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Good Sports: Activist Honored for Humanitarian Work

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2022
Good Sports: Activist Honored for Humanitarian Work

Vincent Raj Arokiasamy, a Catholic social activist in Tamil Nadu and founder of the organization Evidence, has been awarded the Council of Europe’s Raoul Wallenberg Prize for his outstanding determination and persistence in bringing meaningful change to the lives of Dalits.

The prize, worth £10,000 ($11,400), is awarded every two years in recognition of extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organization.

“This is the first time a person from South Asia is receiving this award,” Arokiasamy told The News Minute. “It is a recognition of the 25-year-long work I have been doing. There have been multiple attempts on my life, I have been attacked many times. I dedicate the award entirely to my Dalit people, to the poor, to every marginalized community across the world.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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