Dr. Prakash Murudhar Amte, son of Baba Amte, runs a hospital in Hemalkasa, Gadchiroli
District of Maharahtra which caters to 40,000 patients a year from nearby villages.
But for Amte, practising medicine among Madia tribals is more than a vocation. The
doctor has also made a considerable difference to the eating habits of tribals by
inculcating in them a sense of compassion for animals.
The physician's compassion for animals has taken the shape of an orphanage that
houses leopards, a lion, otters, boars, bears, cobras, kraits, hyenas, civet cats,
crocodiles and wild cats among others. "The tribals considered animals as either
food or enemy. I slowly explained to them that neither was true." He elaborates.
"If you love wild animals, they will not hurt you." He vouches.
Website on Dr.Prakash Amte's Lok Biradari Prakalp-A Tribal Development Project.
Prakash and Mandakini Amte received the Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership