1985 Recipient, Development and Welfare of Women and Children Award
Adivasi children are little kings of the jungle. Be it hot sun, or cold, or heavy rains, they move about in the jungle freely; they climb up the trees, jump about, scale up the mountains and come down speedily. They swim in the river, catch fish, hunt birds. They run behind hares and deers, can eat even raw fruits. By the very nature, they are fearless, always smiling. They have sharp eyes and strong brains and are used to self-help. Really speaking, they are a treasure of precious gems; but a hidden treasure, unpolished. We have to cut and polish these gems so that they can shine.
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