Baba Amte ’s 104th Birthday
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Google doodle honors Baba Amte who has another name as Father Amte. He is an Indian social worker and activist. His full name is Murlidhar Devidas Amte. He is affectionately called as Baba Amte or Father Amte. Baba Amte dedicated his entire life to serve the people who are infected with leprosy. Google doodle team have come up with a slide show that shows how he helped the needy and the leprosy afflicted persons.
Baba Amte – Early Life:
Baba Amte was born on this day in the year 1914, in a well to do family in Maharashtra, India. 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 by his parents since childhood. His parents lovingly called him ‘Baba’ and the name stuck with him.
At a very young age, Baba Amte owned a gun. He enjoyed a great luxury life. In his teens, he would hunt wild animals, play sports and drive luxury cars. He was very good at studies. He completed law and had his own firm in his early 20s. Even though he is from a rich family, Amte know the inequalities that was present in India throughout his childhood.
At the age of 30, he left his law practice and decided to work for the people who are underprivileged. After he started his mission, he got to see Indu Ghuleshastri. She impressed him by her kindness to an elderly servant. They married very soon. Amte soon had a turning point in his life. Read more on the Google Doodle page.
Baba Amte – Turning Point of his life:
He had to meet a person suffering from leprosy. Baba Amte saw the person suffering as his body was decaying. And something more he can see was the fear inside the person. Amte decided to get rid of the fear from him. He felt people doesn’t only have Physical Leprosy but also mental leprosy. This makes people to fear. The greatest fear of a leprosy afflicted person is not about losing his limbs or arms but about losing the kindness and compassion that he previously got.
Baba Amte dedicated himself so much that he injected himself with bacilli to prove that it is not highly contagious. He wished to defy the social stigmas faced by the leprosy people. What a great man he is! Who would get the courage to do this? He has injected a kind of poison to himself! In the year 1949, he established Anandwan which means Foresst of Bliss. It made it a self- sufficient village and a rehabilitation center for the leprosy patients.
He settled with his wife in a labour ashram, then studied leprosy at the Kolkata. School of Tropical Medicine, and in 1951 founded Anandvan, an ashram dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients.
Today Anandwan has evolved into something rather special. 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.
Baba Amte – A true Patriot:
He was influenced by the words and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and left his successful law practice to join India’s struggle for independence. Baba Amte dedicated his life to serving humanity and he moved forward with the motto “Work Builds; Charity Destroys”.
Baba Amte is hailed as the last of the true followers of Gandhi’s philosophy. He not only internalised the philosophies directed by the Mahatma, but also embraced the Gandhian way of life. He inherited the Mahatma’s spirit of standing up for injustice in society and serving the downtrodden classes. Like Gandhi, Baba Amte was a trained lawyer who initially sought a career in law. 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. See also: The work of Baba Amte, recognized by the International Leprosy Association.
Baba Amte believed the importance of National Unity. To emphasis the importance of National Unity held the first Knit India March in 1985. When he was 72 years old, he walked from Kanyakumari to Kashmir which was more than 3,000 miles. At the time of conflict, he along with 100 men and 16 women all under the age of 35. His second march was for three years. He traveled over 1800 miles from Assam to Gujarat.
Baba Amte – Honors and Last days:
It is very hard to leave the work of Baba Amte to go unrecognized. In the year 1971 he received Padma Shri Award, the 1988 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, and the 1999 Gandhi Peace Prize. For his humanitarian work, he received a number of prestigious awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1985. Something again great is his two sons follow his work and making his legacy live.
In 2007, Baba Amte was diagnosed with leukemia. After suffering for more than a year, Amte left his mortal body on 9 February, 2008 at Anandwan. Many renowned people from across the world offered their condolence at the death of the great soul. The body of Baba Amte’s burial was with tears and not cremated. Maharashtra gave Amte a state funeral.
Happy Birthday Baba Amte!