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Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Remembered for beginning the Swadhyay Parivar organization, a movement that emphasized the teachings from the Bhagavad Gita. He became enthusiastic about Hindi beliefs after reading different intellectual tomes in the Royal Asiatic Library. He was granted the renowned Templeton Reward for Improvement in Religious beliefs in 1997. He previously one young child with wife Nirmala Tai. He and chess participant Viswanathan Anand had been both granted the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor.

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