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Assamese Gandhian Rabindra Nath Upadhyay bags 2006 National Communal Harmony Award
New Delhi | January 26, 2007 6:11:14 PM IST
 
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Noted Assamese Gandhian Rabindra Nath Upadhyay has been awarded the National Communal Harmony Award for the year 2006 in the individual category, while the Institute for Socialist Education has been awarded in the organization category.

Upadhyay, who hails from Baksa in Assam, is an octogenarian Gandhian and a distinguished freedom fighter. He was the front ranking leader in Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan movement and made his mark as an eminent social worker fighting for the cause of socio-economic upliftment of the people at large.

He still works towards national integration in the North Eastern region, creating an atmosphere of peace and harmony and fostering unity in some of the communally disturbed areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura.

His creation Tamulpur Anchalik Gramdan Sangha (TAGS) works towards contributing communal harmony in the region.

New Delhi based Institute for Socialist Education started functioning in 1970 to promote the secular ideals of freedom movement and combat communal fundamentalism by creating awareness among the people through meetings, conventions, seminars and group discussions at various levels throughout the country.

This organization has been actively working to promote communal harmony among different communities, transcending all barriers of religious or ethnic differences.

In addition to a citation, the award carries a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh in the organization and individual categories respectively.

The previous winners of this award in the organisation category are Qaumi Ekta Trust (1997), Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (1999), Bhakti Sahitya Shodh Sansthan (2000), National Youth Project Trust (2003), Akhil Bharat Rachnatmak Samaj (2004) and Ramakrishna Mission (2005).

Asghar Ali Engineer (1997), Maulana Wahidudin Khan (1998), His Holiness Shri Jagadguru Dr. Tontada Siddalinga Mahaswamiji (2001), Begam Syeda Naseem Chishti (2002), Acharya Mahaprajna (2004) and Hema Bharali (2005) have been conferred this award in the individual category in the past.

The National Communal Harmony Awards were instituted in 1996 by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous organization set up by Union Home Ministry for promoting communal harmony and national integration. (ANI)

 

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