Baba Amte was an Indian social activist best remembered for his work for rehabilitation of leprosy patients. This biography of Baba Amte. Murlidhar Devidas Amte, known by the name ‘Baba Amte’ was a social activist and an Indian social worker. He is remembered for his work in empowerment and . Born in , Murlidhar grew up in an affluent household and became a lawyer. Amte, who was now called ‘Baba’ (father), named the place Anandwan.
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Murlidhar Devidas Amte, better known as Baba Amte was an Indian social worker and activist who worked for the empowerment of poor suffering from leprosy. From a child born with a silver spoon, Baba Amte dedicated his biograpyy to serve the downtrodden people of the society. He was influenced by the words and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and left his successful law practice to join India’s struggle for independence. Babx Amte formed Anandwan Forest of Joyto serve the people suffering from leprosy.
For his humanitarian work, he received a number of prestigious awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award in He was the eldest son of Devidas and Laxmibai Amte. His father Devidas was a powerful bureaucrat with the pre-independence British administration and a wealthy landowner in the Wardha district.
Being the first child of an affluent family, Muralidhar was born amidst much affection and was never denied a single thing qmte his parents since childhood. At a very young age, Baba Amte owned a gun and used to hunt wild boar and deer. Later, he went on to own an expensive sports car, cushioned with panther skin.
He set up a law practice in his native town which soon became successful. InBaba Amte married Sadhana Guleshastri. She was also a believer of humanity and always amet Baba Amte in his social work.
She was popularly known as Sadhnatai. He not only internalised the philosophies directed by the Biogrzphy, but also embraced the Gandhian way of life. Like Gandhi, Baba Amte was a trained lawyer who initially sought a career in law.
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Later, just like Gandhi, he was moved by the plight of the poor and ignored people of his country and dedicated his life to their betterment. In search of his true calling, Baba Amte relinquished his ceremonial dress and started working with the rag-pickers and sweepers for some time in Chandrapura district.
He later focussed his attention towards serving patients suffering with leprosy and spent most of his life aiming to provide better treatment facilities as well as social awareness towards the disease. He participated in almost all major movements led by Mahatma Gandhi and organised lawyers to take up defence of the jailed leaders all over India during the Quit India Movement.
Baba Amte was moved by the plight and social injustice that leprosy patients faced in Indian society. Suffering from a dreadful disease, they were discriminated against and driven out of the society, which often lead to death due to lack of treatment. Baba Amte set out to work against this belief and create awareness for the disease to banish misconceptions.
After pursuing a leprosy orientation course at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Baba Amte started out on his mission along with his wife, two sons and 6 leprosy patients.
He set up 11 weekly clinics and founded 3 ashrams for the treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and people disabled due to the disease. He worked tirelessly to relive patients from pain, with himself attending to them in the clinics. To bust several myths and misconceptions about leprosy being highly contagious he injected himself with the bacilli from a patient.
He vociferously spoke against marginalisation of the patients and their treatment as social outcasts. Inhe started working babz building the Anandwan, an ashram dedicated towards helping leprosy patients.
From under a tree into a acre campus inthe Anandwan ashram now houses two hospitals, a university, an orphanage and even a school for the blind. Today Anandwan has evolved into something rather special.
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It not only includes patients suffering from leprosy, or disabled thereof, it supports people with other physical disabilities as well as several environmental refugees. Being the largest community of differently-abled people in the world, Anandwan strives to instil a sense of dignity and pride among its inhabitants by building up their self-worth. As a community, the inhabitants work towards maintaining a self-sustainable system, by cultivation and crafts providing the necessary economical backbone.
The project involved building of a hospital for the indigenous tribes in the area to provide them with basic healthcare. They also built a school with hostel facility for children to provide education and a centre, teaching livelihood skills and training to the adults. There is also a special project, the animal orphanage, which takes in and cares for the young animals orphaned by the hunting activities of the local tribes.
His goal was to spread a message of peace and unity, unifying the country against communal violence raging across the length and breadth. Amte, along with of his young followers, embarked on a 5, km journey starting at Kanyakumari and ending in Kashmir.
The march inspired much enthusiasm, re-infusing the countrymen with a sense of oneness. While leaving Anandvan Baba said, “I am leaving to live along the Narmada.
Narmada will linger on the lips of the nation as a symbol of all struggles against social injustice. Baba wanted the youth to enlighten themselves with knowledge so that they can understand the meaning and importance of India’s freedom.
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Baba had once said, “We must try to understand this power contained in the roots of trees. Only when you will understand this phenomenon, will you find the courage to embrace adventure and perform what needs to be done.
Those who want to bring about creative revolution must fully understand this root phenomenon. InBaba Amte was diagnosed with leukemia. After suffering for more than a year, Amte left his mortal body on 9 February, at Anandwan. Many renowned people from across the world offered their condolence at the death of the great soul. The body of Baba Amte was buried and not cremated. He was awarded the Padma Shree in and the Padma Vibhushan in He was a proud recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in for his work with leprosy patients and Welfare of the disabled award in for his endevours in Anandwan.
He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in for his humanitarian activism and the Templeton Prize in Both these international awards brought him worldwide acclaim. He was amtr the Gandhi Peace Prize in along with 10 million rupees wmte reward which he directed towards his projects.
His humanitarian projects have been carried forward by his sons, Dr. Vikash Amte and Dr. Vikas is the chief functionary at Amet while Dr. Prakash is associated with the proceedings of the Lok Biradri projects in Hemalkasa. By using this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed.