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Achiever's Success Story
Man with rich confidence and conviction
Lenin Raghuvanshi is the symbol of non-violence resistance to millions of lower caste people known as Dalits fighting for their dignity in India. He is credited with changing the discourse on Dalit Politics in India and bringing into focus an innovative “people centric” approach based on justice, diversity, inclusiveness and pluralism to reclaim “human dignity” for the deprived sections in a caste ridden Indian society. The gamut of his activities reflects his personal and ideological span and provides credibility and a sense of completeness to the work he does. His care for details, meticulous planning, diligent patience, and sincere advocacy on the issues concerning the marginalized, has made millions of his supporters optimistic about a dignified future.
By the end of 1996, he was championing for a major cause that is to fight for the basic rights of lower-caste people. Early experiences taught him that confrontation was essentially dangerous and not the most effective emancipatory tool. Increasingly, he recognized the role of caste in all kinds of social conflicts and therefore envisioned a movement that could break the closed, feudal hierarchies of conservative slums and villages by building up local institutions and supporting them with a high profile and active human rights network.
Lenin understood from the beginning that village in India is the cradle of oppression and exploitation. Instead of tampering with the symptoms, ‘caste’ needed to be tackled by both its horns. On the one hand he created a democratized structure for the ‘voiceless’ to enable them access to the constitutional guarantees of modern India and on the other, his innovative advocacy forced the ‘state’ to sensitize its mechanisms to deliver social justice in a manner where Justice is not only done but perceived to be done.
Lenin conceived of a folk school which not only enabled empowerment of the poor, but also endowed them with the ability to access information and justice through the constitutional mechanism of the state. To translate policy into practice, Lenin has begun working on the latest part of his strategy, Jan Mitra Gaon, or the People-Friendly Village. These villages have durable local institutions that work to promote basic human rights in the face of continuous discrimination. The approach of the organization is two-fold: to have a strong grass-root organization to work for democratic rights of those in marginalized communities and second, to create the structure and dynamics to receive the assistance of national and international institutions.
Lenin’s work marks a shift in the Indian human rights movement, which has been reluctant to address injustices in the name of caste as a fundamental human rights issue.
With less economic resources, but rich with confidence and conviction, Lenin in a short period of time has managed to amplify the voice of the marginalized in national and international. Recognition by the international community of his work is indeed the recognition for the millions whose hopes and aspirations rest on his slender shoulders.
For detail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenin_Raghuvanshi