100 years of Baba Amte
Ahead of the birth centenary of one of India's greatest social workers, a visit to Anandwan and Hemalkasa, where his legacy lives on
On the night of 1 December, as news of the death of 14 Central Reserve Police Force men in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district filtered in, 37-year-old Aniket Amte sat before a modest fire in his courtyard. At dawn, he would drive down to Kondagaon, not far from the site of the attack. He needed to collect 50 metal horns to gift to the guests who would arrive on 26 December, to mark the 100th birth anniversary of his grandfather, Murlidhar Devidas Amte, or Baba Amte. He hoped the journey wouldn’t take longer than a day, what with the bad roads and now, this news.
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