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The Rightlivelihood Award
Press Release February 12th 2013
Sankaralingam Jagannathan passes away at age of 100

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation mourns the death of Ghandian activist Mr. Sankaralingam Jagannathan. Mr. Jagannathan worked on the behalf of the landless poor all his life and received the Right Livelihood Award together with his wife Krishnammal in 2008.

Sankaralingam Jagannathan passed away at Ghandigram, Tamil Nadu in Southern India, on Tuesday, February 12th, around 12.30. He died at the age of 100. The Right Livelihood Award Foundation was informed about his death by his wife Krishnammal Jagannathan.

The Jagannathans have worked tirelessly to redistribute land to the landless and are the founders of the organisation LAFTI - Land for the Tillers' Freedom. The Right Livelihood Award Jury honoured them in 2008 "...for two long lifetimes of work dedicated to realising in practice the Gandhian vision of social justice and sustainable human development, for which they have been referred to as 'India's soul'."


Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, said: "Mr. Jagannathan, who at 100 was our oldest laureate, embodied the values and spirit of the Right Livelihood Award. Together with his wife Krishnammal and his colleagues at LAFTI, he fought passionately for the range of causes he believed in, including Independence of India, land redistribution, poverty alleviation and environmental justice. Never hesitating to confront powerful government and corporate interests, he achieved tremendous success for the poorest and most marginalised in India."

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation's thoughts and prayers are with Krishnammal Jagannathan and their family at this difficult time. We are sure that Mr. Jagannathan’s vision and work will continue and be taken forward by the countless individuals he has inspired.

For more information about Mr. Jagannathan's life and achievements, please see the Right Livelihood Award's website.

Ole von Uexkull
Executive Director
Right Livelihood Award Foundation
+ 46 8 70 20 339
About the Award

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament and are often referred to as ‘Alternative Nobel Prizes’. They were introduced “to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”.
Jakob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German professional philatelist, sold his business to provide the original funding. Since then, individual donors have financed the Award.

There are 149 Right Livelihood Award Laureates from 62 countries.
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