|Awarded by Government of Karnataka|
|Description||Awarded for contributions towards social reform and social change.|
|Cash award||Rs. 1 million|
|First awardee(s)||Saraswathi Gora|
|Last awardee(s)||[Medha Patkar]|
Basava Puraskara is an award conferred by the Government of Karnataka. The award is presented on the basis of an individuals contribution for social reforms and social change and work for bringing about religious harmony.
The Basava Puraskara is a national award. The award comprises Rs. 1 million, a memento and a citation.
|S.No||Name||Birth / death||Awarded||Notes|
|1.||Smt.Saraswathi Gora||1912 - 2006||2000||Social worker, humanist, crusader for social equality from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Co-Founder of the Atheist Centre.|
|2.||Dr. H. Narasimhaiah||1921 - 2005||2001||Noted Gandhian, rationalist, freedom fighter, physicist and former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University from Karnataka.|
|3.||Pandit. Puttaraj Gawai||1914 - 2010||2002||Social worker, Musician and Saint from Gadag, Karnataka.|
|4.||Smt. S.G.Susheelamma||2003||Social worker and President of Sumangali Seva Ashram, Karnataka.|
|5.||Prof. L. Basavaraju||1919-2012||2005||Professor and Writer|
|6.||President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam||1931-2015||2006||Scientist, Former President of India|
|7.||Sri Shivakumar Swamiji||b. 1907||2007||Pontiff of the Siddaganga Matha|
|8.||Dr. Vijaya Mahantappa Swamiji||2008||Pontiff of Chittaragi Sri Vijaya Mahantheshwara Math, Ilkal, Bagalkot.|
|9.||D. Javare Gowda||b. 1918||2010||Kannada Writer, Scholar and Educationist|
|10.||U.R.Anantha Murthy||1932-2014||2013||Writer, Activist and Jnanpith awardee.|
Medha Patkar was awarded this prestigious award in 2010 for excellence in service in the social sector, which she later rejected citing Karnataka government's inability to take action on the mining scam and resolve the Lokayukta controversy.
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