At a time when social media is being widely used for spreading hatred among people by using it as a medium to propagate inflammatory messages, this news proves how it can be used for a better cause if used properly. Every year a lot of people go missing in India only to never get united with their family again, only a few are lucky enough to get back to their loved ones.

This is the real life story of an ex-army man who once served in Manipur Rifles for 17 years, after which he retired voluntarily. Following the demise of his wife and a troubled marriage the man Khomdram Gambhir then went into a depression following which he  left Imphal in 1978 only to be never traced again. The man then landed up in Mumbai and despite efforts from his family to find him they were not able to trace him.

Finally, after 40 long years, he is now going to be reunited with his family. Sometimes back, a Mumbai-based street photographer Firoze Shakir had uploaded a video on YouTube which shows an old Khomdram Gambhir begging and singing on the streets of Mumbai .When the photographer came across the old man who was singing “Rote Hue Aate Hain Sab” Gambhir told him about his circumstances and the same was then captured in the video.

The photographer Firoze then uploaded the video in October last year, and it was accidentally traced by an assistant professor at the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Arunachal Pradesh as he was browsing through YouTube some days back.

He informed one of our friends about the video that featured a person in his mid-sixties with Manipuri features singing and begging on the streets of Mumbai. The video, circulated through social media and reached his family two days ago,” Atom Samarendra, a Central government employee was quoted by The Hindu.


“I could not believe my eyes when one of my nephews showed me the video footage.We had lost all hope of seeing him alive again,” said brother of Gambhir Mr. Kulachandra who is a daily wage worker said.

That’s not all, the good samaritans of the locality have also crowd funded a flight ticket for the family to bring Gambhir back. “We have been coordinating with our counterparts in Bandra West area of Mumbai ever since Gambhir’s identity was established. Our team should be able to reunite him with his family here within two-three days,” Themthing Ngashangva, senior superintendent of police of Imphal West district, told The Hindu on Monday.

The incident shows the power of social media and how its reach can be used to spread goodness across boundaries of states, countries or community. Kudos to Firoze, Atom, Mumbai Police for their efforts of rejoining Gambhir with his family. We wish the family all the best for the happy days ahead!

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