Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama)

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama)

  • 1995
  • Chief Guest
Born as Lhamo Dhondrub in Taktser village in northeastern Tibet to a peasant family. Recognized at the age of two as an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. The enthronement ceremony as spiritual leader of the Tibetan people took place in 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Took his Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy when 25. Called upon to assume full political power, in 1950, as head of the State and Government after People's Liberation Army invaded Tibet. His effort .... Read More
Kashinath Trivedi

Mr. Kashinath Trivedi

  • 1995
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
A veteran Gandhian and a freedom fighter. Started as a teacher. After coming in contact with Gandhiji in 1925, joined the Sabarmati Ashram as co-editor in Hindi Navjivan. Moved to Wardha in 1935 and was Hindi teacher, Secretary and Principal of Mahila Ashram. Got involved in Nai Talim work. Suffered imprisonment for 25 months. Agitated for people's rights and responsible government in the princely state of Barwani. Worked actively to establish communal harmony following the riots afte .... Read More
G. Muniratnam

Mr. G. Muniratnam

  • 1995
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
Organized, when just 15, a chain of children's clubs known as Balananda Sanghams for the integrated development of poor children in rural areas. Also established a large number of maternity care centres in the rural areas of Chittoor District. Established the Krishi Vigyan Kendra under the auspices of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Improvement of productivity of land in dry areas through introduction of high yielding varieties of food crops, pulses and oilseeds, multiple .... Read More
Vimla Bahuguna

Ms. Vimla Bahuguna

  • 1995
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children
Was a Sarvodaya worker and participated in the Bhoodan Movement in Bihar in 1953-55. After marriage to Mr. Sunderlal Bahuguna, she continued to live in the villages as a householder, collecting wood from the forests and attending to the household chores, as also an activist educating children and inculcating a sense of self-confidence among the women. Started a drive for prohibition and went to jail. Inspired the common village women to join the Chipko movement and the prohibition cam .... Read More

Ms. Kamala

  • 1995
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
An American, born in Wisconsin as Sally Slack. Studied in France, New York (Bachelor of Arts) and Maryland. Master's Degree with Honors in Special Education. Settled in Washington in 1968 identifying with the ideals of the Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism and the Gandhi Memorial Foundation. Taught for 5 years in Maryland in the poorest sections of the District of Columbia. Is Administrative President, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation and the Director of the Gandhi M .... Read More