BIOGRAPHY

MY VILLAGE MY PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE

I was born on 15th June, 1938 at Bhingar Village near Ahmednagar. Although I belong to Ralegan Siddhi Village which is tucked in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar District, my paternal grandfather worked as a sweeper in the British Army in the Bhingar Cantonment. Thus, our entire family used to stay with him in Bhingar. In Bhingar, I studied in the Late Khushroo Irani Brothers School up to standard 4th, after which my maternal uncle took me to Mumbai for further studies. My mother instilled good values in me.  Although she was illiterate, she knew how to build relationships with people around and how to be a good human being, which comprised not to tell lies, not to steal, not to be shrewd. always make efforts to do good for the people, if you are unable to do good for them, at least do not do ill to others, she would say. These values had a great influence over me all my life.

Since my childhood I was staunchly patriotic thanks to the values instilled by my mother. That’s how I applied and joined the Army in 1963. Why do people live then? What is the purpose of life? I contemplated but could not find any answers. I asked this question to many people but none was able to satisfy my quest. Thus, one day I sat in silence in a corner of the room and thought of committing suicide. By sheer coincidence, I saw an attractive photograph of Swami Vivekananda on a book cover, at the book vendor’s stall at the Delhi Railway Station. I bought it because I found the cover page, attractive. I started reading and found the thread of life. I started reading his other books but it was a bit challenging for me to understand his philosophy, particularly not for a not-so- educated person like me. However, through his words. I comprehended that man indulges in the possessiveness of materialistic wealth, in his chase of happiness. Swami Vivekananda says that happiness can’t be sought from outside, it has to come from within. Serving the poor and the sick and attending to those who have gone astray is the true worship of God. Man receives endless joy through such service, however this service should be like an offering to God and without any expectations. Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy of life and Mahatma Gandhi’s call for ‘go back to villages appealed to me so much that at the age of 25 years. I decided that I would devote my entire life to the service of the village, society and the nation, with utmost selflessness. ‘Karmanyevadhikaraste ma faleshyu kadachan’ (work without expectations) became the mission of my life. Read More

AWARDS

1986
Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award

1987
Krishi Bhushan Award (Maharashtra)

1990
Padma Shri Award

1992
Padma Bhushan Award

2013
Allard Prize Award (Canada)

2014
Dinanath Mangeshkar  Jivan Gaurav Awards

AGITATION

1980

Agitation For Approval of School in Ralegan Siddhi Village

1983

Agitation due To Non-cooperation Of Administration In Village Development Work

1989

Agitation For The Demand Regarding Drip Irrigation and Borewell Subsidy For Agriculture

1994

Agitation For Inquiry Into Corruption In The Forestry Department

2011

Agitation To Demand Passage Of Lokpal And Lokayukta Act For Corruption Free India

GALLERY
Ralegan Siddhi Village
Youth Power Is The Power Of The Nation

Ralegan Siddhi A Brief Introduction

Voice Of Experience

” An Education Which Does Not Create A Man With Social Commitment, Is Useless “

– Swami Vivekanand
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