Thursday, July 31, 2008

Prakash Amte--Gandhi's Soul Reborn?

Just the other day, I was with friends at my house ,in a sort of show ,put together by my friend Makarand Vaidya.The passion he had while presenting it was natural and obvious.'While the presentation was on,I had this feeling that...The soul that Prakash Amte has within should belong to a person like M K Gandhi 'The Mahatma''.Why was this feeling so strong?....
Reason One, I felt that these two people were so similar in what they did : Their ''straight forwardness '','simplicity, 'fearlessness', ''commitment'', ''sense of duty towards the needy and helpless humans'', their 'lifestyle', so much so that even their "appearance" was so similar, that the more I thought about it...I became convinced.
I had the humble Honour of meeting Dr Prakash Amte and his wife and staying with them. Infact Mrs Mandakini Amte and her daughter in law made sure that we celebrated 'Diwali' at Hemalkasa in their midst. Both of them made the ritualistic foods ;which are made in most homes during those days themselves and saw to that ,our short stay was a memorable one.Living cut off from the modern developed infrastructure and civilisaton, in adverse conditions,'come rains, heat or heavy weather and performing the difficult and most necessary service ,for the most deserving and unattended adivasi bretheren(Madia Gonds) in the most simplistic manner and such natural ease....made us an ''ashamed lot''.
Proving rightly to be the legal decendants of Baba Amte alongwith Sadhana Amte , Dr Prakash Amte and Dr. Madakini Amte...have been recognised by the World at large with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2008. Having seen them work and stayed with them I was so happy for them and the Lok Biradari people that my happiness knew no was sheer celebration of the ''victory of Faith and Hard dedicated work'' that was Blessed . It was as if I was one of the blessed ones too!
Dr Vikas Amte and Dr Bharati Amte,though not recognised in this award, very well are a part of this with equal honours.Maybe their work will be appreciated with another such Blessing in a different form. I am very well aware of thier work at ,''Ánandvan '' ,'Somnath'and ''Mulgavhan(Zari)'' that are the continuation of their persistant,committed zeal to emancipate from their misery,those, who are not so lucky as us.
The next(3rd ) generation also needs a big pat on their backs and support from us people,They are the fruits of the same Genre,Tree,Genus,(पिंड) it what you may. In this modern era, not getting distracted by the society that beckons the youth, with such varied "Lures" they are working with the same missionary zeal to fulfill the dreams seen by Baba Amte.

Many dedicated volunteers like Vilas & Renuka Manohar, Gopal & Prabha Phadnis, Dada & Baban Panchal, Jagan Machkale, Manohar & Sandhya Yempalwar etc. since then, have joined Lok Biradari Prakalp . Dr. Digant and Aniket sons of Prakash and Mandakini have also joined Lok Biradari Prakalp.

As my love towards this sacred work multiplies.......I only can re -dedicate myself to work towards lending my support to this ""Honourable Amte Family"' who bring great Laurels to Humanity at large and India in particular.

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