Saturday, 20 Oct 2018

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak wins the prestigious 2018 Nikkei Asia Prizes


Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak wins the prestigious 2018 Nikkei Asia Prizes 

Rajesh Thakur,

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak; humanist, social reformer and the founder of Sulabh International has been selected as one of three winners from Asia for the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prizes 2018.

Nikkei Prizes are awarded each year in recognition of the outstanding achievements of individuals who contribute to the region’s sustainable development and work for the prosperity of the people of Asia. The coveted awards are given under there categories: Economic and Business Innovation; Science and Technology; and Culture and Community

Whilst announcing the 23rd edition of the awards, The Nikkei Asia Prize Secretariat in Tokyo said that Dr Bindeshwar Pathak was being bestowed the honor for “tackling two of his country’s biggest challenges—poor hygiene and discrimination.”

The other two winners of the award are Ma Jun (Economic and Business Innovation), a Chinese environmentalist, for using the power of the internet to promote cleaner industry and Professor Nguyen Thanh Liem (Science and Technology), a Vietnamese doctor, for bringing cutting-edge medicine to children. The prizes will be awarded on June 13 in Tokyo.

Dr. Pathak invented two-pit pour-flush ecological compost toilets that has helped provide low cost environment friendly toilets to millions of people in the developing world.  It has also ensured the safety for rural women and freedom from the manual labour of removing human waste, long a source of stigma in Indian society.

The Nikkei Asia Prizes were created in 1996 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Nikkei Inc.’s main Japanese-language newspaper. The company publishes Japan’s leading business newspaper, The Nikkei, and also operates online news services in Japanese, English, and Chinese languages.

Experts from across the Asia-Pacific region submit nominations. Candidates cannot nominate themselves, and Japanese individuals and organizations are ineligible.


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