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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:31:06 PM (IST)  

Kerala institute to bestow Gandhi Awards on U T Khadar, Anna Hazare

Kerala institute to bestow Gandhi Awards on U T Khadar, Anna Hazare

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13: Media Research Institute, part of the famous Gandhian organization based at Thiruvanathapuram announced their Gandhi Award 2013. The special Gandhian award is for Anna Hazare.

Karnataka health minister U T Khadar and well known journalist T P Rajeevan and 5 others bagged the prestigious Gandhi Darshan Award 2013. Khadar bagged the award for his work towards improvement of rural health.

On behalf of the chairman of the award committee, renowned Gandhian Gopinathan Nair and the committee members Justice D Sreedevi and Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panikar, the two other committee members, the head of Gandhian Ashram Mitra Nikethan, Padma K Vishwanathan and the former vice-chancellor of Kerala University Dr N A Kareem announced the award winners on Wednesday November at Thiruvanathapuram press club.

The seven awards announced for various categories are for literature, social work, political work, rural health, rural employment, medical service and business.

U T Khadar and T P Rajeevan have been settled in Mangalore region from a long time. In the 5-year long history of these awards, this is the first time that the award committee is considering people who reside outside Kerala. Also, this is the first time that someone outside of Kerala is getting honored by the Gandhian award which is announced for Anna Hazare.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held in the month of December. As former President of India Dr AP J Abdul Kalam is expected to attend the event, the date will be finalized as per his and Anna Hazare's convenience.

About Gandhi Darshan 2013 award winners
U T Khadar (For Rural Health)

U T Khadar is the health minister of Karnataka. He is known for his dynamic leadership quality, and for working for the welfare of the poor. After becoming the health minister he has implemented several health programs for the welfare of the rural people. He is also the MLA of Mangalore constituency (Ullal).


T P Rajeevan (For Literature)
Rajeevan is a well-known writer from Kerala. By profession he is a journalist. He is working for Mathrubhumi national daily based in Mangalore. His writings reflect the Gandhian ethics. His great literary work “Upanayanam”, through which he established his name, won him accolades in the field of literature. The book is a long story written in the background of Sarnath, and is a heart breaking story against terrorism and violence.

Rajeevan has won several recognitions in the field of literature, as early as from his school days. He got literary awards from Mathrubhumi and Malayala Manorama when he was a student. He bagged the prestigious Azad Memorial Literary Award in his college days.

M K Raghavan (For Politics)
M K Raghavan is a native of Payyanoor. He represents Kozhikode constituency in the Lok Sabha. Payanoor is famous for freedom movement during the times from Gandhiji. That is why Raghavan too imbibed the Gandhian character from his childhood. As a politician, he has always stood with the poor and is dedicated towards their welfare.

Professor G Balachandran (For Rural Employment)
G Balachandran is the present chairperson of the National Coir Board. He has now retired from his post of a college professor. He has always worked with the labour class and dedicated his life for their welfare. He knows the importance of the cottage industry, especially for the employment of the rural people, and that the coir sector is as important as the khadi industry. Hence, he has been trying to utilize his power for the development of rural employment.


C R Neelakantan (For Social Work)

C R Neelakantan is a well-known social worker from Kerala. For the last several years he is has been at the forefront of almost all  struggles against injustice. He has been fighting for the poor, especially for the Adivasis and Dalits. His participation and leadership in the well-known struggles like Moolampalli made him a hero in Kerala. He has been fighting for good causes like save the nature, and he never compromises on any exploitation against nature. For the last several months he has been fighting against the Kootamkulam atomic power project situated in coastal Tamil Nadu.

Dr Kunjali (For his lifelong commitment and dedication to the treatment of the poor)

Dr Kunjali is a well-known heart specialist not only in Kerala but also in the Middle East. As a doctor he is known for his charitable work. He is praised by the mass for his dedication to the treatment of the poor.


Metro Muhammad Haji (For Business)

Muhammad Haji is a well-known business man from north Kerala. He is famous for his humanitarian work. He is respected by the society because of his honesty and ethics.

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Comments on this article
Friday, November 15, 2013


Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Congratulation Mr.Khadar on your receiving prestigious Gandhi Award for the great work in your portfolio. You deserve it and we hope for bigger awards in the days to come. All the best. Thanq.

Agnello, Mangalore/Muscat
Thursday, November 14, 2013

UT Khader - The bench for all ministers. If others do 50% of the jobs he does we will have a great country. Congratulations Sir.

sid, mangalore
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Well congratulations ! Well i dont know who decides Decides on these awards . Minister since 10 months is able to implement award winning programs don’t know how many have benefited , what’s the long term impact , what changes has it made and how well the logistics have worked . This happens only in India !

Congratulations again if the programs have really made an impact

Anand, karkala
Thursday, November 14, 2013

The deserved should get recognition. Congrats to U T Khader.

The qualities of a real leader lies in you.

Capt. Kiran Benny, Mangalore / London
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dear Mr. Fareed,

All the above was expected and no surprise considering your resilience and humility as a doer and not just a talker. I will not put it in writing, but everyone knows that Mangalore will be on top of the charts for the right reasons because of dedicated and fair politicians like you. We can only praise the effort. I am sure all Mangloreans and Karnatakites have developed a sense of deep belief in you as a beacon of hope for ensuring that the deserving population will finally have a true leader who will protect and defend their interests completely - Jai Hind.

mukesh, mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congratulations to Mr.Khader. Well deserved.

Lobo AG, Mangalore/Mumbai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

We are fortunate and proud to have U T Khadar and all the MLAs of twin districts who are selfless, dedicated and active. We are sure with their selfless and untiring services coastal region will flourish and set an example to other regions. Congratulations Mr. UT Khadar.

Nawaz, Dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Honest public worker, corrupt free minister.

Hubert D'souza, Mangalore Dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congrtulations to U.T. KHADER keep it up doing good job

Prabhu, Mlore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I don't know what to call him... but defiantly I can say 'HE IS A LEADER WHO LET DOWN THE MASSES.'
Our hopes lie shattered our dreams lie in ruins. What started as a revolution which shook the nation ,is only a delusion.
Hazare does not deserve this award

thameem ullal, Kuwait
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congrats...U T kadar All the best future. Hope u will do people of karnataka healty.

joseph , mangalore munnur/dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

U T Khader congratulations for the rural health minister of Karnataka this is because of your dedication and concern for the poor. I personally know you how you are like sincere, compassionate to the people. Other ministers should learn from you. Wish you a bright future.

roshan perla, mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

We want to see you on the top as pm, for the better of our nation

Edward C Maben, Mangalore/Bangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Khader, Congratulations to you and I pray may the almighty give you strength to carry on the good work. Above all as you work ceaselessly towards providing quality health care for the people of Karnataka, I pray the Almighty to keep you healthy and fit as well. Because the country needs politicians like you.

KA D'Silva, Dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When Siddhu allocated Health Ministry to UT Khadar, I thought he is not a good choice, BUT UT Khadar proved me wrong with his quick work in his ministry.
Well done UT Khadar, Congratulations and keep it up.
Karnataka need more ministers like you.

Peace, Mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Be loved by the people around you and you will be blessed automatically by Almighty God...!!!

Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It is a good news to the Karnataka Govt specially to U T Khader a rural health minister his dedication and his concern to the poor.Now a day It is very rare and hard to find the good people in our surroundings/ society but U T Khader an MLA, a minister and his good thinking really it is for praiseworthy .Congratulations, your hard work the Award and the Reward.

Deepak, Paladka
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Khadar Bai you made us proud. God bless you.

princedi, Mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Utk very much deserves this award. For the very few who try to criticize him please go to his house and see the real utk how sincere and how hard working he is. Daily morning whenever he is there you will find atleast 150 -200 visitors till 9 AM.
He has every potential to reach far greater heights than what he is today.

shankar, mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congrts Mr. Khader. wish you all the best!

Abdul Khader A. Nainar, Makkah K.S.A
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

proud to be a manngalorian to have a minister like you. your work has proven your ability to be honored by the prestigious award. Hope many more from you

Aubb, Kuwait
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congratulations to Mr. Kadar!!!
Keep up your good work.

Lobo AG, Mangalore/Mumbai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Where are our great commentators like, Nagesh Naik, Bollu, Rakesh Shetty and host of other BJP sympathizers? No comments about Mr.UT Khader being bestowed Gandhi
Darshan 2013 Award?

Ashfak A. Karnad, Riyadh
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congratulations Khader Bhai, well done keep it up. you will be our future CM.

R.Bhandarkar, M'lore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The name in the brochure-invite has been written Anna 'Hasare' Which means Anna 'Laughed Re'.....

sathish jm, kumpala/Dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Keralites spell the letters as they pronounce it. Luckily Khader has not become 'Gather'.

KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I like Mr.Khader among all MLAs of DK because of his simplicity and concern for people/commitment for the profession.Many people may not be knowing that he does not follow protocol whenever visits place on duty.He works 24X7 with true secular qualities.Even in previous assy when he was a MLA took active interest in assembly proceeding and he has record of asking maximum questions(more than 200)I have no political interest but I wish this guy all the best and would like to see him as CM of Karnataka one day for which he truly deserves.

Joslyn Rooswelt, Mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congrats Khader bhai... god bless u..
Puppy love fans a$$ on fire after hearing this news.. lol..

vinod, dubai
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congrats Mr u.tkhader

mohammed , mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great work Mr Khadar keep it up.other political leader should learn from you.

Irfan M, mangalore
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Congratulation sir, Your futur Chief minister of Karnataka

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