Ramon Magsaysay Award

Ravish Kumar has been awarded with Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019 for giving voice to the voiceless.  The Award is also referred as the “Nobel Prize of Asia”. Let’s looks at the history of the Awards and also the Indian recipients of the Award.

  • The Ramon Magsaysay Award, is the highest honour given to individuals and Organisations of Asia, and celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.
  • In the past six decades, the award has been bestowed on over three hundred outstanding men, women and organizations whose selfless service has offered their societies, Asia, and the world successful solutions to some of the most intractable problems of human development.
  • The Award was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government.
  • The award was instituted in the memory of, Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines after World War II.

List of Indian Recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award: –

 

S.No.NameYear CategoryRemarks
1Vinobha Bhave1958Community LeadershipAwarded for Bhoodan movement
2C. D. Deshmukh1959Government ServicesHe introduced basic reforms, instituted the salutary practice of giving annually a complete picture of the national economy, and also played a prominent role in international finance as India’s delegate to a series of monetary conferences.
3Amitabha Chowdhury1961Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his scrupulous and probing investigative reporting in protection of individual rights and community interests.
4Mother Teresa1962Peace and International UnderstandingFor her merciful cognizance of the abject poor of a foreign land, in whose service she has led a new congregation.
5Dara Khurody1963Community LeadershipFor his creative coordination of government and private enterprise to improve the supply of an essential food and sanitation in one of Asia’s largest and most crowded urban complexes and to raise living standards among village producers.
6Verghese  Kurien1963Community LeadershipFor his creative coordination of government and private enterprise to improve the supply of an essential food and sanitation in one of Asia’s largest and most crowded urban complexes and to raise living standards among village producers.
7Tribhuvandas Patel1963Community LeadershipFor his creative coordination of government and private enterprise to improve the supply of an essential food and sanitation in one of Asia’s largest and most crowded urban complexes and to raise living standards among village producers.
8Welthy Fisher1964Peace and International UnderstandingFor  her unstinting personal commitment to the cause of literacy in India and other Asian countries whose teachers have sought her guidance.
9Jayaprakash Narayan1965Public ServiceFor his constructive articulation of a public conscience for modern India.
10Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay1966Community LeadershipFor her enduring creativity with handicrafts and cooperatives, as in politics, art and the theater.
11Satyajit Ray1967Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his uncompromising use of the film as an art, drawing themes from his native Bengali literature to depict a true image of India.
12M. S. Swaminathan1971Community LeadershipFor his contributions as scientist, educator of both students and farmers, and administrator toward generating a new confidence in India’s agricultural capabilities.
13M.S. Subbalakshmi1974Public ServiceFor her exalting rendition of devotional song and magnanimous support of numerous public causes in India over four decades.
14Boobli George Verghese1975Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his superior developmental reporting of Indian society, balancing factual accounts of achievements, shortcomings and carefully-researched alternatives.

 

15Henning Holck-Larsen1976Peace and International UnderstandingFor his signal contribution towards India’s technical modernization, complementing industrialization with human concern.
16Ela Ramesh Bhatt1977Community LeadershipFor her making a reality of the Gandhian principle of self-help among the depressed work force of self-employed women.
17Mabelle Arole1979Community LeadershipFor creating a self-sustaining rural health and economic betterment movement in one of the poorer regions of West-Central India.
18Rajanikant Arole1979Community LeadershipFor creating a self-sustaining rural health and economic betterment movement in one of the poorer regions of West-Central India.
19Gour Kishore Gosh1981Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his sagacious courage and ardent humanism in defense of individual and press freedom amidst pressures and threats from left and right.
20Pramod Karan Sethi1981Community LeadershipFor developing the “Jaipur Foot”, an effective and inexpensive artificial limb that helped amputees from poor, rural communities to live normal and fulfilling lives.
21Chandi Prasad Bhatt1982Community LeadershipFor his inspiration and guidance of Chipko Andolan, a unique, predominantly women’s environmental movement, to safeguard wise use of the forest.
22Manibhai Desai1982Public ServiceFor his practical fulfillment of a vow made to Mahatma Gandhi 36 years ago to uplift, socially and economically, the poorest villagers.
23Arun Shourie1982Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor employing his pen as an effective adversary of corruption, inequality and injustice.
24R. K. Lakshman1984Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his incisive, witty, never malicious cartoons illuminating India’s political and social issues.
25Muralidhar Devidas  Amte (Baba Amte)1985Public ServiceFor his work-oriented rehabilitation of Indian leprosy patients and other handicapped outcasts.
26Lakshmi Chand Jain1989Public ServiceFor his informed and selfless commitment to attack India’s poverty at the grass-roots level.
27K.V. Subbanna1991Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor enriching rural Karnataka with the world’s best films and the delight and wonder of the living stage.
28Ravi Shankar1992Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor enriching India and the world with his sublime mastery of the sitar and with music “that colors the mind.”
29Banoo Jehangir Coyaji1993Public ServiceFor mobilization of the resources of a modern urban hospital to bring better health and brighter hopes to Maharashtra’s rural women and their families.
30Kiran Bedi1994Government ServicesFor building confidence in India’s police through dynamic leadership and effective innovations in crime control, drug rehabilitation, and humane prison reform.
31Pandurang Shastri Athavale1996Community leadershipFor tapping the ancient wellsprings of Hindu civilization to inspire spiritual renewal and social transformation in modern India.
32T. N. Seshan1996Government ServicesFor his resolute actions to bring order, fairness, and integrity to elections in India, the world’s largest democracy.
33Maheshweta Devi1997Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor her compassionate crusade through art and activism to claim for tribal peoples a just and honorable place in India’s national life.
34Jockin Arputham2000International UnderstandingFor extending the lessons of community building in India to Southeast Asia and Africa and helping the urban poor of two continents improve their lives by learning from one another.
35Aruna Roy2000Community LeadershipFor empowering Indian villagers to claim what is rightfully theirs by upholding and exercising the people’s right to information.
36Rajendra Singh2001Community LeadershipFor leading Rajasthani villagers in the steps of their ancestors to rehabilitate their degraded habitat and bring its dormant rivers back to life.
37Sandeep Pandey2002Emergent LeadershipFor empowering example of his commitment to the transformation of India’s marginalized poor.
38James Michael Lyngdoh2003Government ServicesFor convincing validation of free and fair elections as the foundation and best hope of secular democracy in strife-torn India
39Shantha Sinha2003Community LeadershipFor guiding the people of Andhra Pradesh to end the scourge of child labor and send all of their children to school.
40Lakshminarayan Ramdas2004Peace and International UnderstandingFor reaching across a hostile border to nurture a citizen-based consensus for peace between Pakistan and India.
41V. Shanta2005Public ServiceFor her leadership of Chennai’s Cancer Institute (WIA) as a center of excellence and compassion for the study and treatment of cancer in India.
42Arvind Kejriwal2006Emergent LeadershipFor leading the Right to Information movement in India.
43Palagummi Sainath2007Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication ArtsFor his passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s consciousness, moving the nation to action.
44Mandakini Amte2008Community Leadership

 

For enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today’s India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.
45Prakash Amte2008Community LeadershipFor enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today’s India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.
46Deep Joshi2009Community LeadershipFor his vision and leadership in bringing professionalism to the NGO movement in India by effectively combining ‘head’ and ‘heart’ in the transformative work of rural development.
47Nileema Mishra2011Emergent LeadershipFor her purpose-driven zeal to work tirelessly with villagers in Maharashtra, organizing them to successfully address both their aspirations and their adversities through collective action and heightened confidence in their potential to improve their own lives.
48Harish Hande2011Community LeadershipFor his passionate and pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through a social enterprise that brings customized, affordable, and sustainable electricity to India’s vast rural populace, encouraging the poor to become asset creators.
49Kulandei Francis2012Emergent LeadershipFor his profound faith in community energies, and his sustained programs in pursuing the holistic economic empowerment of thousands of women and their families in rural India.
50Anshu Gupta2015Emergent LeadershipFor his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.
51Sanjiv Chaturvedi2015Emergent LeadershipFor his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office, and his resolute crafting of program and system improvements to ensure that government honorably serves the people of India.
52Bezwada Wilson2016Community LeadershipFor his moral energy and prodigious skill in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India, reclaiming for the dalits the human dignity that is their natural birthright.
53Thodur Madabusi Krishna2016Emergent LeadershipFor his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions, breaking barriers of caste and class to unleash what music has to offer not just for some but for all
54Bharat Vatwani2018Community LeadershipFor his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India’s mentally-afflicted destitute, and his steadfast and magnanimous dedication to the work of restoring and affirming the human dignity of even the most ostracized in our midst.
55Sonam Wangchuk2018Community LeadershipFor his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, thus improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth, and his constructive engagement of all sectors in local society to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress, thus setting an example for minority peoples in the world.
56Ravish Kumar2019Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication ArtsFor his commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards; his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence; and his principled belief that it is in giving full and respectful voice to the voiceless, in speaking truth bravely yet soberly to power, that journalism fulfills its noblest aims to advance democracy.

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