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SIXTH MAHAVEER AWARDS – 2000
 
1. DR. KALYAN MOTILAL GANGWAL
 
Born in the year 1945. Dr. Kalyan Gangwal hails from Sangamner in Maharashtra and has had a brilliant academic and professional career. He is associated with a number of prestigious institutions such as the KEM Hospital, Poone Hospital, Pune and the Sasson General Hospital, Pune. He is a Medical Practioner by profession has chosen vegetarianism as one of the subjects of his special interest throughout his life and believes that vegetarianism is the ideal food for human beings.
 
Dr. Kalyan Motilal Gangwal, Pune, Maharashtra the crusader for vegetarianism receiving the Sixth Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the field of propagation of Non-violence and Vegetarianism from Shri P.T.R. Palanivelrajan, Hon'ble Speaker of Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly at the Annual Mahaveer Awards Day 2000.
 
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He has set apart every weekend for propagating vegetarianism as a basis of life. His campaign for vegetarianism is done through the means of exhibitions, lectures, slide shows, books in various Indian languages and in English. His campaign against killing animals has resulted in the closure of a number of abattoirs in the country and his fights for the rights of animals include opposition to bullock cart races, cock fights, the custom of sacrifice of animals on religious grounds, etc. He has written a number of books in Marathi and Hindi advocating vegetarianism and all his agitations in favour of vegetarianism have always been peaceful. He has received a number of medals and awards both for his performance as a doctor and for his advocacy of vegetarianism. He has also taken considerable interest in the "Movement for freedom from addiction".
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The Selection Jury felt that on account of his sustained and continuous propagation of vegetarianism for over for a long period he richly deserves the Mahaveer Award 2000 for Excellence in Human Endeavour in the field of Vegetarianism and Non-Violence.

The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation considers it an honour to recognise the services of Dr. Gangwal in the cause of Vegetarianism.

2. THE CANCER INSTITUTE

THE CANCER INSTITUTE was established by Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy an eminent social worker of Tamil Nadu and a freedom fighter. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. V. Shanta and Dr. S. Krishnamurthi (both of whom have sacrificed their lucrative professional career for building up the institution), the institute has grown from strength to strength and has developed as a premier institution providing over 400 beds for treatment of cancer of which nearly 300 are utilized for free treatment of the poor.

Dr. V. Shantha the dynamic spirit behind the Chennai Cancer institute receiving the Sixth Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the field of Education and Medicine from Shri P.T.R. Palanivelrajan, Hon'ble Speaker of Tamilnadu legislative Assembly at the Annual Mahaveer Awards Day 2000.
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The institute has developed state of art facilities for detection and treatment of cancer and patients from all over India and even from the Far East attend the hospital in large numbers. On an average more than 70000 patients attend the hospital over a year. Combining research, training and treatment in the field of cancer, the institute was the first college to be recognised for superspeciality degrees in the country. In the half century that it has been in existence, the hospital has managed to convey a message that cancer can be prevented and cured if detected early. The institute's guiding principle has been the total care of the patients whatever their social standing or economic status (quite a few of them receiving totally free treatment) - to give the patients access to the best state of art technology. One can do no better than India's first Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru who described the Institute as "an inspiring example of good work done". The Institute has become the symbol of humanity's eternal quest to conquer cancer.
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The Selection Jury felt that the pioneering work done by the Cancer Institute deserves recognition and has therefore awarded the Mahaveer Award for Excellence in Human Endeavour in the fields of Medicine and Education, to the Cancer Institute for the year 2000.

The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation congratulates the Institute and its motive force Dr. V. Shanta and Dr. S. Krishnamurthi for their dynamic role in providing hope to the thousands of patients who suffer from cancer.

3. THE TRIPURA ADIVASI MAHILA SAMITHY

THE TRIPURA ADIVASI MAHILA SAMITHY, KRISHNA NAGAR, AGARTALA was established in the year 1953 by a group of women social workers of Agartala with the goal of bringing rural tribal women into the development process.

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Smt. Anurupa Mukherji, President of Tripura Adivasi Mahila Samithy, Agartala, Tripura serving the cause of tribal women in Tripura receiving the Sixth Mahaveer Award for Excellence in the field of Social and Community Service from Shri P.T.R. Palanivelrajan, Hon'ble Speaker of Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly at the Annual Mahaveer Awards Day 2000.
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The main objectives of the organization is to promote better economic conditions of the weaker sections of the society in particular, the women, children and destitutes through self supporting and income generating economic and other welfare projects, to promote gender equality through social awareness, to implement an integrated approach in solving the problems of developing rural communities and to specially work for the educational upliftment of the tribals. The activities of the society, inter alia include starting of centres in the remote corners of Tripura for educating tribal women and the setting up of Balwadi Centres for education of children. In addition the Samithy is arranging condensed courses for the girls who have dropped out in the middle of the educational stream and to ensure that atleast they acquire the qualification of 10th standard. Most of the girls have come out successful in the examinations and have obtained worthwhile employment enabling them to stand on their own legs. In addition the society has arranged various income generating programmes such as Mushroom cultivation, leaf plate making, spice processing, sericulture, rubber nursery, animal husbandry, tailoring and weaving. Further the society has under taken to house destitute and orphan girls for periods upto 3 years and making them independent by imparting vocational training such as weaving, tailoring, etc. during their stay. The Society is also implementing a project of installing water tanks at water starved tribal villages to gather rain water which would otherwise go waste. The society has also been implementing in several villages a scheme to encourage thrift among tribal women by forming small self help group which finance constructive projects through small, but regular contributions collected from its members and made available to the needy at modest rates of interest. Thus the society has established itself as an organization deeply interested in developing the upliftment of tribals under the leadership of Smt. Anurupa Mukherjee, President of the Society. Smt. Anurupa Mukherjee {popularly known as 'Maani' (Mother)} the President of the Samithy, at the age of 72, is the inspiration and driving force of the organization. Born in a conservative tribal farms and married to a non-tribal (an officer of the Indian Navy). Smt. Mukherjee has been a symbol of communal harmony in the State. Her commitment to the upliftment of poor tribal women has opened a new chapter in the evolution of NGOs in the development administration of the State. She has played a significant role in the affairs of the State and at the National level in defining and vitalising the role of women - particularly from poorer sections - in community welfare, specially in the fields of Education and Social service.

The Selection Jury felt that the society has done an excellent job in its objective of promoting the welfare of tribal women in an under developed tribal area of the country and has selected the society for the awards under the category of Community and Social service. The Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation extends its warmest congratulations to the society and its founder Smt. Mukherjee for their inspiring leadership role in improving the lot of Tribal Women in Tripura.



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