His father, Devidas Amte, was a British government officer working for the district administration and revenue collection departments. As the eldest son of a wealthy land owner, he had an idyllic childhood, filled with hunting and sports. By the time he was fourteen, he owned his own gun and hunted boar and deer. When he was old enough to drive, he was given a Singer Sports car with cushions covered with panther skin.
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Amte was born into an affluent Brahman family and grew up in a life of privilege. After earning a law degree in , he set up a legal practice. He studied leprosy, worked at a leprosy clinic, and took a course on the disease at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine.
In Amte founded Anandwan, an ashram dedicated to the treatment, rehabilitation, and empowerment of leprosy patients. The centre came to encompass programs in health care, agriculture, small-scale industry, and conservation and to serve people with disabilities. In addition to his work with lepers, Amte was involved in various other causes, including environmentalism and religious toleration.
In particular, he opposed the building of hydroelectric dams on the Narmada River , both for environmental reasons and because of the effects on those displaced by the dams. In Amte left Anandwan to devote himself to this cause, but toward the end of his life he returned to the ashram. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.
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