Piyush Tewari is the Founder and President of SaveLIFE Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on improving road safety and emergency medical care in India. He is championing the development of a strong national road safety law for India and currently expanding SaveLIFE's award-winning model of emergency care, which trains, connects and mobilizes citizen volunteers and police officers to the aid of injured victims well before formal care is available. He is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and a Rolex Laureate.
A year from Gopinath Munde's demise, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's conviction to ensure safer roads seems to be on shaky ground. He did release a fairly comprehensive Bill in September last year, but over the course of the past several months and many protests by vested interests and lobbies later, this Bill is in shambles. An exercise that started with none other than a Union Cabinet Minister's road accident death has become the subject of official apathy and an example of extremely weak political will.