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THIRD MAHAVEER AWARDS – 1997
 
Shri Ratanlal C Bafna, hailing from Jalgaon, Maharashtra State, was born in 1935. Throughout his life he has been a staunch advocate of Vegetarianism and Non-violence and has been in the vanguard of a movement for propagating vegetarianism all over the country. He has travelled over two lakh kilometers during the last 5 years on this mission.
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Shri Ratanlal C Bafna, Nayantara, Jalgaon, Maharashtra receiving the Third Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the field of Propagation of Non-violence and Vegetaranism from Shri Karan Singh, M.P. at the Annual Awards Day 1997.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In pursuance of his mission he has written and published a large number of articles on vegetarianism in various magazines and dailies. His writings also include several books on vegetarianism which were widely distributed, most of them free of cost. He has succeeded in carrying the message to the youth as well through lectures delivered at colleges and other institutions. He had succeeded in converting a large number of people to Vegetarianism. His other activities include provision of equipment such as tricycles to the physically handicapped.

In recognition of his comprehensive services in the cause of vegetarianism and non-violence, the Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation awarded him the Mahaveer award 1997 for excellence in the sphere of Vegetarianism.

 
2. SRI ANNA HAZARE
 
Shri Anna Hazare was born at Bingar near Pune in the year 1940 and hails from a poor family. On account of his straightened circumstances of his family, Shri Hazare could not complete his education beyond seventh standard and had to seek his livelihood by joining the army. However, he could not long ignore his desire to serve the poor which has been one of his most cherished ambitions.
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Shri Anna Hazare, Relegaon siddhi, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra receiving the Third Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the field of Social and Community Service from Shri Karan Singh, M.P. at the Annual Mahaveer Awards Day 1997.
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Taking early retirement from his job in the army, he started serving the people of Ralegaon Siddhi and was of immense assistance to the people of that area in designing and implementing projects of water management for providing irrigation to the parched lands of that village. Later he extended the scope of his social service to transforming and improving the life content of the villagers, first by weaning them away from liquor and later by becoming the driving force in achieving the veritable transformation of the village by assisting the improvement of the educational facilities in the village as also in assisting the Harijans to lift themselves up socially and economically.

A life long bachelor Shri Anna Hazare has adopted the entire village as his family and has recently started tackling problems on a wider horizon. These include his intense fight against corruption in public life which has had considerable impact on the society at large in the state of Maharasthra. He continues to live a simple life confining his needs to the barest minimum.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation, has therefore conferred the Mahaveer Award 1997, for excellence in the sphere of social and community service on him.


























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