Ramon Magsaysay Awards, generally referred to as the Nobel Prize of Asia were
announced for 2016 on July 27 by the Ramon Magsaysay award committee in Manila,
Tow Indians– human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and noted Carnatic singer T.M.
Krishna are among the six winners of the coveted honours this year. Bezwada
Wilson, a renowned crusader against the evil of manual scavenging belongs to a
Dalit family of Karnataka. He is the national convener of the Safai Karamachari
Andolan (SKA). He was chosen for the award for “asserting the inalienable right
to a life of human dignity”. Wilson considers manual scavenging worse than
slavery. Another award winner from India, T.M. Krishna was selected for the
award under the ‘Emergent Leadership’ category for bringing ‘social
inclusiveness in culture’. Krishna’s achievement and services to music shows
that music can bring transformative and positive changes not only to the
personal life but also in the society.
A part from the two Indians, four others have been selected this year of the
of the Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa
Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers
Ramon Magsaysay Award was instituted in 1957 in the memory of third President of
Philippines. It is given annually to individuals or organizations in Asia for
their selfless services and contributions to the society.