Women achievers of India There are number of Indian women who have surmounted their difficulties andproblems. Government of India and other organisations have installed awards inrecognition of such women who are known as Women Achievers of India. I am sharingwith you their life sketches here which should inspire and motivate young ILites whoare in despair with problems.Government of India, at the instance of Shrimati Sumitra Mahajan, Minister of State of Women and Child Development, has decided to recognize and honour the services of such women who have made outstanding contributions in the life of the nation. This willencourage them further to carry on their work, and to motivate and inspire hundreds of such voluntary women workers throughout the country. Five National Awards, to beknown as
Stree Shakti Puraskars
, were instituted in 1999, in the name of fiveillustrious daughters of India - Kannagi, Mata Jijabai, Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, RaniLaxmibai of Jhansi and Rani Gaindiliu. Each award shall be presented annually and shallcarry a cash prize of rupees one lakh and a citation in scroll. The awards shall be givenevery year for outstanding contributions made by five women.
Adarsha Mata Puraskar
(Since 1976): When the head of the family, who hadoccupied the highest position like the Diwan or the Chief Justice in the then IndianPrincely states, passed away prematurely, the traditionally trained housewife rose tothe occasion and shouldered the onerous responsibility of bringing up her children in anovel way and thus fulfill the unfinished desire of her husband of imparting vocationalguidance and support for career development. This she did by starting a home industryand gradually handed the responsibility to her teenager sons who were still students.This is the story of Matoshri Maisaheb Parkhe who was a woman of surprising foresightand conviction for her times. This story has inspired many a Women Entreprenuers."Adarsha" means Ideal and "Mata" means Mother in Marathi. This Puraskar wasinstituted with a feeling of indebtedness and express gratitude towards such womenwith great conviction and who have strived hard under adverse conditions to shoulderthe responsibility of the family. To make her children happy and successful in life andultimately good and responsible citizens of the society. It aims to recognize theirenormous sacrifice, conviction and to thank them. The felicitation includes andcertificate of honour, a memento and a cash portion. The life sketch of the AwardeeMother is presented to the audience and willing family members also speak at theoccasion. It is a short and brief function, an effort targeted towards encouraging,recognising and felicitating such good elements in society.
Life sketch of Mrs. K.V. Rabiya:
Mrs. K.V. Rabiya was born in 1966 in a poor Muslim family in a remote village,Vellilakkadu in the backward district of Malappuram in Kerala. She lost the use of herlegs when she was a first year student at the College, but despite the handicap she hasbuilt up a movement of community service and has spearheaded a strong adult literacycampaign in Kerala.She started her own voluntary organisation called CHALANAM that was at the forefrontof universal literacy campaign in Kerala. CHALANAM is also running five schools forphysically handicapped and mentally retarded children in Malappuram District. Apart