Pujya Morari Bapu Honors The 34th Jamnalal Bajaj
The Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation honored the recipients of the 34th Jamnalal Bajaj Awards
for 2011. The four awardees were felicitated by Pujya Morari Bapu in the presence of Dr.
Justice C.S. Dharmadhika
Mumabi, Nov 09, 2011 -- Mumbai, 7th November 2011: The Jamnalal Bajaj
Foundation honored the recipients of the 34th Jamnalal Bajaj Awards for 2011. The
four awardees were felicitated by Pujya Morari Bapu in the presence of Dr. Justice
C.S. Dharmadhikari, Chairman, Council of Advisors and Mr. Rahul Bajaj, Chairman,
Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
The awardees in the four categories each were presented with a Citation, Trophy and
Cash Prize of Rs. 5 Lakhs.
The awards were presented in the following categories:
Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Constructive Work Shri Ramesh
Bhaiya & Smt. Vimla Bahan, Vinoba Seva Ashram, Uttar Pradesh
Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development Shri.
Anupam Mishra, Gandhi Shanti Prathisthan, New Delhi
Award for outstanding contribution for the Development and Welfare of Women and
Children Smt. Shobhana Ranade, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust
International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India Agus Indra
Udayana, Ashram Gandhi Puri, Indonesia
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Rahul Bajaj said "We are grateful to Pujya Morari
Bapu to accept our invitation and grace us with his presence. This nation is held
together with our religions and teachings of our great saints. Morari Bapu is one of
those who have helped in spreading our cultural heritage and we are extremely happy
to have him here".
He further added, "We all have gathered here to honor and to be grateful to the
winners of Jamnalal Bajaj Awards. They have done some outstanding social work
and created some great orgnaisations. On behalf of everyone here I congratulate them
and hope that their respective orgnisations keep up their great work and help in
building a stronger society".
Smt. Shobhana Ranade – a calm and composed lady, has dedicated over half a
century of her life for the betterment of the downtrodden, particularly women and
children. 87 years old, Smt. Ranade was honored for her outstanding contribution for
the development and welfare of women and children. On receiving the award Smt.
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Ranade said, "I offer my humble greetings and deep gratitude for nominating me as
the awardee. Today's award being given by the auspicious hands and heavenly
blessings of Param Pujaya Morari Bapuji makes it really precious".
Shri Aunpam Mishra, founder member of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, is working
to bridge the gap between modern water management technology and India's heritage
of water harvesting. Shri Mishra has been recognized for his outstanding work for
Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development. Shri Anupam Mishra
said, "I am grateful to Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation for this award. I pray to god that He
makes us worthy of this honor".
Shri Ramesh Bhaiya, an ardent follower and a devotee of Acharya Vinoba Bhave,
with a vision to uplift and empower the rural people, he along with his wife Smt
Vimla Bahan, set up Vinoba Seva Ashram in 1980 in a small village in Bartara, UP.
They have jointly contributed immensely worked towards education, self reliance,
healthcare, women empowerment in rural India. Shri Ramesh Bhaiya and Smt. Vimla
Bahan are joint recipients of the Award for outstanding contribution in the field of
Constructive Work. According to them, "This award is a proof that there are
organizations even in today's age that value work done silently at grass root level. It
is indeed motivating. The blessing in the form of this award will inspire us and give
us more strength to carry on this important work".
The award for the promotion of Gandhian Values outside India was given to Agus
Indra Udayana, who has been since a decade actively engaged in promoting
Gandhian values in Indonesia through his four ashrams in Bali and Lombok based on
the principles of non-violence, truth and humanitarianism. Commenting on the
occasion he said, "I feel deeply honored to have received this acknowledgement from
Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. Through our ashrams in Bali we have been constantly
and steadfastly promoting the Gandhian values through participation in various
seminars, workshops, competitions, camps, interfaith dialogue and prayers".
He further added, "It has been a satisfying experience to have Gandhi as inspiration
as the local people have benefited tremendously from his ideologies and the services
and teachings of the Ashram in the areas of brotherhood, self reliance and
The total number of nominations received so far for these 4 Awards are 4,953
including 85 for this year. This year, 74 people from the country sent their
recommendations, sponsoring 35 names for the award for constructive work, 17
names for the award for application of science and technology for rural development
and 22 names for the award for development and welfare of women and children. 11
people from various countries were nominated for the International Award.
The two awards, recognition in the field of constructive work and the award for
application of science and technology for rural development were instituted in 1978.
The award for the Development and Welfare of Women and Children was introduced
in 1980. The International Award was instituted in 1988 in commemoration of the
birth centenary of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj.
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A brief account of the life and work of each winner of the 2011 Awards is enclosed.
About Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation
Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation was established in 1977 in the memory of Jamnalal Bajaj,
a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. The foundation strives to serve the ideals to
which Jamnalal Bajaj had dedicated his life and promotes the kind of Gandhian
constructive activities in which he himself was deeply involved during his life-time.
The four awards instituted by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation are presented annually
with an objective to recognize and suitably reward the efforts of men and women
who have dedicated their life to Gandhian constructive work and ideals, which
Jamnalal Bajaj had cherished all his life.
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