Bhargsetu’s love for animals began as a young child when she was just 13 and transformed into a life mission over the years.
Bhargsetu Sharma is a 21 year young girl from Vadodra, Gujarat who holds a vision to change the world, one step at a time, through compassion and empathy.
A Master in Zoology, Bharg was passionate about animals and their welfare and hence set up her own animal rescue organization, Humans with Humanity. The organisation works hard at rescuing and re-homing animals that are in need of a ‘second chance’. So far Bharg and her team have rescued over 4000 animals. She hasn’t been able to resist taking some of her four-legged friends home with her too, giving them a loving environment to stay in.
She has not only successfully rescued animals but also human beings. Her act of bravery made her an instant hero.
I was fortunate enough to have a candid chat during these COVID times. We discussed the meaning of a responsible citizen and our contribution towards the society and the country. Listening to her narrate the experience of saving a boy from drowning gave me goosebumps like an onscreen superhero act.
Bharg swam for 12 minutes in the river saving the boy from drowning. Her presence of mind and will power gave her the strength in times of difficulty.
For this act of bravery, she was honoured with Raksha Mantri Padak in the year 2019 by The Honourable Defence Minister of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman at the Republic Day NCC camp in Delhi Cantonment. With this, she became the first girl from Gujarat to receive such a prestigious award.
She also became a popular figure on television when she appeared on the reality show Roadies. Her journey on the show was full of courage and determination. Although, she did not win the show but her sportsmanship won her many hearts.
The former NCC cadet defines her KIVU moment as when she first laid her eyes on a dog with six of her newborn puppies, unsheltered with no food. Her heart melted with pain and grief and that was the day she decided to dedicate a part of her life towards stray dogs and other animals. The incident changed her forever and she found a new meaning towards life.
We are so proud of Bharg’s achievements and her message to society is to be more empathetic and courageous in whatever you do!