A career spanning 68 years as a gynecologist, Dr. Bhakti Yadav helped thousands of mothers in giving birth to babies all at free of cost. Because of her service, people from far off places like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan visit her consultation. Well, 91 years of age might be a stopping point for anyone but not to Dr. Bhakti Yadav. Yet today, she continues to serve the poor and needy. What she wishes is to keep serving the poor until she leaves her last breath.
For those who complain about their lives, 92-year-old Dr. Bhakti Yadav is the best example to draw inspiration. She is the proof that when you have the determination and willpower, nothing can stop you from doing whatever you wanted to do or achieve. Take a bow, Dr. Bhakti Yadav..!
Age is not a limit and it doesn’t stop the determined people in doing whatever they wanted. This statement is absolutely true in the case of Dr. Bhakti Yadav. She is the first female MBBS from Indore. She has been recognised by being awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, Padma Shri. She is famously known for her generosity and kindness, including offering free treatment since 1948 in the field of gynecology.
Dr Bhakti was born on 3 April 1926 in Ujjain in Mahidpur. She hailed from a renowned Maharashtrian family. Born in a pre-independence period when the education of girls was discouraged, she expressed her desire for higher studies. Her father sent her to a nearby village where she studied till the seventh standard. Thereafter, her father visited Indore to get her admitted in Ahilya Ashram School, the only girls’ school in Indore in those times. The school had boarding facilities. After her 11th standard, in 1948, she joined Hollkar Science College, Indore for her BSc studies. She was a topper in the college in the first year.
Dr. Bhakti Yadav obtained her MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) where she got admitted based on her credible results for the 11th standard. Among a total of 40 MBBS students, she was the only female student and also was the first female student of the first batch of MGM Medical College. Upon her graduation in 1952, she became the first MBBS doctor from central India. She also did her MS from MGM Medical College.
Early in her career, Bhakti refused a job in a government hospital and instead joined Nandlal Bhandari Maternity Home for wives of poor cloth mill workers. She headed the maternity home for several decades, before starting her own nursing home, Vatsalya in Pardeshipura area. She has been offering free treatment for the last 68 years and is known for her close association with her patients. Making them feel at home is what distinguishes her from any other.
Earlier this year, the Central Government has honoured her by awarding the highest civilian award, Padma Sri as a token of gesture for her unrelated services to the poor. At 91 years of age, she could not leave for Delhi to receive the award from the President due to health issues, thus was presented the award by District Collector Narahari in the presence of Indore Incharge Minister Jayant Malaiyya and Mayor Malini Gaud.