Swami Ranganathananda

  • 1989
  • Chief Guest
Born in a village near Trichur, in Kerala. Joined the Mysore centre of Ramakrishna Order as a Brahmachari in 1926. Served as President of the Karachi centre of math from 1942 to 1948 until the partition of India. Thereafter, served various centres in different capacities at Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Was elected as President of the Mission. Declined the Padma Vibhushan as it was conferred on him in his individual capacity and not for the Mission. Accepted the Indira Gandhi Award .... Read More
K. Janardanan Pillai

Shri K. Janardanan Pillai

  • 1989
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Launched into freedom movement in the princely state of Tavancore and Cochin. Served Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi in various capacities.Far reaching range of activities – from new varieties of crops to new systems of irrgation, from village industries to large scale afforestation, from community health and prohibition to Harijan and Tribal welfare. Gandhi Peace Foundation, Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, ‘Surabhi’ Udarasiromani Road, Vellayambalam, Trivandrum ( Kerala .... Read More
T.G.K. Menon

Shri T.G.K. Menon

  • 1989
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
Though did not have higher learning in science, life has been his laboratory. Has been associated with Kasturbagram near Indore. Demonstrated that with suitable technique and application, so called ‘alien' trees could grow in Kasturbagram. The Progeny fruit orchard is a classic example or the Goshala whose Gir cows have been adjudged as the best in the country. Director Kasturbagram Krishi Kshetra, P.O. Kasturbagram, Indore (M.P.) - 452 020. Tel: 263148 Gram: KASTURBA .... Read More
Indirabai Halbe

Smt. Indirabai Halbe

  • 1989
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development and Welfare of Women And Children
Born in 1914 in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Established Matru Mandir. Started a maternity centre which has now grown into a big hospital complex. Also brought under umbrella- Gokul Niketan (Orphanages), free hostels, a sports & cultural Centre centre for children, the agriculture section, cooperative society for cottage industries.TrusteeMatru - Mandir,Devrukh,Dist. Ratnagiri,(Maharashtra) - 415 804.Tel: 2354 - 9523542400Email: Rtg_mmdrk@sancharnet.in Read More
Danilo Dolci

Mr. Danilo Dolci

  • 1989
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
Born in 1924 in a village in North Italy. Often called “ the Gandhi of Sicily”. Opted for a life in an extremely poor town of peasants and fisherman rather than a lucrative architecture’s profession. Followed the method of “grass-roots conscience-raising’ among the villagers. He fasted, courted imprisonment, organized strikes, sit-ins, protest marches. All non violent and peaceful. Took up issues like construction of dams, people’s cooperatives, Government pol .... Read More