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SEVENTH MAHAVEER AWARDS – 2001
 
1. DR. NEMICHAND JAIN
He has been, for long promoting the culture of non-violence and the practice of vegetarianism, through writing books, articles, substantive speeches at national seminars and nationwide tours, using convincing facts and scientific presentation techniques. All his books and booklets expound the basic tenets of Ahimsa, Anekantvada and Aparigraha with accent on behaviour of individuals and groups in day to day life. He has written more than 100 books, thousands of articles and many moving and inspiring poems in Hindi language and his books/articles/ poems have been widely read and appreciated.
 
 
 

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His most noteworthy contribution is the presentation of 100 facts each about eggs, meat, slaughter houses, addiction to drinks, tobacco and other intoxicating products and these have made a very wide and convincing impact on public opinion.

He is the recipient of Samta Puraskar (1987), George Bernard Shaw Award (1993), Gyanodaya Samman (1998), Gomatheshwar Vidyapitha Puraskar (1997), Shakahar Priya Award (1998), Patra Maharshi Honour (1998), Ahimsa Jeevaraksha Award (1998), Chaitanya Van Award (1999), Samaj Bhushan Honour (2000) and Acharya Hasti Ahimsa Karyakarta Award (2000).

The Selection Jury has awarded the Seventh Mahaveer Award 2001 for Non-Violence and Vegetarianism to Dr.Nemichand Jain for his excellent service in these fields.

However, before the award could be formally handed over to him. Dr Nemichand Jain passed away on 8th August 2001. As the award was personal to Dr. Nemichand Jain the Foundation has decided that the cash component of the award should form part of an endowment, the proceeds from which would be utilized to recognize outstanding work in similar fields.

 
2. DR. H. SUDARSHAN
 

Founder Member of the Vivekananda Foundation, a Federation of voluntary organizations and individuals Dr. H. Sudarshan has worked tireless to specially in the field of public health, education and medicine, rehabilitation of the blind and orphans and for the comprehensive development of tribals in certain areas of Karnataka keeping in view the tribal culture and intrinsic values. His programmes covered areas such as health, education, vocational training, community organizations conservation of bio-diversity and medical plants, revitalisation of a local health tradition, housing tribal co-operatives, agriculture, dairy, and social forestry.

Dr. Sudarshan had also worked in the Ramakrishna Health Project at Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka. The integrated tribal project was started by him in the year 1980 and the Karuna Trust started by him in 1987 at Yelandur took up the service of tribals in the treatment of leprosy, tuberculosis and epilepsy, etc.

 
Dr. Sudarshan has involved himself totally in realizing the dream of comprehensive human development particularly of tribals.

He is at present associated with bodies like CAPART, New Delhi and various task forces of the Government of India and the State of Karnataka.

The Selection Jury has awarded the Seventh Mahaveer Award for Excellence in Human Endeavour in the field of Education and Medicine to Dr. Sudarshan; for his devoted services specially in the fields of education of tribals and provision of public health and medical facilities to them particularly in the districts of Mysore and Chamaraj Nagar of Karnataka State.

 
3. BHARAT SEVASHRAM SANGHA
 

The Sangha founded in 1917, is a spiritual brotherhood of monks and selfless workers, devoted to the service of humanity. With registered office at KOLKATTA, Sangha has 42 branches all over the country and six foreign associates in UK, USA, CANADA, SOUTH AMERICA, WEST INDIES AND BANGLADESH.

The Sangha successfully conducted relief activities during Bengal famine, Midnapore Cyclone, Noakhali riot, earthquakes in Bihar, Maharashtra, Uttarkashi, drought, famine flood in Orissa, W.Bengal, Assam. Cyclone in Andhra Pradesh and “Supercyclone” 1999 of Orissa.

 
Charitable dispensaries are maintained in all big centres of the sangha to provide medical relief to the pilgrims and the distressed / destitute people of the locality. The Jameshedpur Branch of the sangha attends Leprosy Patients mostly from scheduled castes/tribes, aborigines and their rehabilitation in badly affected Singhbhum District. “Home for Cancer Patients” set up about a couple of years ago at Vashigaon Navi Mumbai provides free accommodation to 100 economically weak patients.

At Bansda (Gujarat) facilities of orphanages, a charitable dispensary, Mobile Medical Unit, Library etc are provided under the name ADIBASI KALYAN KENDRA.
 
At Tatiba in Singhbhum Dist, the Sangha has established a project for the financial and social upliftment programme. The project commenced in 1993, has widely spread among primitive tribes even in deep forest areas in six blocks – Sonnal Goelkara, Noamundi, Bandhgaonm Nimidh and Potka.

Through Sangha’s Tribal Welfare Centre at Barajurl, a modest attempt has been made to reach out medicare, education income generation activities to various tribal groups in Midnapore, Gondi Kalakady and Baster regions.

 


























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