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Ramdevji Maharaj

Swami Ramdevji Maharaj

  • 2009
  • Chief Guest
Born as Ramkishan Yadav' in Said Alipur in the Mahendragarh district of Haryana. Suffered from paralysis as a child. Has stated that he was able to regain the full functionality of his body again through yoga. Studied Sanskrit and Yog in a gurukul. Eventually, assumed Sanyas (monastic living), taking his present name. Established the Divya Yog Mandir Trust in 1995. Conducts immensely popular TV programs with over 20 million regular viewers in several continents including Africa, Aust .... Read More
Lavanam

Shri Lavanam

  • 2009
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Shri Lavanam’s earliest work was as a young volunteer in the independence movement. Subsequently he came to be a part of Gandhiji’s Ashram in Sewagram. He worked with his father who conducted night classes for dalits and also organized social events where untouchables and higher caste people dined together. Thereafter, he joined the Bhoodan Movement of Vinobaji and toured with him extensively. He was with Vinobaji, and later with Jayaprakash Narayan during the historic surrend .... Read More
Ayyappa Masagi

Shri Ayyappa Masagi

  • 2009
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
Ayyappa Masagi began his experiments in water conservation in 1994, mainly to save his own farm. In 2002, he left his formal job and took up water literacy work full time. Shri Masagi invented several sub-soil water conservation catalysts in drought prone areas such as non irrigational sub-surface rain pits, stream water harvesting, sub-surface checks and underground lakes. Ayyappa Masagi developed several innovative, cost effective, easily replicable, sub-surface water conservation struc .... Read More
Jaya Arunachalam

Dr. Jaya Arunachalam

  • 2009
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children
Graduate in Economics / Geography; Diploma in Management (USA); Honorary Doctorate from Germany Dr. Jaya Arunachalam is the President of Working Women’s Forum (WWF), a social organization initiated in 1978 to develop the human resource potential of poor women workers. The forum which started with 800 women, is now a social movement of over 11 lakh women, spread over more than 5000 villages and slums. The forum’s success lies in its innovative attempt to integrate poor women in .... Read More
Charles Peter Dougherty

Rev. Fr. Charles Peter Dougherty

  • 2009
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
B.A. Philosophy – Detroit (1957); B.A. Theology – Plymouth (1961); M.A. Education – University of Detroit (1966); M.A. Psychology – University of Detroit (1972). Reverend Father Charles Peter Dougherty is a Catholic priest, peace activist and specialist in non-violence. Father Dougherty’s peace and justice work began dramatically in 1970, when he became a campus minister at Eastern Michigan University in Michigan. The Vietnam War was on. Many yo .... Read More