Environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka to be one among BBC's 100 influential women in the world


Who is Saalumarada Thimmakka? Searching for the latest news of Karnataka environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka ? Interested to know the names of Indian women who got place in BBC's list of 100 influential women of the world for the year 2016? Check out this post to get answers to all your queries regarding Saalumarada Thimmakka from Karnataka, India.

Saalumarada Thimmakka got an important place in BBC's list of 100 influential women of the world for the year 2016. I hope now a couple of questions may arise in your mind. Who is Saalumarada Thimmakka and what she had done for the society? I know this might be a number 1 question in your mind. So lets check the details of Saalumarada Thimmakka. How Saalumarada Thimmakka became an influential women? By going through the efforts made by her, you can understand that she is really an influential woman.

Who is Saalumarada Thimmakka?

Saalumarada Thimmakka is an environmentalist, who hails from Karnataka state in India. She is 105 year old. In the local Kannada language, Saalumarada means row of trees. Fro her great work in planting about 385 banyan trees, the villagers honored her with the name Saalumarada. The asset value of those 384 banyan trees is estimated to be Rs 498 cores. Now I guess you might be eagerly waiting to know much about her. So continue reading.

Saalumarada Thimmakka family

Saalumarada Thimmakka was born in Hulikal village in Ramnagar district located about 80kms away from Bangalore. She had no formal education. But she was very hard working. She earned by working as a casual laborer at a young age. Later Thimmakka got married to Bekal Chikkaiah, who was working as a cattle herder. Unfortunately the couples didn't have any kids. So after 25 years of marriage, Thimmakka started planting Banyan trees in lieu of children. Bekal Chikkaiah and Thimmakka had started planting banyan trees in order to forget the sadness of not having kids in their life. Daily both of them used to walk kilometers and kilometers carrying bucket full of water in their hands to water the banyan tree plants. Thimmakka was so lucky to get all support from her husband Bekal Chikkaiah. Even after Bekal Chikkaiah's death in the year 1991, Thimmakka continued her good work and later she adopted a son named Umesh, who is now giving his full support to Thimmakka to work as an environmentalist.

Awards won by environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka

Saalumarada Thimmakka won the first award National citizen award in the year 1996. It was only after this award, Thimmakka's works got recognition in the society. Later she won awards like Nadoja award, Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Awards, Veerachakra Prashasthi Award, Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award, Karnataka Kalpavalli Award, Certificate of Appreciation from the Indian Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Honour Certificate from the Women and Child Welfare Department, Vishalakshi Award and Vishwathma Award. She had a major role in constructing rain water storage tanks in her own village. As a honor for her great contribution to environment, an environmental agency with UN as its headquarters was given Thimmakka's name. Many of the environmental organizations in foreign countries as well as universities had made Thimmakka's life an educational subject for students to learn.

Indian environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka latest news

Environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka had won an important place in BBC's list of 100 influential women of the world for the year 2016. The other Indians included in the list are Sunny Leone(Bollywood actress), Gauri Chindarkar(Maharashtra Engineering Student), Mallika Sreenivasan(Tractor business woman) and Neha Singh(Writer, actress and social worker). Every year BBC produces this list based on the strong performances by women in social, political and cultural fields. Anyway this is a great honor for all women of not only India but the whole world.


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