New Delhi, Apr 3 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Ex-Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi and physician Binayak Sen were recently awarded Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar for their contributions towards society.
The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) recently honoured individuals from different walks of life with the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar for treading that extra mile with the commitment to bring about a change in the society and championing the cause of equity, humanity, social justice and human welfare.
The award ceremony was presided over by Swami Shantatmananda Maharaj of the Delhi branch of Ramakrishna Mission in the presence of Malay Chaudhuri, Founder Director – IIPM and Chairman, IIPM Awards Committee.
[ReviewAZON asin=”0893892580″ display=”inlinepost”]The award, consisting of a prize money of Rs 5 lac, a gold medal and a citation, was bestowed upon Kiran Bedi, Ilina Sen, Binayak Sen, Prakash Kaur, retired Justice V R Krishna Iyer and former Chief Election Commissioner of India, T N Seshan.
Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhuri commented, “In the absence of National Economic Planning in India, social welfare and poverty alleviation programmes are never successful – leading to criminalisation of the society by the rich and the corrupt.”
He congratulated the various awardees for their commitment towards their goal in ensuring equity, social justice and humanity.
Thanking IIPM for the award, Kiran Bedi said, “The common factor for all the awardees is total dedication, commitment, remarkable focus, absolute energy and values taught by their parents.”
She further urged the IIPM students to join hands against corruption and inspired them to work for the poor at the grass-root level.
Prakash Kaur received an award for her dedication to the noble but onerous mission of rescuing unwanted and unclaimed newborn girls and giving them a secure home and future.
Speaking on behalf of her, her associate commented, “She has been working selflessly for these abandoned girl children irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or colour.”
Ilina Sen and Binayak Sen were awarded for their tireless work in restoring human rights in Chhattisgarh and for ensuring social justice for the tribals.
Sen has been jailed for his alleged Maoist links but hailed by many as a person working tirelessly for the down-trodden.
In the absence of Sen, Ilina Sen received his award along with hers.
She said, “I thank IIPM for the awards and I strongly hope that our struggle for social justice in Chattisgarh and other parts of the country would produce the required results.”
Retired Justice V R Krishna Iyer, who is over 96 years of age, could not make it to the award function, although, the award was received on his behalf by Vinod Sethi, Secretary General of Capital Foundation Society, a very close associate of his for several years.
T N Seshan, who was awarded for his commitment in bringing about electoral reforms and reinstating the confidence of the electorate for the democratic process, also could not be present at the award ceremony because of ill-health.
He however conveyed his acceptance in a mailed message, “I consider that this is recognition of the vital role of democracy in the country…Thank you for selecting me. I accept the award with humility.”
Congratulating all the recipients, Arindam Chaudhuri, Honorary Director, IIPM Think Tank stated, “Our focus should not be the survival of the fittest, but for the survival of the weakest.”
“Unfortunately, in our society exploitation of the weakest by the powerful and the corrupt marginalizes the weaker section further. With a non-functional judicial system and an equally inefficient policing system, the real criminals are always outside the prisons, while those who cannot manage the money required for their bail are left to stale inside,” he said.