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Padma Shri Sathyanarayan Mundayoor

Lohit Youth Library Movement
Coordinator
Sathyanarayanan Mundayoor, aka Uncle Moosa, has spear-headed a quiet reading revolution in the Himalayan hills of Arunachal in the past 40 years. Focussed on spreading the joy of reading, it is now a people's movement that has touched the lives of several. Inspired by the philosophies of Gandhiji and Swami Vivekananda, Sathyanarayanan moved in 1979, from his urban environs, seeking adventures in creative education to little known NE tribal communities. Providence brought him to the first-generation learners of the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas in Arunachal and taught him the vital importance of joyful reading.

Moving on to spread this joy in the reading deprived rural youth, his experiments led to the emergence of the Lohit Youth Library Network in 2007, a handholding of NGOs, committed govt. officers and the youth groups. The Network libraries, managed by youth volunteers, are centers of learning activities.

Uncle Moosa has received Arunachal Governor’s Silver Medal for meritorious services to the youth and featured in the ‘Amazing Indians’ series in the Times Now TV in 2012 and the ‘Civil Society Hall of Fame’ in 2016. However, for the Arunachali youth, he remains a dear uncle who comes to them to share the joys of reading.