Bengaluru: The sacrifice of 85-year-old RSS worker Narayan Dabhadkar has caught the attention of the Bombay high court as well.   

While hearing a petition on the Maharashtra covid crisis, a bench observed, “People of the nation are saluting an octogenarian so that a middle-aged man could get his bed”.

The bench noted further, “What about this reflection on your (Maha Gov) healthcare system? Had we woken up earlier, both could have lived. Had we been a bit more vigilant we could have avoided this situation. It is our collective failure that has got us here”. 

A note on the sacrifice: 

An RSS worker - Narayan Dabhadkar from Nagpur – aged 85 sacrificed his own life to help a younger citizen get a bed. 

The daughter of the senior citizen in question got a bed for her father after a frantic search in Nagpur. 

After getting one, Narayan was rushed to the hospital. As the formalities were getting completed, Narayan saw a woman in her 40s pleading with the hospital authorities for a bed for her husband who was in a critical condition. 

Immediately, he sprang up and said, “I am 85 now, have lived my life, you should offer the bed to this man instead, his children need him.”  

Once he did this, he informed his daughter through his grandson-in-law. 

Later, he signed a consent form to relinquish the bed and returned home. 

He bravely fought the virus for the next three days after which he gave up his body.

What makes anyone teary-eyed is how such people are always ready to put their own lives at risk in order to help the needy and necessitous. 

Probably, our politicians, who do not rise up to the occasion, should take a leaf out of such people’s books and help those who are in need.