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Baba Amte- Life Achievement and Contribution as Social Activist

Dec 26, 2018 15:14 IST
    Baba Amte- Life Achievement and Contribution as Social Activist

    Date of Birth: December 26, 1914

    Place of Birth: Hinganghat, Wardha, Maharashtra

    Parents: Devidas Amte (Father) and Laxmibai (Mother)

    Spouse: Sadhana Guleshastri

    Children: Dr. Prakash Amte and Dr. Vikas Amte

    Education: B.A.LL.B from Wardha Law College

    Religious Views: Hinduism

    Died: February 9, 2008

    Place of death: Anandwan, Maharashtra

    Murlidhar Devidas Amte is popularly known as 'Baba Amte' was Indian Social Activist who worked for the rehabilitation and empowerment of people suffering from leprosy. He was born in the city of Hinganghat in Wardha District of Maharashtra on 26 December 1914.

    Do you know that Baba Amte during his early life of privilege, he would hunt wild animals, play sports, and drive luxurious cars. But his life was changed when he encountered a man suffering from leprosy. The sight of the man’s decaying body filled him with overwhelming fear.

    Role of Baba Amte in Indian Independence Movement

    Baba Amte is praise vociferously as the last of the true followers of Gandhi’s philosophy. He joined the Indian Freedom Movement under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and participated in almost all major movements led by Mahatma Gandhi. He started acting as a defence lawyer for leaders involved with the Indian freedom movement whom the British authorities had imprisoned in 1942 during the Quit India movement.

    Contribution of Baba Amte as a Social Activism

    He often referred to as the last follower of Mahatma Gandhi because he worked towards Gandhi’s vision of India, alleviating the sufferings of thousands. He founded the Anandwan Ashram in 1948 as a rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients where they learn how to be self-sufficient through hard work. Being Gandhian follower, he wears only Khadi clothes woven in his rehabilitation centre at Anandwan ate the fruit and vegetables grown in his ashram farms.

    He was great admirer of national unity. Hence he organised Bharat Jodo Abhiyan or the Knit India March to re-infuse the spirit of national integration at a time of growing cynicism and communal strife.

    In 1990, Amte left Anandwan for a while to live along the Narmada River and join Medha Patkar's Narmada Bachao Andolan ("Save Narmada") movement, which fought against both unjust displacement of local inhabitants and damage to the environment due to the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada River.

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    Awards & Achievements of Baba Amte

    Awards and Achievements of Baba Amte

    1. Padma Shri, 1971

    2. Ramon Magsaysay Award, 1985

    Citation: "In electing MURLIDHAR DEVIDAS AMTE to receive the 1985 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, the Board of Trustees recognizes his work-oriented rehabilitation of Indian leprosy patients and other handicapped outcasts."

    3. Padma Vibhushan, 1986

    4. United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, 1988

    5. Gandhi Peace Prize, 1999

    6. Rashtriya Bhushan, 1978: FIE Foundation Ichalkaranji (INDIA)

    7. Jamnalal Bajaj Award, 1979 for Constructive Work

    8. N.D. Diwan Award, 1980: National Society for Equal Opportunities for the 'Handicapped' (NASEOH), Bombay

    9. Ramshastri Award, 1983: Ramshastri Prabhune Foundation, Maharashtra, India

    10. Indira Gandhi Memorial Award, 1985: Government of Madhya Pradesh for outstanding social service

    11. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award, 1986: Delhi

    12. Fr. Maschio Platinum Jubilee Award, 1987: Bombay

    13. G.D. Birla International Award, 1988: For outstanding contribution to humanism

    14. Templeton Prize, 1990 [Baba Amte and Charles Birch (Emeritus professor of University of Sydney) were jointly awarded the prize in 1990]

    15. Mahadeo Balwant Natu Puraskar, 1991, Pune, Maharashtra

    16. Adivasi Sewak Award, 1991, Government of Maharashtra

    17. Kusumagraj Puraskar, 1991

    18. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Dalit Mitra Award, 1992, Government of Maharashtra

    19. Shri Nemichand Shrishrimal Award, 1994

    20. Fr. Tong Memorial Award, 1995, Voluntary Health Association of India

    21. Kushta Mitra Puraskar, 1995: Vidarbha Maharogi Sewa Mandal, Amravati, Maharashtra

    22. Bhai Kanhaiya Award, 1997: Sri Guru Harkrishan Education Trust, Bhatinda, Punjab

    23. Manav Sewa Award, 1997: Young Men's Gandhian Association, Rajkot, Gujarat

    24. Sarthi Award, 1997, Nagpur, Maharashtra

    25. Mahatma Gandhi Charitable Trust Award, 1997, Nagpur, Maharashtra

    26. Gruhini Sakhi Sachiv Puraskar, 1997, Gadima Pratishthan, Maharashtra

    27. Kumar Gandharva Puraskar, 1998

    28. Apang Mitra Puraskar, 1998, Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur, Maharashtra

    29. Bhagwan Mahaveer Award, 1998, Chennai

    30. Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award, 1998, Mumbai

    31. Justice K. S. Hegde Foundation Award, 1998, Karnataka

    32. Baya Karve Award, 1998, Pune, Maharashtra

    33. Savitribai Phule Award, 1998, Government of Maharashtra

    34. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Award, 1988: FICCI, for outstanding achievements in training and placement of disabled persons

    35. Satpaul Mittal Award, 1998, Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust, Ludhiana, Punjab

    36. Adivasi Sevak Puraskar, 1998, Government of Maharashtra

    Gandhi Peace Prize, 1999

    37. Dr. Ambedkar International Award for Social Change, 1999

    38. Maharashtra Bhushan Award, 2004, Government of Maharashtra

    39. Bharathvasa award, 2008

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