• Senior advocate, Congress leader, three-time Rajya Sabha member of Parliament and former governor of Odisha, Murlidhar C. Bhandare is a humanist who has devoted his life’s work to education, health, removal of poverty, human rights, the empowerment of women and the marginalised, and abolishing inequality from society. An avid reader, he remains enthusiastic at the age of 95 about golf, music, art, and cricket. He has also served as a member of various United Nations organisations including the Sub-Commission for Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (later, the UN Human Rights Council).

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