Mandakini Amte

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Dr. Mandakini Amte
Nationality Indian
Education MBBS
Post-graduate Diploma in Anesthesia
Alma mater Government Medical College (Nagpur)
Occupation Social worker
Years active 1973 - present
Known for Lok Biradari Prakalp
Spouse(s) Prakash Amte
Children Dr. Digant Amte
Aniket Amte
Arti Amte
Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award 2008

Mandakini Amte popularly known as Manda Amte is a medical doctor and social worker from Maharashtra, India. She along with her husband, Dr. Prakash 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. She is the daughter-in-law of Baba Amte.[2][3][4]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Mandakini Amte was born as Mandakini Deshpande in a family with staunch VHP background. Her father was a hard-core RSS man. She had completed her MBBS from Nagpur & later decided to do her post-graduation in Anesthesia. Prakash, her future husband, was a surgeon and that’s how they met. They worked together in the same operation theatre. Their values matched and they gelled well.

Her father was dead opposed to her marriage with Dr. Prakash Amte as he feared that it meant, she would have to live among lepers, which was a taboo then. Baba Amte called her over to Anandwan and asked if she was ready to live with Dr. Prakash in a jungle for the rest of her life. When she assured Baba Amte, consent to marriage was given & they got married.[5]

Magsaysay award[edit]

Dr. Mandakini Amte & her husband Dr. Prakash were jointed awarded the Magsaysay Award for community leadership for 2008, her citation reads as follows:[6][7]

"In electing Prakash Amte and Mandakini Amte to receive the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, the board of trustees recognizes their enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today's India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.

Commemorative stamp[edit]

The Principality of Monaco brought out a postage stamp in honour of the life and work of Dr. Prakash and Dr. Mandakini in 1995 - just as they had done for Dr.Albert Schweitzer in 1955. This was only the second time that the Kingdom of Monaco brought out a stamp to honour a foreigner for their humanitarian work.

A French couple, Mr. Guy and Dr. Greet Barthelemy, who had worked with Dr. Schweitzer in the early fifties, visited the project in 1992. They were moved to see the similarity of conditions at Hemalkasa and those in Africa where Dr. Schweitzer worked. And when he received the Nobel Prize in 1954, Prince Rainier III of Monaco released a postal stamp in his appreciation. This French couple went back and appealed to the Prince of Monaco to publish a postal stamp to honour Amtes, and published the stamp in their name in 1995.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Citation from the website of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation
  2. ^ "My father was against our marriage". Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Prakash & Mandakini Amte". Outlook: The Web Edition. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Event at the Hilt – Meet the Real Heroes: Doctor Prakash Amte and Doctor Manda Amte". Chandler's Ford Today. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "'My father was against our marriage'". Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Amte, Prakash | CITATION". © Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Magsaysay award for Amte couple". HT Media Limited. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Dr. Prakash and Dr. Mrs. Mandakini Amte - International Awards - Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services - 2009-2010". Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  9. ^ "VILLAGES SANS FRONTIERES - Hemalkasa - Lok Biradari Prakalp (Fraternité entre les peuples)". VILLAGES SANS FRONTIERES c/o LAZE - Quartier Lasbordes 64270 SALIES-DE-BEARN. Retrieved 14 March 2016.