President Ram Nath Kovind presented Padma Shri awards to 119 eminent personalities at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. Gowda, a 72-year-old environmentalist collected the Padma Shri award in the Rashtrapati Bhavan barefoot. She was one of the 61 people who received the Padma Shri award.
Tulasi Gowda, a tribal women from Honnali village in Karnataka, had planted more than 30,000 saplings and actively contributed to protecting the environment. Gowda belongs to Halakki Tribal in Karnataka. She is also known as the “Encyclopedia of Forest” due to her vast knowledge of diverse species of plants and herbs.
Gowda was born to a poor family. She lost her father at the age of 2 year. She was a young child and started working with her mother at a local nursery. Gowda never received formal education and was married at early age.
She joined the forest department as a temporary volunteer, where she was recognized for her dedication to nature preservation. She was later offered a permanent job in the department. She retired after 15 more years at the age of 70.
Source: Livemint, Tribune