The birth of
Operation Blue Freedom

In Feb 2019, Team C.L.A.W gave life to ‘Operation Blue Freedom’ – A movement to express the powerful spirit and ability of people with disabilities. To evolve the perception of society towards who they are and what they are capable of. To secure their right to dignity. To exercise their ability to contribute value and inspire freedom. For all.

Operation Blue Freedom

For a year, the Team has travelled across the length of India and trained more than a 100 people, paralysed by spinal cord injuries, in Scuba diving. The first leg of the journey culminated with the Team taking a select group of students for their first dives in the open sea at the Lakshadweep Islands, India. People on wheelchairs, who were bound by the chains of gravity on land, were now free  in water.

The Team started out with scratch. There was no money. Whatever little they could save up from their retirement benefits, they pooled and self-funded their entire year long journey. As many of the paralysed trainees did not have any means of livelihood, the team conducted all the training free of charge. At each step, they found themselves facing impossible odds matched only by their impossible dream. At each step they threw in whatever little they had and moved into the unknown. The dream always won. The Universe always stepped in. Magic always happened.

C.L.A.W - Hunting Freedom

Major Vivek Jacob

‘Special Forces’ is an instinct. Every human being has it. It operates from a mind space where faith, self-realization, skill, brotherhood, ability and freedom, are, all rolled into love as the driving factors of focussed thought and effective action. 

Over time, it develops into a razor sharp ‘Survive, Stabilize and Thrive’ mindset by enduring life’s extreme challenges, repeatedly, by chance or by choice.

Eventually realising that you can conquer. Anything. People who live on the cutting edges of humanity operate from this mind set. In this case people with disabilities, the veterans and skilled people and visionaries from across the world who are coming together to make this dream project a powerful reality.