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Basava Puraskara

Basava Puraskara
Type Civilian
Category General
Description Awarded for contributions towards social reform and social change.
Instituted 2001
Last awarded 2010
Awarded by Government of Karnataka
Cash award Rs. 1 million
First awardee(s) Saraswathi Gora
Last awardee(s) [Medha Patkar]
Award rank
← None

Basava Puraskara is an award conferred by the Government of Karnataka. The award is presented on the basis of an individuals contribution for social reforms and social change and work for bringing about religious harmony.

The Award

The Basava Puraskara is a national award. The award comprises Rs. 1 million, a memento and a citation.

Award recipients

S.No Name Birth / death Awarded Notes
1. Mrs.Saraswathi Gora[1] 1912 - 2006 2000 Social worker, humanist, crusader for social equality from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Co-Founder of the Atheist Centre.
2. Dr. H. Narasimhaiah[2] 1921 - 2005 2001 Noted Gandhian, rationalist, freedom fighter, physicist and former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University from Karnataka.
3. Prof. L. Basavaraju[3] b. 1919 2005 Professor and Writer
4. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam[4] b. 1931 2006 Scientist, Former President of India
5. Sri Shivakumar Swamiji[5] b. 1907 2007 Pontiff of the Siddaganga Matha

Medha Patkar was awarded this prestigious award in 2010 for excellence in service in the social sector, which she later rejected citing Karnataka government's inability to take action on the mining scam and resolve the Lokayukta controversy.


  1. ^ "Saraswathi Gora selected for Basava Puraskar". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Basava Award presentation tomorrow". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Basava Puraskar 2005 given away to Basavaraju". The (Chennai, India: Hindu). 1 May 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Basava Award for Kalam". The (Chennai, India: Hindu). 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Basava Puraskar for Siddaganga swami". The (Chennai, India: Hindu). 1 October 2008. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 
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