Karimul Haque and his family are widely respected in the Rajadanga area of West Bengal. Fondly called ‘Bike dada’, Karimul has ferried more than 5000 sick patients to the hospital, sometimes at 1 or 2 am in the morning. Through jungle and muddy terrain, this man singlehandedly drives, sometimes, 40-50 kilometres, using his bike, and a carrier attached to it, so that the patient is more or less comfortable.
“My mother was ill, and I could not take her to the hospital. She died at 3 am,” he remembers.
Since then, he and his family have made it their life’s goal to make sure that no patient dies because of the unavailability of ambulances, or access to hospitals due to bad roads.
If you want to be inspired today, let Karimul inspire you.
“I am not a wealthy man, but I am proud of what I do,” he says, “I am very happy when someone thanks me to saving their life.”