PUCL Bulletin, Sept. 2002

M. A. Thomas National Human Rights Award for Shri Harsh Mander

Shri. Harsh Mander, the I.A.S. officer in Gujarat who resigned in protest against the attitude of the administration in dealing with the recent communal riots, has been selected for the prestigious M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award for the year 2002.

Vigil India Movement has instituted the Award in memory of its founder-President Rev. Dr. M.A. Thomas, a leading Human Rights activist, with the intention to honour and recognize individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions in the field of Human Rights. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs One lakh and a citation.

Shri. Harsh Mander has rendered outstanding services in promoting Human Rights in the context of communal riots in Gujarat. His protest against the communal killings was not a one-off thing for him. During the earthquake, he was active beyond the call of duty in places like Bhuj.

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