Ramon Magsaysay award recipient for 2008 Prakash Amte on Thursday said that he was humbled by the recognition bestowed upon him.
"I accept the award on behalf of my entire team dedicated to the cause of social welfare and upliftment," Amte told PTI over telephone from his Hemalkasa home in Gadchiroli district.
Speaking about sharing the prestigious award with wife Mandakini, he said, "We have always shared joys and sorrows together. Without her help, my mission of upliftment of Madai Gond tribals in the region would have never been accomplished."
"Baba would have been happy if I got the award in his life time," Prakash said.
His father, Baba Amte, also received the Magsaysay award for Public service in 1985. He passed away in February this year at the age of 94.
Expressing his views over third generation of Amte's having taken over the social service work, Prakash said he was satisfied.
"My children Dighant and Aniket are taking forward the work started by us. Our elder daughter-in-law is also a doctor.
Even Baba was satisfied that his grandchildren are carrying forward his legacy," he added.