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Women Achievers of India

Women Achievers of India

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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
 
from the literacy camps, Mrs. Rabiya has conducted a number of awareness classes forwomen and also organised health camps and blood and eye donation camps.Mrs. Rabiya has inspired awareness against alcoholism, dowry, family feuds,superstition and communalism. A documentary film 'Rabiya Moves' and more thanhundred articles published in newspapers and journals have highlighted her contributionin changing the social life of Kerala.Her continuing successful and unparalleled literacy mission along with the variousservices for welfare and development of women has earned Mrs. K.V. Rabiya theKannagi Stree Shakti Puraskar, 1999. __________________In the list of Women achivers of India, next I am giving the life sketch of the famousactress and dancer Sudhachandran.
A
classic case of inner resolve, she overcame her disability after she met with anaccident and lost her one leg, with the help of a prosthetic 'Jaipur Foot' to become oneof India's most highly acclaimed dancers. Her famous films 'Nache Mayuri', 'Mayuri' etc.are great achievements with the artificial leg.Her public recital in Mumbai on 28 January , 1984, which heralded her comeback intothe dancing arena after two years, was met with thunderous applause. Her success wasfollowed by invitations for shows from all over the world, and she performed in severalEuropean countries, Canada and the Middle East. Films happened, and so did television.Today, she is the talk of the town, courtesy her innovative character of Ramola Sikandin Balaji Telefilms' late-night thriller Kaahin Kissii Roz.This dancer-turned-actor believes each country has its own heroes who have neveraccepted defeat. "Like them, I have always believed in asking - 'What next?', ratherthan, 'Why me?' If Helen Keller could overcome her handicap, so can I. The seed of achievement lies in the human mind. When this realization comes, there is no lookingback. Once I decided that my handicap was not going to stop me from dancing, thatwas it," begins Sudha Chandran, but quickly adds before the first question, "Pleasedon't imitate Ramola Sikand too much in letter and spirit both. 'Thoda chalega' butwithin the parameters of law. She is a cold-blooded murderess and you can't break thelaw."Excerpts from an interview given by Sudha Chandran.  ______________________________________________________________________ _________________-- Continuing the life sketches of 'Women achievers of India, here is the life sketch of thegreat Mrs. Chinnapillai. It is matter of great pride for all Maduraiites and Tamils whenthe then Prime Minister of India Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he visited Madurai paidhis compliments to Mrs. Chinnapillai.Mrs. Chinnapillai was born in Pullisery village, Madurai District. She has been deeplyinvolved in organising and working with co-agricultural labourers for undertakingvarious agricultural operations on a collective basis to maximise the benefits.
 
She was the founder of a number of Kalanjiams (savings and credit groups) of poorwomen and was instrumental in forming Vaigai Vattara Kalanjiam, Appantirupathy,which is the First Federation of Rural Women Savings and Credit Group in India. Thishas a membership of over 40,000 women. The linkages that she has establishedbetween the Kalanjiams and the banks and other financial institutions like NABARD,HUDCO etc. has resulted in promotion of income generation for hundreds of poorwomen to get them rid of the clutches of money-lenders.She led many struggles to establish the rights and entitlements of poor women againstlandlords, moneylenders, politicians and officials. The most notable was the right forfishing over the village tank, which was controlled by the landlords.Her selfless and untiring service for the poor women in the South has earned her MataJijabai Stree Shakti Puraskar for the year 1999.  ______________________________________________________________________ _________________---Next in the list of 'Women achievers' is the life sketch of Brahmacharini Kamala Bai.Hers is a real saga of a lady surmounting all odds to succeed in life and make a mark.
Brahmacharini Kamala Bai
Brahmacharini Kamala Bai was born in 1923 at Kuchaman town of District Nagaur of Rajasthan. She was married at a tender age of 12 and was widowed barely two yearsthereafter. Being totally illiterate, she found herself in wilderness, without any help orsupport. She joined Sri Mahavir Mumuksha Mahila Ashram, an orphanage for ladies,where she learnt to read and write. She went through the scriptures and became wellversed with the history and culture. Very soon she developed an inner urge andmotivation to spread the message of literacy among the women and the girls in thebackward areas.At the age of thirty, she started her own Adarsh Mahila Vidyalaya with barely six girls.The school today has strength of 2000 girl students mostly from the backward andtribal segments of the society. She has also set up a girl's hostel at her own initiative,which accommodates 650 girls.Brahmacharini Kamala Bai has been successfully mobilising financial resources bymotivating philanthropists. Nearly rupees two crores have been spent on theconstruction of school and hostel buildings, which were mobilised through smalldonations. At present, her organisation has an annual budget of about rupees 65 lakhs.She has also started B.Ed. course for teachers to prepare them for spreading literacyand vocational training course for girls to make them economically empowered.For her extraordinary and outstanding contribution towards the removal of illiteracy,more especially in rural and tribal areas, the Rotary International Award was given toher in 1998. She donated the award money of Rs. 2 lakhs for the betterment of literacyprogramme for women and a Trust was created to help the needy and poor students.Brahmacharini Kamala Bai's dedication to her life's mission for spreading literacy and

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