Rajiv Gandhi

Mr.  Rajiv Gandhi

  • 1988
  • Chief Guest
Born in Bombay. Son of Feroze and Indira Gandhi. Early education in Doon School. Went to Trinity College, Cambridge. Soon shifted to the Imperial College (London). Did a course in mechanical engineering. Politics did not interest him as a career. His greatest passion was flying. Obtained a commercial pilot's licence from Delhi and became a pilot with Indian Airlines. But after his brother Sanjay's death in an air crash in 1980 , pressures mounted on him to enter politics a .... Read More
S. Jagannathan

Mr. S. Jagannathan

  • 1988
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Like his wife Krishnammal, he too devoted himself to the Bhoodan and Gramdan movements in Tamil Nadu and contributed immensely to Jayaprakash Narayan's Total Revolution. Established Association of Sarva Seva Farms (ASSEFA) which made great headway in many States attempting an agro-based village development. All his work is enthused by Gandhiji's concept of Gram Swaraj - for a just and happy social order in villages. Pattaligal Pannai Ashram, Valivalam P.O. Dist. Thanjavur, T .... Read More
Krishnammal Jagannathan

Ms. Krishnammal Jagannathan

  • 1988
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Born in a dalit family. Took part in every Sarvodaya movement including Jayprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution. Dedicated whole life motivating and leading landless dalits to put up non-violent resistance for recovering their land illegally held by landlords. Established Land for Tillers' Freedom (LAFTI), an organization to implement a viable alternative viz. purchase the land from the landlords with the help of bank loans, distribute it equitably among the landless dalit and then or .... Read More
Ishwarbhai Patel

Mr.  Ishwarbhai Patel

  • 1988
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
As Principal of Safai Vidyalaya, Ahmedabad, he has worked tirelessly for popularizing cleaner and more hygienic sanitation devices to improve sanitation in rural areas. Though not a qualified scientist or a technician, the models developed by him for rural sanitation are truly scientific and have been approved as such by International Council of Societies for Industrial Design. Director Environmental Sanitation Institute, Near Narmada Main Canal, Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar Highwa .... Read More
Malati Devi Choudhuri

Ms. Malati Devi Choudhuri

  • 1988
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children
Born in Calcutta. Resigned her membership of the Constituent Assembly and went to a distant corner of Orissa to work for the uplift and welfare of women and children. Similarly, instead of joining a college, she opted for higher education in Shantiniketan under the guidance of Rabindranath Tagore. Has been applying the Gandhian ideas of Basic Education. Has built necessary infrastructure – a Primary School, a post- basic school with advanced craft training centre, a vocational training .... Read More
Pierre Parodi

Mr. Pierre Parodi

  • 1988
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
Born in France. The First Recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award. Received his initial induction of Gandhian thought from Lanza Del Vesto (Shantidas). As a member of the Ark Community used his intellectual and physical capacities to promote the cause of peace, non violence, brotherhood and fundamental humanism inherent in all religions. The Ark Community represents an alternative to the Western lifestyle. Acquired international fame for establishing a model of Gandhian work in So .... Read More