Shobhana Ranade Indian social worker and gandhian

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Shobhana Ranade
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Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani Felicitating Shobhana Ranade with Life Time Achievement Award
Born (1924-10-26) 26 October 1924 (age 96)[1]
OccupationSocial worker
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Jamnalal Bajaj Award
CNN IBN Real Heroes 2012 Life Time Achievement Award
Rabindranath Tagore Prize
Pride of Pune Award
Rajeev Gandhi Manav Seva Award
National Award
Mahatma Gandhi Award

Shobhana Ranade (born 26 October 1924) is an Indian social worker and Gandhian, known for her services towards her cause of destitute women and children. The Government of India honoured her in 2011, with the Padma Bhushan—the third highest civilian award—for her services to the society.[2]


Sawarkar was famous during our schooldays and our generation was enthused by his message of love and devotion to Mother India, says Shobhana Ranade, Bhave used to call me Shobhaniya. Mahatma taught us about non-violence and help the downtrodden.[3]
The Real Heroes Award
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The Real Heroes Award
Presented byReliance Industries CNN-IBN
Gandhi and Vinoba

Ranade was born in 1924, Poona, in the Bombay Presidency. The turning point in her life came in 1942, when she was 18, when she met Mahatma Gandhi at the Aga Khan Palace, in Poona, which resulted in the young Shobhana taking up Gandhian ideals for the rest of her life.[4]

Ranade's life was devoted to the cause of destitute women and children. Her social career took a turn, in 1955, when she went to North Lakhimpur, Assam, joining a padyatra (walkathon) with Vinobha Bhave and helped setting up the Maitreyee Ashram and a Shishu Niketan,[5] the first child welfare centre in the region. She also started the campaign, Adim Jaati Seva Sangh, a program for imparting training to Naga women on charkha weaving.[3][4]

In 1979, she returned to Pune and helped founding the Gandhi National Memorial Society and an institute for women for training, based at Aga Khan Palace.[3][4][6]

In 1998, Ranade, under the aegis of the Gandhi National Memorial Society, established the Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya, an institute for destitute women, for training them in 20 village trades and skills.[4][5][6][7]

She started an SOS children's village in Maharashtra, under the name, Balgram Maharashtra which has now grown to provide a home to 1600 orphans.[4] The Hermann Gmeiner Social Centre, founded by Ranade and situated at Shivajinagar, Pune, is a children's home dedicated to the rehabilitation and education of street children, caring for 112 boys and 138 girls.[5]

Another child welfare project was the Balgriha and Balsadan, established by Ranade at Saswad, in Pune. These centres now provide home to 60 destitute girls.[5] Ranade was also involved with the Save Ganga Movement, drive to save River Ganges from pollution, through Gandhi National Memorial Society[8]

Ranade lives in Pune, taking care of her activities centred on Aga Khan Palace.[4]

Career positions held

Awards and honours

See also


  1. ^ Encyclopaedia of women biography: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Volume 3. A.P.H. Pub. Corp. 2001. ISBN 8176482641.
  2. ^ a b "Padma announcement". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "DNA news". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Real Heroes profile". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "JLB profile". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Blogspot". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "YouTube video". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Save Ganga". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. ^ "KGNMT Trustee". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Gandhi Smarak Nidhi". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d "Board news". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d "Balgram". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Jamnalal Bajaj". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  14. ^ "CNN IBN award". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  15. ^ a b "KGNMT". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award". Retrieved 12 August 2014.

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