The story of an Indian doctor who gave up his career to devote his life for the betterment of tribals
Prakash Amte is the son of Lt. Murlidhar Devidas Amte, popularly known as Baba Amte. Baba Amte was an Indian social worker and social activist. Baba Amte particularly worked for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy. One day, Baba Amte took his young son Prakash Amte for a picnic in dandakaranya forest. Prakash, who was young at that time accompanied his visionary father. Seeing the extreme poverty, exploitation, illiteracy and malnutrition, Baba decided to start a project for tribal development. Young Prakash decided to join his father in his mission. Prakash was so influenced by that mission that he gave up his lucrative career to work for the development of the tribal communities.
Prakash Amte, an M.B.B.S graduate offers a variety of services to tribal communities in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He even carries out complex surgeries, fractures, and simple eye surgeries. Prakash Amte is also well experienced in nurturing wild animals.
Through his project, Lok Biradari Prakalp, he has built a residential school, a hospital and an orphanage for injured wild animals. For their works, he and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte were awarded the Magsaysay Award for ‘Community Leadership’ in 2008. Interestingly, Prakash Amte also runs an informal court, where the tribal people come from far away to seek his advice and with a hope that justice will be granted. This Magsaysay Awardee also repairs watches and radios of the tribal people.
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