Her dream project was to create an environment for development of children, particularly for troubled youth.
Now, a year after young Minal Panchal was gunned down in a deadly campus shooting in the US by a troubled student, her family has approached the Indian government to convert her thesis – a museum for children – into brick-and-mortar reality.
The irony of her dream project being dedicated to troubled youth, one of whom took her life is not lost.
Before she was killed, on a previous visit to India , Minal had already selected the spot for her dream project.
“Minal had identified a plot measuring 28,800sqm, adjoining the bus depot at Gorai in Borivli, which belongs to the state government.”
Minal had selected the Gorai site for the museum when she realised that facilities for physical and psychological growth of children are concentrated in south Mumbai as compared to the suburbs.
Says her sister:
“Minal loved kids and had focused all her efforts on designing a museum for children from all strata. The museum would be a beautiful reply to the bullet that hit my sister.”
A beautiful reply, indeed, and a noble one at that.