Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi’s son got married on December 3, and made headlines for keeping a special stall to promote the cause of organ donation at his wedding venue.
According to NDTV, during an organ donation awareness campaign in 2016, Deputy CM Modi said,
Pledge your organs and live a second life by giving a gift of life to others through organ donation. This is the only way one can play second innings even after one’s death.
The goal was to motivate the guests, who came to the wedding, to donate their eyes and any other organ.
According to the Outlook, Personal Secretary of the Deputy CM, Shailendra Kumar Ojha, had said before the wedding,
A stall will be set up by an organisation 'Dadhichi Dehdaan Samiti' at the Bihar Veterinary College ground, where Modi's elder son Utkarsh will tie the knot.
The stall had pamphlets and banners to encourage guests at the wedding to make organ donations. The guests who wished to make donations in future were also provided with forms.
Another stall in the wedding aimed to inspire guests to not accept dowries during marriage, or perform child marriage.
The stalls were a huge success as they received more than 150 registrations for organ donation, and over 300 people took the oath to not accept dowries during marriage.
The wedding did not have the traditional ‘baraat’ songs, and instead anti-dowry songs were played. Rather than putting up the usual food stalls in wedding, Modi chose to offer tea and packets containing four Naivedya laddoos that had a ‘Swachh Bharat’ message. The guests were also requested that they dispose of the packets in the dustbin.
Modi has been consistently working towards awareness regarding organ donation, as it is an issue that many are unaware of in the state. This initiative to replace gifts with organ donation pledges can prove to be extremely useful for spreading awareness about the cause.