Sankurathri Foundation was setup in memory of Dr. Chandra’s family with an underlying desire to do something impactful in India and participate in the efforts to raise the quality of life. All through the years of life that he was abroad, the uppermost thought in his mind was that ”Why India cannot develop, while Indians abroad are doing so well for themselves?”. One of the worst global abominable acts of terrorism changed his life. Dr.Chandra mulled over the incident, directed his efforts to serve the needy and work towards betterment of society.
Dr. Chandra’s wife Manjari, son Srikiran and daughter Sarada vanished into the blue waters of the Atlantic due to an act of terror that blew the aircraft – Air India flight 182 on 23rd June, 1985 off the coast of Ireland. The tragedy took away all that he cherished most in his life. It led him to ponder over setting up an orphanage with the primary driving force being “service above self and for the societal needs” in the true spirit of Sanatana Dharma. He eventually moved to starting a school for the underprivileged. Taking stock of his own family siblings’ rise in life owing to education, he realized that access to quality education is the key driver for India’s development.
Interestingly around the same time, Padma Shri Dr. Chandra was supporting his friend Dr. V.K.Raju in organising eye care camps in a few underdeveloped areas of Andhra Pradesh and the collaboration led to starting an Institute of Ophthalmology. Quality of services that are affordable and accessible are the key elements for Dr. Chandra in all his endeavors.
Dr. Chandra lives by the statement etched upon the Air India Memorials in Ireland and Canada: “Time flies/ suns rise/ shadows fall/ let it pass by/ love reigns forever overall”