Lenin Raghuvanshi a renowned human right activist has been decorated with several international and national awards. He will be conferred the prestigious MA Thomas National Human Rights Award – 2016, at Bangalore, in September this year. A report.
Bangalore: Lenin Raghuvanshi, a well-known social activist and human rights defender working among the most downtrodden and marginalised community in Varanasi has been selected to receive the M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award 2016 of the Vigil India Movement, Bangalore, according to a press release.
A three-member Jury consisting of Hon. Justice Santosh Hegde, (former Judge, Supreme Court of India) Akbar Mirza Khaleeli, (former Ambassador of India to Iran and other countries and Board of Trustee of VIM), and Dr. Cherian Thomas, (Director of Ecumenical Christian Centre and Secretary & Trustee of VIM) unanimously selected Lenin for the award from among the nominations received from various parts of the country, it was informed.
Lenin has contributed immensely to protect the rights of Dalits, tribes and indigenous people in Varanasi. He is the founder of Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, in 1996, and through this organisation, he is constantly involving in the people’s struggles in ensuring the rights of marginalised community, particularly the Dalits and adivasis (tribal people). Lenin’s contribution to protect and promote human rights is greatly acknowledged by several institutions and national and international level.
Vigil India Movement instituted the M. A. Thomas National Human Rights Award in 1994 in memory of its Founder President Late Dr. M.A. Thomas. The Award with one lakh of rupees and a citation will be presented to Lenin at an award ceremony to be held in September 2016 in Bangalore, the release added.