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Anand Mahindra

I've known Ronnie and Zarina for many years, The visions and passion they brough to Media changed the industry. I am delighted with their Swades Foundation's focus on rural empowerment as I believe it is the key to building a better India. Their mission of transforming the lives of 1 million rural India in the next 5 years is inspiring and I wish them every success.

Amitabh Bachchan

Ronnie & Zarina,my heart felt congratulations to you.May this new work of yours be one of the greatest achievements of your lifetime.I request each one of you to promise your support.Our country needs our time,passion and our money.Let us commit to our country and to those who have taken on the task of transforming it.The destiny of our society is found within the power of our decisions.

Nandan Nilekani

Ronnie and Zarina have dared to dream about a truly empowered rural India. The Swades Foundation is their ambitious endeavour to actualise that dream by creating and executing a holistic and sustainable model of development of rural India. Their approach of connecting rural India with not just urban India but also the world is truly exciting.

Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan

We have known Ronnie & Zarina for many years and know the passion & integrity they bring to everything they do. Their work in Media was path-breaking and we know they will do the same with their Swades Foundation.

Priyanka Chopra

I have known Ronnie & Zarina on both a personal and professional level and over the years have come to understand the passion that drives them. To do what they do, with no regard for applause or reward is something you don’t see very often. I am support them whole-heartedly and wish them every success.

Karan Johar

I feel great pride to see one of my closest friends Ronnie & Zarina who have pulled themselves out of this comfort zone and who through their Swades Foundation have taken upon themselves the mammoth task of uplifting 1 million people out of poverty every 5 years. It is a formidable number no doubt, but knowing Ronnie & Zarina, they WILL make this happen and perhaps it’s only them, with their unparalleled determination, who can see this through. I have promised them my entire support and will help out in every way I can.

I urge each one of you to experience the same joy that I feel by pledging your support to a cause that will transform our country, pledge your support towards creating an India free of the Urban Rural divide, pledge your support to the Swades Foundation.

Vidya Balan

I am deeply inspired by the work being done by Ronnie & Zarina! It is rare to meet people who find motivation within themselves and create inspiration for others around them... Ronnie & Zarina do just that. Their determination comes from their deep-routed belief in the cause of Rural Empowerment. Their desire to create an India without barriers; an India free from poverty is beyond remarkable. The work done by their foundation – Swades - is commendable and their focus & conviction is unmatched.

I have pledged my every possible support to them. And I hope, so do you.

Ranbir Kapoor

The amazing work being done by the Swades Foundation towards Rural Empowerment of 1 million lives in 5 years is a tough target but knowing Ronnie & Zarina… nothing's ever impossible. I'm looking forward to going with them to their villages!

Chetan Bhagat

I want to reach and understand Rural India as a part of evolving as a writer and the Swades Foundation initiative is an amazing one to learn from about our villages. Until we understand Rural India we cannot bring about true change