Rewards & Recognition

S. No   Awards Year
1   Padma Shri 1954
2   Kesari Hind (Gold) 1924
3   Rai Bahdur 1921
4   Rai Sahib 1919
5   Kesari Hind 1915
6   Swarn Mahtsav (Medal From Maharaja Bikaner)  

Quotes on MDP

  • V. V. Giri (Message of President V.V. Giri on the death of Dr. Mathra Das Pahwa)
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  • Mr. Khushant Singh (Extracted from article “Survival Kit” Decan Harald . . .
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  • Mahatma Gandhi (From Harijansevak, Date : 17-2-42)
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  • R.S. Dutt (Indian Express Saturday Spectrum article “ The legend that was . . .
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  • V.S. Nanda (Span, September - 1968 “Two dedicated healers of the blind”)
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His Work

Padma Shri, Rai Bahadur (Late) Dr. Mathra Das Pahwa (1880-1972) was known as the messiah of modern Moga. He started his career as a hospital assistant at Moga at the age of 21. He conducted over half a million surgeries in his life time, continuing to operate till the age of 92 years. He created a record by conducting 750 operations in a single day. He helped innumerable people gain their eye sight through numerous charitable eye camps he held in various cities of India. The early twenties marked the peak of this eye wizard's whirl-wind campaign against cataract, which made him the world's greatest eye operator and won for him epithets such as Netra-Dev (God of the eyes).He has been honoured with many awards viz. the Padam Shri (1954) . . .

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Carrying His Work Forward

Bry-Air draws its inspiration from Dr. Mathra Das Pahwa’s work and is attempting to carry forward the mission.

As a part of its CSR mission, Bry-Air has initiated the Dr. Mathra Das Pahwa Vision Outreach Program, wherein eye camps are organized in partnership with Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre. These camps provided for free eye check-ups, spectacles, medicines, and cataract surgery.