The New Delhi Pioneer reports about a new initiative by Ig Nobel Prize winner Lal Bihari:
Upper Pradesh’s ‘dead’ await justice, resurrection on June 30
In their quest to tell the world that they are still alive, hundreds of ‘dead’ drawn from all over the State would assemble in Azamgarh to observe their ‘Punarjanam Diwas’ or the ‘day of rebirth’ on June 30. The function would be organised by the Mritak Sangh (Organisation of Dead) in which around 500 persons are expected to take part. “These are the people who are dead as per the Government records. But in reality, they are alive. The celebration of ‘Punarjanam Diwas’ is another attempt to tell the world that they are still alive,” Lal Bihari, the president of the Mritak Sangh, said from Azamgarh, 300 km south-east of Lucknow….
In 2003, Lal Bihari was awarded the Ig Nobel Peace Prize for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead; Second, for waging a lively posthumous campaign against bureaucratic inertia and greedy relatives; and Third, for creating the Association of Dead People.