Krishan Kant

Mr. Krishan Kant

  • 2000
  • Chief Guest
Master of Science (Technology) from the Banaras Hindu University worked as a Scientist with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. Member of: Rajya Sabha, from 1966-1977 and Lok Sabha 1977-1980. Was the Editor of the Quarterly Journal "Science in Parliament". Held prominent offices in the Parliamentary and Organisational wings of Congress Party and later the Janata Party and the Janata Dal. Was a member of the Executive Council, for several years, .... Read More
Som Dutt Vedalankar

Mr. Som Dutt Vedalankar

  • 2000
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Graduated from Gurukul Kangri and obtained the degree of Vedalankar due to his proficiency and expertise in the study of Vedas. A veteran Gandhian, he was inspired by the call of Mahatma Gandhi and took a vow to wear khadi all his life. Became synonymous with the word ‘khadi’ is widely respected as the "Bhishma Pitamaha" in the Khadi world. Participated in Salt Satyagraha, and later in Non-cooperation and Quit India Movements; suffered imprisonment. In 1938, .... Read More
Bhaskar Hiraji Save

Mr. Bhaskar Hiraji Save

  • 2000
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
Contributed phenomenally in the sphere of organic farming. Practiced and developed natural and organic farming not only for its value but also for its profitability. Has also undertaken waste land reclamation. Is an environmentalist to the core. Has been awarded as 'Person of the Year' in 1993 by Limca Book of Records and 'Nisarga Bhushan' Prize in 1993 by Nisarga Pratisthan, Sangli. Lives at Umbergaun in Gujarat. Has developed a wonderful model of natural farming. Has .... Read More
Vidya Devi

Ms. Vidya Devi

  • 2000
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children
Joined the national movement at the age of 14; suffered imprisonment. Joined husband Shri Vrajanandan whom Gandhiji had picked up for the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Madras. Worked in the villages of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for making women conscious of their social and national responsibilities by persuading them to join the national movement through learning Hindi. Acclaimed as one of the best workers in the field of women's movement. Lived in Wardha for two years in 1 .... Read More
Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

  • 2000
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
Bachelor of Arts (South Africa) Master of Theology (England) Comes from humble origins; father - a school teacher and mother - a domestic servant. As a teenager, earned his pocket money by selling peanuts at suburban railroad stations and caddying at the Killarney golf course in Johannesburg. Took up teaching. Resigned in protest against the Government introducing a calculatedly second-class state-run system of "Bantu education" in 1957. Saw the Church as a likely means of s .... Read More