Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh
Born: 11 October 1916
Died: 27 February 2010
- He was a social activist from India.
- He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance.
- He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
- He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 2019 by the Government of India.
- He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha.
- He did social work in Gonda (U.P.), Balrampur and Beed (Maharashtra).
- The motto of his project was: “Har hath ko denge kaam, har khet ko denge paanee”.
- He also established Chitarkoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya in Chitrakoot, India’s first rural University, and served as its Chancellor.
- He implemented the philosophy of integral humanism to improve the living standards of more than 150 villages of Bundelkhand.
- He was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the NDA Government in the year 1999 in recognition of his services to the nation.
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October 11, 2019