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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

India activist wins Asian culture prize

Kyodo

FUKUOKA — Indian environmental philosopher and activist Vandana Shiva has received the Grand Prize of the 23rd Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes, becoming the second woman to receive the top award and the seventh winner from India.

Shiva, 59, has proposed environmental conservation ideas from a female perspective, while engaging in organic farming and preserving indigenous Indian seeds.

She is president of the Research Foundation of Science, Technology and Ecology in India, an organization she founded in 1982. In 1993 she received the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize."

The prize, created by local authorities, scholars and businesses, is awarded to individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in preserving and contributing to Asian cultures.

Thai historian Charnvit Kasetsiri, 71, received the Academic Prize, while Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, 69, and Indonesian court dancer Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono, 51, were awarded the Arts and Culture Prize.

The award presentation ceremony will be held in Fukuoka on Sept. 13.



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