Date of Birth: December 26, Place of Birth: Hinganghat, Wardha, Maharashtra. Spouse: Sadhana Guleshastri. Children: Dr. Prakash Amte and Dr. Vikas Amte.
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Murlidhar Devidas Amte , popularly known as Baba Amte 26 December — 9 February was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy. He and his wife, Sadhna Amte had started an organization for the leprosy patients Anandwan in This pioneering work was started as an arogya centre below a tree in Baba Amte was born to Mr. Devidas Amte and Mrs. It was a wealthy family.
His father was a British government officer with responsibilities for district administration and revenue collection. Murlidhar had acquired his nickname Baba in his childhood. He came to be known as Baba not because "he was a saint or any such thing, but because his parents addressed him by that name.
He was among eight children of his father. As the eldest son of a wealthy land owner, Murlidhar had an idyllic childhood. By the time he was fourteen, he owned his own gun and hunted boar and deer. When he was old enough to drive, he was given a Singer Sports car with cushions covered with panther skin.
He never appreciated the restrictions that prevented him from playing with the 'low-caste' servants' children. Trained in law, he developed a successful legal practice at Wardha. He soon got involved in the Indian struggle for freedom from the British Raj, and started acting as a defence lawyer for leaders of the Indian freedom movement whom the British authorities had imprisoned in the Quit India movement.
He spent some time at Sevagram ashram of Mahatma Gandhi and became a follower of Gandhism for the rest of his life. He followed Gandhism, including yarn spinning using a charkha and wearing khadi. When Gandhi got to know that he has saved a girl from British soldiers who were lewdly taunting her, Gandhi gave him the name — Abhay Sadhak Fearless Seeker of Truth.
In those days, leprosy was associated with social stigma and the society disowned people suffering from leprosy. There was also a widespread misbelief that leprosy was highly contagious. Amte strove to dispel the misbelief and once allowed bacilli from a leprosy patient to be injected into him while participating in an experimental test aimed at proving that leprosy was not highly contagious. Amte founded three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people, and people from marginalised sections of the society in Maharashtra, India.
On 15 August , he started a hospital in Anandvan under a tree. Amte devoted his life to many other social causes, the most notable among which were Knit India movement, generating public awareness towards importance of ecological balance, wildlife preservation, and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Amte married Ms. Indu Ghule later known as Sadhanatai Amte. She actively participated in her husband's social work with equal dedication. Their two sons, Dr. Vikas Amte and Dr. Prakash Amte, and two daughters-in-law, Dr. Mandakini and Dr. Bharati, are all doctors. All four have dedicated their lives to social work and causes similar to those of the senior Amte. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte run a school and a hospital at Hemalkasa village in the underprivileged district of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra where people belonging to the "Madia Gond" tribe.
After marrying Prakash Amte, Mandakini Amte left her governmental medical job and moved to Hemalkasa to eventually start a hospital, a school, and an orphanage for injured wild animals, including a lion and some leopards.
Digant and Aniket have also dedicated their lives to the same causes as their parents. Baba Amte's elder son Dr. Vikas Amte and his wife Dr. Bharati Amte run the hospital at Anandwan and co-ordinate operations between Anandwan and satellite projects. Today, Anandwan and Hemalkasa village have one hospital, each. Anandwan has a university, an orphanage, and schools for the blind and the deaf.
Currently, the self-sufficient Anandwan ashram has over 5, residents. The community development project at Anandwan in Maharashtra is recognised around the world. Besides Anandwan, Amte later founded "Somnath" and "Ashokwan" ashrams for treating leprosy patients.
Amte followed Gandhi's way of living and led a spartan life. He wore khadi clothes made from the looms at Anandwan. He believed in Gandhi's concept of a self-sufficient village industry that empowers seemingly helpless people, and successfully brought his ideas into practice at Anandwan.
He played one of the important role in independence of India. Amte also used Gandhian principles to fight against corruption, mismanagement, and poor, shortsighted planning in the government. Thus, he used non-violent means to fight the Indian government in the fight of independence. In , Amte left Anandwan for a while to live along the Narmada River and join Medha Patkar's Narmada Bachao Andolan "Save Narmada" Movement , which fought against both unjust displacement of local inhabitants and damage to the environment on account of the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river.
Biography Lists Also Viewed. Early life Baba Amte was born to Mr. Dedicated works of family members Amte married Ms. Gandhism Amte followed Gandhi's way of living and led a spartan life. He played one of the important role in independence of India Amte also used Gandhian principles to fight against corruption, mismanagement, and poor, shortsighted planning in the government.
In spite of his emulation of social and political work, unlike Gandhi, Amte was an atheist. Narmada Bachao Andolan with Medha Patkar In , Amte left Anandwan for a while to live along the Narmada River and join Medha Patkar's Narmada Bachao Andolan "Save Narmada" Movement , which fought against both unjust displacement of local inhabitants and damage to the environment on account of the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river.
Ambedkar International Award for Social Change, , "in recognition of outstanding work done in pursuing the cause of the exploited and the underprivileged, reconciling differences among conflicting social groups and contributing significantly to social change" Maharashtra Bhushan Award, , Government of Maharashtra Bharathvasa award, Honorary titles D.
Quotes "I don't want to be a great leader; I want to be a man who goes around with a little oilcan and when he sees a breakdown, offers his help. To me, the man who does that is greater than any holy man in saffron-coloured robes. The mechanic with the oilcan: that is my ideal in life.
Social worker Journalist Lawyer. Journalism Law. Vikas Amte Prakash Amte.
Prakash Baba Amte is a social worker from Maharashtra , India. Amte and his wife, Mandakini Amte , were awarded the Magsaysay Award for 'Community Leadership'  in for their philanthropic work in the form of the Lok Biradari Prakalp amongst the Madia Gonds in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and the neighbouring states of Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. Amte is the son of Magsaysay awardee Baba Amte. In , Amte moved to Hemalkasa to start the Lok Biradari Prakalp, a project for the development of tribal people, most of whom were the Madia Gond in the forests of Gadchiroli district.
Baba Amte- Life Achievement and Contribution as Social Activist
Amte was born into an affluent Brahman family and grew up in a life of privilege. After earning a law degree in , he set up a legal practice. He studied leprosy, worked at a leprosy clinic, and took a course on the disease at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. In Amte founded Anandwan, an ashram dedicated to the treatment, rehabilitation, and empowerment of leprosy patients. The centre came to encompass programs in health care, agriculture, small-scale industry, and conservation and to serve people with disabilities.