Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik gave a big thumbs-up to Anand Mahindra after she was gifted a blue 4X4 off-roader, the Thar by utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra. M&M felicitated the Rio Olympic stars, silver medalist shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik on Wednesday. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of M&M handed over the keys of the Thar to the two sportspersons at a ceremony held at the company’s manufacturing plant in Kandivali, Mumbai. Sakshi said, “I am very pleased to own the Thar and would especially like to thank Mr. Mahindra for this very special gesture and the #TharForSakshi Twitter Campaign, which received overwhelming support. With its rugged looks and power-packed performance, the Thar is indeed a great compliment to my personality.” Anand Mahindra was one of the first to wish Sakshi Malik after she bagged bronze medal in Rio. Mahindra took to Twitter to wish the Haryana girl, “#SakshiMalik has salvaged the pride of a billion people. This must become the moment when we inspire ourselves to turn Indian sport around.”
After Sakshi bagged the bronze medal, Mahindra had started a poll on Twitter. He wanted to gift Sakshi a Thar off-roader and wanted to know what people on Twitter thought about it. Within hours people on Twitter replied with an overwhelming ‘Yes’. Earlier this month, Sachin Tendulkar, India’s goodwill ambassador at the Rio Olympics, presented Sakshi with a brand new BMW car. Yesterday, Mahindra Group launched Women Leaders Program (WLP), its first, in order to bridge the gender gap in the workforce and build mid-level women leadership pipeline.