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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. Name Year Category Remarks
1 Vinobha Bhave 1958 Community Leadership Awarded for Bhoodan movement
2 C. D. Deshmukh 1959 Government Services He 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.
3 Amitabha Chowdhury 1961 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his scrupulous and probing investigative reporting in protection of individual rights and community interests.
4 Mother Teresa 1962 Peace and International Understanding For her merciful cognizance of the abject poor of a foreign land, in whose service she has led a new congregation.
5 Dara Khurody 1963 Community Leadership For 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.
6 Verghese  Kurien 1963 Community Leadership For 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.
7 Tribhuvandas Patel 1963 Community Leadership For 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.
8 Welthy Fisher 1964 Peace and International Understanding For  her unstinting personal commitment to the cause of literacy in India and other Asian countries whose teachers have sought her guidance.
9 Jayaprakash Narayan 1965 Public Service For his constructive articulation of a public conscience for modern India.
10 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay 1966 Community Leadership For her enduring creativity with handicrafts and cooperatives, as in politics, art and the theater.
11 Satyajit Ray 1967 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his uncompromising use of the film as an art, drawing themes from his native Bengali literature to depict a true image of India.
12 M. S. Swaminathan 1971 Community Leadership For his contributions as scientist, educator of both students and farmers, and administrator toward generating a new confidence in India’s agricultural capabilities.
13 M.S. Subbalakshmi 1974 Public Service For her exalting rendition of devotional song and magnanimous support of numerous public causes in India over four decades.
14 Boobli George Verghese 1975 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his superior developmental reporting of Indian society, balancing factual accounts of achievements, shortcomings and carefully-researched alternatives.

 

15 Henning Holck-Larsen 1976 Peace and International Understanding For his signal contribution towards India’s technical modernization, complementing industrialization with human concern.
16 Ela Ramesh Bhatt 1977 Community Leadership For her making a reality of the Gandhian principle of self-help among the depressed work force of self-employed women.
17 Mabelle Arole 1979 Community Leadership For creating a self-sustaining rural health and economic betterment movement in one of the poorer regions of West-Central India.
18 Rajanikant Arole 1979 Community Leadership For creating a self-sustaining rural health and economic betterment movement in one of the poorer regions of West-Central India.
19 Gour Kishore Gosh 1981 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his sagacious courage and ardent humanism in defense of individual and press freedom amidst pressures and threats from left and right.
20 Pramod Karan Sethi 1981 Community Leadership For developing the “Jaipur Foot”, an effective and inexpensive artificial limb that helped amputees from poor, rural communities to live normal and fulfilling lives.
21 Chandi Prasad Bhatt 1982 Community Leadership For his inspiration and guidance of Chipko Andolan, a unique, predominantly women’s environmental movement, to safeguard wise use of the forest.
22 Manibhai Desai 1982 Public Service For his practical fulfillment of a vow made to Mahatma Gandhi 36 years ago to uplift, socially and economically, the poorest villagers.
23 Arun Shourie 1982 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For employing his pen as an effective adversary of corruption, inequality and injustice.
24 R. K. Lakshman 1984 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his incisive, witty, never malicious cartoons illuminating India’s political and social issues.
25 Muralidhar Devidas  Amte (Baba Amte) 1985 Public Service For his work-oriented rehabilitation of Indian leprosy patients and other handicapped outcasts.
26 Lakshmi Chand Jain 1989 Public Service For his informed and selfless commitment to attack India’s poverty at the grass-roots level.
27 K.V. Subbanna 1991 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For enriching rural Karnataka with the world’s best films and the delight and wonder of the living stage.
28 Ravi Shankar 1992 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For enriching India and the world with his sublime mastery of the sitar and with music “that colors the mind.”
29 Banoo Jehangir Coyaji 1993 Public Service For mobilization of the resources of a modern urban hospital to bring better health and brighter hopes to Maharashtra’s rural women and their families.
30 Kiran Bedi 1994 Government Services For building confidence in India’s police through dynamic leadership and effective innovations in crime control, drug rehabilitation, and humane prison reform.
31 Pandurang Shastri Athavale 1996 Community leadership For tapping the ancient wellsprings of Hindu civilization to inspire spiritual renewal and social transformation in modern India.
32 T. N. Seshan 1996 Government Services For his resolute actions to bring order, fairness, and integrity to elections in India, the world’s largest democracy.
33 Maheshweta Devi 1997 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For her compassionate crusade through art and activism to claim for tribal peoples a just and honorable place in India’s national life.
34 Jockin Arputham 2000 International Understanding For 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.
35 Aruna Roy 2000 Community Leadership For empowering Indian villagers to claim what is rightfully theirs by upholding and exercising the people’s right to information.
36 Rajendra Singh 2001 Community Leadership For leading Rajasthani villagers in the steps of their ancestors to rehabilitate their degraded habitat and bring its dormant rivers back to life.
37 Sandeep Pandey 2002 Emergent Leadership For empowering example of his commitment to the transformation of India’s marginalized poor.
38 James Michael Lyngdoh 2003 Government Services For convincing validation of free and fair elections as the foundation and best hope of secular democracy in strife-torn India
39 Shantha Sinha 2003 Community Leadership For guiding the people of Andhra Pradesh to end the scourge of child labor and send all of their children to school.
40 Lakshminarayan Ramdas 2004 Peace and International Understanding For reaching across a hostile border to nurture a citizen-based consensus for peace between Pakistan and India.
41 V. Shanta 2005 Public Service For her leadership of Chennai’s Cancer Institute (WIA) as a center of excellence and compassion for the study and treatment of cancer in India.
42 Arvind Kejriwal 2006 Emergent Leadership For leading the Right to Information movement in India.
43 Palagummi Sainath 2007 Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts For his passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s consciousness, moving the nation to action.
44 Mandakini Amte 2008 Community Leadership

 

For enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today’s India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.
45 Prakash Amte 2008 Community Leadership For enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today’s India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions.
46 Deep Joshi 2009 Community Leadership For 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.
47 Nileema Mishra 2011 Emergent Leadership For 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.
48 Harish Hande 2011 Community Leadership For 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.
49 Kulandei Francis 2012 Emergent Leadership For 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.
50 Anshu Gupta 2015 Emergent Leadership For 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.
51 Sanjiv Chaturvedi 2015 Emergent Leadership For 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.
52 Bezwada Wilson 2016 Community Leadership For 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.
53 Thodur Madabusi Krishna 2016 Emergent Leadership For 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
54 Bharat Vatwani 2018 Community Leadership For 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.
55 Sonam Wangchuk 2018 Community Leadership For 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.
56 Ravish Kumar 2019 Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts For 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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