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2006-07

Karmaveer Noble Laureates 2006-07

Citizens in 4 sectors were recognised:

Lifetime Achievement Karmaveer Puraskaar

Dr. Verghese Kurien

Dr. Verghese Kurien is the father of the White Revolution in India, the architect behind 'Operation Flood' the world's largest dairy development programme. He was the chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) and his name synonymous with 'Amul' right from Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL), to his stint with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the National Tree Growers Federation (NTGF). Dr Kurien has been steadfast in his mission that the standard to measure success would be the benefit that actually reached the village women.




Government Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar

J.M.Lyngdoh

James Michael Lyngdoh will forever be associated with the credible, successful, and free elections held in difficult circumstances in Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat in the aftermath of the 2002 riots. He has used his authority with calm gentleness and surgical efficiency to protect the rights of the weak from opportunistic politicians. His remarkable rectitude, impeccable integrity and unassuming nature have set standards for probity in public life. He ensured fair and transparent conduct of the electoral process as Election commissioner and set standards for fair electoral polls





Harsh Mander

Harsh Mander had served in the Indian Administrative Service for about 20 years in various capacities including district collector, managing director SC/ST Finance Corporation. He has been described by his peers as 'frank, fearless and committed with indomitable courage' when it came to defending the oppressed and weaker sections of the society. He resigned from the IAS in the aftermath of the Gujarat riots as he felt the call of his conscience and duty was greater than the oath of office. He took effective stand during the Gujarat carnage of 2002, and broke the conspiracy of silence around the pogrom.




Corporate Executive Karmaveer Puraskaar

Arun Maira

Arun Maira, with an unusual combination of hands-on-leadership and consulting experience, is a thought leader on the subject of transformational change and leadership. Arun Maira is deeply engaged with collaborative processes for addressing issues of development in India and abroad, and the role of business corporations in these processes. He has been promoting Corporate & citizen social responsibility in the corporate sector at CII and other forums and with effective writing in newspapers





Anu Aga

Anu Aga has been acclaimed for her masterly handling of Thermax, making it one among the few woman-headed multinational companies in India. She is the first Corporate Citizen who promoted 1% of profits for charitable causes, involved with various charities. She is among the rarest of CEOs who took a stand and publicly spoke out during the Gujarat Violence of 2002, and personally visited the relief camps. She has contributed significantly to freedom of the press in India.






Real Wealth Creators for The Communities Karmaveer Puraskaar


Crispino Lobo

Crispino Lobo, being passionate about making a difference in the lives of the marginalized and under-privileged, chose to commit himself to working in rural areas. Together with Fr. Hermann Bacher, he organized the large-scale and highly successful watershed development initiative in Maharashtra called the Indo German Watershed Development Program (IGWDP). As co-founder of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR, founded in 1993) and the Programme Coordinator of the IGWDP, he has been instrumental in supporting and building up the capacities of 403 NGOs across the country as well as directly touching the lives of over 5,90,000 people..Crispino's outstanding contribution has been to translate vision and passion into scalable accountability-based, outcome- oriented systems and processes. The approaches and management systems he has developed have been widely adopted across the country and are now being adopted abroad in development projects of a similar nature. He now heads the Sampada Trust and plans to extend its financial and entrepreneurship support services across the country, wherever poor women and youth need a partner in their struggle for betterment.

Dr.Marcella D'Souza

Dr Marcella D'Souza has been serving the people from the mountains of Peru to the arid plains of India. In the South Andes she organized a large-scale community-led, indigenous knowledge- based health care system. In Maharashtra, Marcella was responsible for developing a pedagogy for empowering women through self-help group formation and federation at the village level, as well as mainstreaming women into the decision making structures of the village. 55,000 women from 1100 villages have directly benefited from these efforts. Over 65,000 women benefit from access to financial and technical resources through the Sampada Trust, a micro-finance institution founded by her. She has been instrumental in developing a pedagogy for the empowerment of women, and creating the means for women to be creators of community wealth.