Pune, India (PressExposure) November 07, 2012 -- Half a century ago, a man was moved to the core by the unbearable misery and social exclusion being suffered by victims of leprosy. It was sufficient to help him realize what his life's mission would be. He renounced his luxurious life style and voluntarily embraced poverty to identify himself with the deprived. This man Baba Amte was an Indian social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy. This week Great Bhet meets the eldest son of Baba Amte, Dr. Vikas Amte and his grandchildren Dr. Sheetal and Kaustabh who talk about taking forward this legacy. Tune in to Great Bhet on Saturday, 10th November 2012 at 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
Anandwan, Forest of Joy, found by Baba Amte located near Warora in Chandrapur district in Maharshtra is an ashram, and a community rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients and the disabled from downtrodden sections of society. In those days, leprosy was associated with social stigma and the society disowned people suffering from leprosy. There was also a widespread misbelief that leprosy was contagious. Today, Anandwan and Hemalkasa village have one hospital, each. Anandwan has a university, an orphanage, and schools for the blind and the deaf. Currently, the self-sufficient Anandwan ashram has over 5,000 residents. The community development project at Anandwan in Maharashtra is recognized around the world.
Sheetal and her brother Kaustubh are the third generation of the Amte's. She has studied medicine. He is a chartered accountant. Like their father, Dr. Vikas this was a calling that came to them inevitably. Taking forward their legacy and discussing all that has gone into it, they share with us their journey. To know more, tune in to Great Bhet on Saturday, 10th November 2012 at 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
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