President Pratibha Patil felicitated four veteran Gandhians, who dedicated their lives to fighting injustice and promoting Gandhi’s ideals, at the 33rd Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards on Thursday.
Among the awardees was professor Lia Diskin, 60, from Brazil, who was given the International Award for promoting Gandhian Values outside India. She has been organising a ‘Gandhi Week’ in October for the past 29 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to spread awareness about Gandhian values through plays, film screenings and discussions. Sao Paulo now has a Gandhi Square with a full size bronze statue of the Mahatma due to the efforts of Diskin.
Sushri Shakuntala Choudhary, 90, who represents the Assam wing of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, won for development and welfare of women and children. She set up 22 Gram Seva centres across north-east to spread literacy and environmental awareness among women and train them in yard spinning and weaving. These centres also play a role in diffusing tension in the insurgency-prone areas.
The award for use of science and technology for rural development was given to Chewang Norphel, 75, from Leh while Ahmedabad-based Chunibhai Vaidya was awarded for his outstanding contribution in the field of constructive work.
All winners are given a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a trophy and a citation.