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KarmaVeer Puraskaar Awards

These Awards are given to recognize, encourage, celebrate and inspire Citizen's action for Social Justice

Our story

The KarmaVeer Puraskaar Awards were established in 2004 by independent social work practitioner Jeroninio (Jerry) Almeida , founder of ICONGO who felt , that there should be an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work and positive impact


Award Categories

There are several award categories to felicitate individual CITIZENS in different sectors (please note these are awards for citizens in each sector and not the organisation or firm), for the work they have done to ensure social justice through citizen action.



At an age when most children begin to spin dreams of their career, Jeroninio (Jerry) Almeida had already begun to walk on the path of his ambition. For someone who began training and mentoring people at the age of 17, it was the belief


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Our Mission

The “KarmaVeer Puraskaar (KVP)” is the National Awards for Social Justice and Citizen Action instituted by the people sector with various partner organisations, citizens at large and media supporters. The awards are a platform for people to come together to share discuss their views on socio-political issues, be it about poverty alleviation, marginalization, communal issues, HIV, Disability, climate change, electoral reforms or humane capitalism. The awards are given every year on the 26th day of November, the day India adopted its constitutional pledge as a REPUBLIC in 1949. These awards are given to recognize, to encourage, celebrate and inspire citizen’s action for social justice. We need to recognize real life unsung heroes who believe ‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’ and have walked that extra mile to “Be the change they want to see in this world”.

Various of our past awardees have been featured in documentaries and articles on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, TIME and gone on to win global fellowships, awards and become ambassadors of international and UN organisations. The idea is to nominate and select citizens from all sectors. These awards are given to Individuals, and not to any organisation or company. Our KVP Awardees practice true democracy by fighting for social justice and value the Power of ONE to light the candle and dispel the darkness. They are caring and concerned citizens who have gone beyond business as usual, to be and lead the change with an “I CAN” attitude, by taking stands and speaking out against social wrongs.

None of us can do everything, but each of us can do something.......

Icongo believes that it is great voluntary acts through which we can Right Every wrong and Empower the people sector. Every human has a hero within a courageous, compassionate being who has the power to create a better, more humane world. If you have done any act to right a wrong or know someone who has, we would love to hear your remarkable stories.

How to Enter

A call for nominations will be sent out through mailers, our partners, mentors and nominators by 15th July and all Nomination Forms, duly filled and signed, should reach us by 30th October . All awards applications may be through nominations by self, our members


Citizens can be self nominated or nominated by iCONGO and our members, partners & management, our nominators, citizens at large and past awardees, but all nominations have to be routed through the panel of official nominators. .

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It is better to light a Candle then curse the darkness


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