others. Nevertheless, this caught the eye of Mr. Anand Mahindra, who has very generously offered help and extended his kind nature in investing for Abid Khan.
Thank you Saurabh, for telling us Abid’s story. I especially appreciate his not looking for a handout. In any case I prefer investing in people’s talents & passion rather than offer charity. Please let me know how I can invest and support his ‘startup’ boxing academy… https://t.co/409LslAvHu
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 18, 2021
People have applauded and praised him for coming through, yet again.
Wish all so called philanthropists are like you to invest in humanity and humans to create institutions and not in existing institution
— Nidhi Verma निधि نيدهى (@Nidhi712) April 18, 2021
I really appreciate your idea of INVESTING in people’s talent Sir
It not only keeps their pride intact (essential for any talented person) …it also makes them feel great to be a working partner of a billionaire
— Dr Charuhas (@charuhasmujumd1) April 18, 2021
Appreciate your comments Sir, my next vehicle will be from Mahindra. Hope little portion of my purchase will reach talented sportsman like Abid.
— S.P.G (@SPG43782348) April 18, 2021
Totally agree and appreciate the idea of investing in talent and passion. Hope other billionaires follow you, and have their #GivingPledge spent on such sustainable ideas.
— Siva Jupudi (@welcomesiva) April 18, 2021
Boxing is a dying art in India, but when we have genius players like Abid who still keep the hope of playing alive in his heart and good Samaritans like Mr. Anand Mahindra, there is still hope for humanity to prevail. Here’s hoping that he gets to become a coach soon and ends up producing some great players for our country in the future.