August 20, 2009
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Mahadev Deka of Assam, India has won Mr. Universe 2009 title in the Bantam weight category at the 2009 Muscle mania Super body world championship held at Florida from June 18-2, 2009.

Mahadev Deka is a heart patient and underwent heart surgery in August 2002. He was found with cancer disease. He was given treatment of chemotherapy and has undergone biopsy. He was strongly advised to take rest and doctor had told him, “This is another life to you. Now you have only few years to live so pass the time very peacefully.”

But, he had made up his mind and joined gymkhana for exercise. He started going gym for exercise, did it for at least 4-5 hours daily. He demonstrated commitment of very high level and found actively involved in this activity.

He participated in the world championship last year 2008, were he ended up as a runner up. This year 2009, he has made up his mind and started practicing at home, while coming back from the last championship. He has participated in the competition of the year 2009. He was never sponsored, and had not availed any benefits from government and other NGO authorities. When he returned to Assam, India after this accomplishment, thousands of people were waiting for his arrival and appreciation.


Deka, an assistant engineer in Public health department of Assam, had won Mr. Assam title for seven years, Mr. North-East four times and Senior Mr. India twice.

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Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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