Mumbai, Feb 9: Noted social worker and Magsaysay award winner Murlidhar Devidas Amte alias Baba Amte passed away at 4.15am on February 9, 2008. He was 94 year old suffering from cancer and saw his last breath at his 'Anandvan' ashram in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, his son told the mediaperson. Known as one of the country's most respected social leaders, Amte devoted his life to the care and rehabilitation of leprosy patients.
Baba Amte even allowing his body to be used for experiments to grow leprosy germs. He was survived by his two sons.The man himself sought peace and justice, showed solidarity with tribals and was a big critic of the big dams like the Sardar Sarovar dam. Baba Amte was born into a wealthy Brahmin family and was trained in law. He joined the Indian freedom struggle against the British empire after he established himself as a trained lawyer. Baba Amte also launched the Bharat Jodo (Unite India) movements from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in 1985 and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh in 1988, with the mission of establishing peace and raising environmental consciousness.