In Jodhpur, India, His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur inaugurated his new philanthropic initiative, the Jodhpur One World Retreat.
Celebrating 'A Beautiful Mind,' the three-day Retreat brought together world leaders, thought leaders and luminaries in science, neurology, business, culture, music, art, and philanthropy to raise awareness of the Indian Head Injury Foundation ("IHIF"), in association with the Brain Trauma Foundation ("BTF") based in the USA.
The Maharaja established the IHIF after his son, Prince Yuvraj Shivraj Singh, sustained a serious head injury while playing polo in 2005. It was then that his Highness became acutely aware of the enormous problem with treating head injuries in India - more than 200,000 lives are lost every year and over 1.6 million people suffer from serious head injuries.
IHIF's mission is to build a comprehensive system for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. It fulfills its mission through education, emergency medical services, and rehabilitation, providing information on life saving medical protocols throughout India.
Guests included HRH The Maharaha of Jodhpur, HRH The Maharani Hemlata Raje, HRH The Prince Yuvraj Shivraj Singh, Sting, Trudie Styler, HRH The Prince Andrew (Duke of York), Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York), Princess Eugenie, HRH Princess Sheika Hussah Sabah, Ambassador Faroukh Younes, UK Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott, Reliance's Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Honda Hero's Pawan Munjal, actress Dia Mirza, Suhel Seth, Gemima Khan, India's beloved cricket champion Sachin Tendulkar, Taj Hotel Group’s Raymond Bickson, Queenie Dody and from New York, actor/film maker Fisher Stevens, Meera Gandhi, Susan Shin and Rishi Shah.
Meera Gandhi with Maharaja gah Sing of Jodhpur