Prakash Amte

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Dr. Prakash Amte
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Prakash Amte with a rescued owl at his animal shelter.
Born 26th dec 1948
Anandwan, India
Website
www.lokbiradariprakalp.org

Prakash Amte (Marathi: प्रकाश मुरलीधर आमटे) is a medical doctor and social worker from Maharashtra, India. Son of Magsaysay awardee and legend Baba Amte, he and his wife, Dr. Mandakini Amte were awarded the Magsaysay Award for 'Community Leadership' [1] in 2008 for their philanthropic work in the form of the Lok Biradari Prakalp amongst the Madia Gonds in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Early life[edit]

He obtained a medical degree from GMC, Nagpur. His brother Vikas Amte, also a medical doctor, coordinates the activities at their father's ashram at Anandwan and manages the satellite projects and hospitals.

He has written marathi books like 'Prakashvata', 'Negal'.

Lok Biradari Prakalp[edit]

After completing his M.B.B.S. when he was studying for M.S. he was granted land by Maharashtra Govt. for his project. He left his M.S. and moved to Hemalkasa to start the Lok Biradari Prakalp in 1973, a project for the development of tribal people, most of whom were the Madia Gond in the forests of Gadchirolli district in 1973.[2] He lived and worked there without electricity, telephone etc. for almost twenty years and at times performed emergency surgical procedures without electricity. ( Interview to Raju Parulekar on Marathi TV channel ETV Marathi, Programme name Samvad) The project transformed into three things: a hospital, Lok Biradari Prakalp Davakhana, a residential school Lok Biradari Prakalp Ashram Shala and an orphanage for injured wild animals the Amte Animal Arc. It seeks to improve health and educational services for tribals in the area. Hemalkasa lies in a tribal belt and the project provides health care to about 40000 individuals annually. The Lok Biradari Prakalp Ashram School has over 600 students, residents and day scholars.[3]

A countryside that belongs to the rural folk. To the tribals; the very people for whom the Lok Biradari Prakalp was established by the revered Murlidhar Devidas Amte (Baba Amte) in December 1973. The eyes of the Baba light up at the mere mention of the project. The pride of successful service to the tribals by his son, shows in that gleam in his eyes.

Magsaysay award[edit]

He was awarded the Magsaysay Award for community leadership for 2008, jointly with wife Mandakini, his citation reads as follows:

enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today's India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions".[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Citation from the website of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation
  2. ^ Deshmukh, A (2002) Letter from Nagpur, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics10(2)Available online
  3. ^ Website of the Maharogi Sewa Samiti

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