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Murlidhar Devidas Amte , commonly known as Baba Amte ,  26 December — 9 February was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of people suffering from leprosy.
He has received numerous awards and prizes including the Padma Vibhushan , the Dr. He is also known as modern Gandhi of India. His father, Devidas Amte, was a British government officer working for the district administration and revenue collection departments. Amte was the eldest of eight children.
As the eldest son of a wealthy land owner, he had an idyllic childhood, filled with hunting and sports. By the time he was fourteen, he owned his own gun and hunted boar and deer.
When he was old enough to drive, he was given a Singer Sports car with cushions covered with panther skin. Though he was born in a wealthy family he was always aware of the class inequality that prevailed in Indian society. Trained in law, he developed a successful legal practice in Wardha. He spent some time at Sevagram , at the ashram started by Mahatma Gandhi and became a follower of Gandhism. He practiced Gandhism by engaging in yarn spinning using a charkha and wearing khadi.
When Gandhi got to know that Dr. In those days, people with leprosy suffered a social stigma and the society disowned these people. Amte strove to dispel the widespread belief that leprosy was highly contagious; he even allowed bacilli from a leper to be injected into him as part of an experiment aimed at proving that leprosy was not highly contagious.
Amte founded three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people and people from marginalised sections of the society in Maharashtra. On 15 August , he and his wife Sadhna Amte started a leprosy hospital in Anandvan under a tree. Amte devoted his life to many other social causes, most notably the Quit India movement to raise public awareness on the importance of ecological balance, wildlife preservation and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Amte married Indu Ghuleshastri later called Sadhanatai Amte. All four dedicated their lives to social work and causes similar to those of the senior Amte. Prakash and his wife Mandakini run a school and a hospital at Hemalkasa village in the underprivileged district of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra among the Madia Gond tribe, as well as an orphanage for injured wild animals, including a lion and some leopards.
She left her governmental medical and moved to Hemalkasa to start the projects after they married. Their two sons, Dr. Digant and Aniket also dedicated their lives to the same causes. Amte's elder son Vikas and his wife Bharati run the hospital at Anandwan and co-ordinate operations with satellite projects.
The Anandwan ashram is self-sufficient and has over 5, residents. Amte followed Gandhi 's way of life and led a spartan life. He wore khadi clothes made from the looms at Anandwan.
He believed in Gandhi's concept of a self-sufficient village industry that empowers seemingly helpless people, and successfully brought his ideas into practice at Anandwan. Using non-violent means, he played an important role in the struggle for the independence of India. However, Amte never disowned God. He used to say that if there are hundred thousands of universes then God must be very busy.
Let us do our work on our own. In , Amte left Anandwan for a while to live along the Narmada River and joined Narmada Bachao Andolan "Save Narmada" movement one of whose popular leaders was Medha Patkar , which fought against both unjust displacement of local inhabitants and damage to the environment due to the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river.
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Baba Amte- Life Achievement and Contribution as Social Activist
He was the founder of several ashrams and communities for the service of leprosy patients and other marginalized people that were shunned by society. To me, the man who does that is greater than any holy man in saffron-colored robes. The mechanic with the oilcan, that is my ideal in life. Baba Amte dedicated his life to various other social causes, notably wildlife preservation and his involvement in Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Prakash Baba Amte is a social worker from Maharashtra , India. Amte and his wife, Mandakini Amte , were awarded the Magsaysay Award for 'Community Leadership'  in for their philanthropic work in the form of the Lok Biradari Prakalp amongst the Madia Gonds in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and the neighbouring states of Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. Amte is the son of Magsaysay awardee Baba Amte. In , Amte moved to Hemalkasa to start the Lok Biradari Prakalp, a project for the development of tribal people, most of whom were the Madia Gond in the forests of Gadchiroli district.
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