On 29th April 2020, Freedom fighter and Padma Shri Gandhian Hema Bharali well known as Freedom Activist, social worker, Sarvodaya leader passed away due to prolonged illness at her home in Guwahati at the age of 101 and a spinster. She was born in Assam on 19th February 1919.Key Points:
i.Hema Bharali participated in the relief operations during the earthquake in North Lakhimpur in 1950 and helped the people in the Assam- Arunachal Pradesh border in the Chinese aggression in 1962.
ii.Hema Bharali was a front ranking Leader of Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan Movement and she engaged herself in rural development, strengthening of national integration, spread of basic education and removal of social discrimination.
iii.She contributed to women empowerment and made efforts to uplift the socially and financially challenged section of the society.
iv.Awards: In 2005 She received the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in the Republic of India from of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
v.In 2006, The National Foundation for Communal Harmony under the Ministry of Home Affairs awarded her the National Communal Harmony Award and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial Award for National Integration from the Assam government.
Official Animal– Indian rhinoceros
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