Day 1 – January 30, 2011 Sevagram, Wardha


“Here I am in the middle way, Having had twenty years, Twenty years largely wasted… The years of l’entre deux guerres”. TS Eliot’s lines come to mind and it metamorphoses into “Here I am at the end of the way, Having had thirty years, Thirty years largely wasted… The years of les guerres de l’interne”

I am about to reach Sevagram. Came here first in 1982 when I was working with a Gandhian NGO the Association of Sarva seva farms, which worked to rehabilitate landless families which had received Bhoodan (land gift) under the campaign led by Vinoba Bhave, when he walked 40,000 kms over 14 years (1951 to 1965) to appeal to landlords to give some of their land to the landless.

Thirty years…largely wasted? Who can tell? Just emerging raw from the microfinance crisis. A field which was received a Nobel Prize for one of its pioneers, Dr Mohammed Yunus and was widely praised till a year ago is now widely condemned – by people like Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, and the former Reserve Bank of India Governor Dr YV Reddy. What is real? The earlier assessment or the current one? What is real is what the people say.

That is why this Shodh Yatra. An exploration of truth. Unable to match Gandhi, one can at least mimic him. Maybe, exploration will lead to experimentation. So what leads me to begin this journey? A lot is there in the name – Lok Jagaran Yatra was the first formulation – a journey to awaken the people. Then Mahashakti Jagaran Yatra, even stronger, with a Maha pun intended. But on second thoughts, I have dropped both for a simple Shodh Yatra – a search for the truth, the wisdom that lies with the people.

So that is what it is – Shodh Yatra, an extended grassroots enquiry into the lives and livelihoods of poor people. It is a hybrid yatra – I will walk while in a village or a town, stopping by every once in a while to have a dialogue; and drive between habitations. I intend to do this for 60 days over a period of Jan 30, 2011 (today) till April 18, 2011. The beginning date an place are significant to me – today is Gandhiji’s martyrdom day and I am starting from his Ashram in Sevagram, Wardha; near Nagpur in Central India.

My Shodh Yatra will end after 77 days, on April 18, 2011 (Bhoodan Day) at Pochampalli, a village about 50 km from Hyderabad, AP, where Vinoba Bhave started the Bhoodan Movement in 1951. The elapsed days are 75 but as I plan to take 2-3 days off after every 10 days, it is 60 days. At about 80-90 km a day, I expect to cover about 5000 kms in 60 days.

Sevagram Ashram,  Wardha

On the first day, I  begin with a visit to the Sevagram Ashram. Spent an hour there, first just de-linking with the world, paradoxically by sending SMS’s to several close friends telling them I am beginning my Yatra!  But then I settle down in Adi Kutir (Bapu and Ba’s initial cottage, built for Rs 100), absorbing the spiritual ambience of the place, and something comes over me.  I stagger to Bapu Kuti and search for the painted board which has the “ekadashi vratas” (the elven vows) and read through them:

  1. Satya – Truth
  2. Ahimsa – Non-Violence
  3. Brhamcharya (Chastity)
  4. Asteya (Non-possesion)
  5. Asangrahaya (Non-stealing)
  6. Sharir Shrama (Bread labour)
  7. Aswaad (control of palate)
  8. Nirbhayata (fearlessness)
  9. Sarva Darma Sambhav (Equality of all religions)
  10. Swadeshi (The Law of Neighbourhood)
  11. Asprishyta Nivaran (Removal of untouchability)

I contemplated for a while if I can live up to the Ekadashi Vrata all my life.  But at least for these 75 days, I took the vow. I stayed for the 11am prayer since it was Jan 30, but there was none! The Ashram  apparently does not observe the 11am moment of silence on Jan 30, which the whole nation does! I then went to the book shop and bought some books – Gandhiji’s autobiography and his Satyagraha in South Africa  and Hind Swaraj, all in Hindi. Also Jaya Parakash Narayan’s Total Revolution.  Also bought a khadi bed sheet and a khadi towel. And 100 tokens with Gandhiji’s picture, for random distribution. All for about Rs 1000.

Shodh Yatra begins

Then I began my walk.  I partially walked, partially drove and then walked again, to the Gitai Mandir, a campus about 5 kms away, where Gandhiji’s long term associate, business magnate Jamnalal Bajaj lived after retirement in his “Shanti Kutir”. Accompanying me were: Anand Naik,  BASIX General Manager for Western Region ,  Samir Vaidya, State Head, Maharashtra;  Dev Kamble, Field Manager (FM) Wardha ;  Nivrutti Patil, FM Amravati ;  Kedar Shete HR Executive ; Amol Ghonghe AgBDS Executive and  Ms Saroj Ambagade, Unit Head Hinganghat

With my BASIX colleagues at Sevagram Ashram

Wayside Meeting

I saw several youngsters drinking tea at a roadside stall, so decided to stop. Asked them if we could talk to them, and once they overcame the initial hesitation, got into a good conversation. (Missed noting names, though photo is attached).  One was already employed with the 100 year old Hitavada paper, and the other four were studying – One was studying for a Masters in Social Work (MSW), another after an MSW was pursing masters in mass communications; one was in first year Bachelors in Tele Communications Engg and the last one was in a polytechnic again doing communications.  All had modest origins, with one whose father was a labourer, while another’s was a rural doctor in MP.  Each had/would spend Rs 2 to 3 lakh before they get their degree and yet no jobs were in sight. When I asked whether they would consider self-employment, they looked at me as if I was joking.  “How do we know what to do? Who will give us money to set up our own business or factory”?

With four youngsters at a road side tea stall in Wardha town

Then I turned the talk around to what excited them? One, the BE Telecom, said “Save the Tiger”.  I asked him why and he said he was interested in wild life.  Had he been to Tadoba or Melghat or Pench, the three tiger reserves nearby? “None, because I have barely heard of them and don’t know how to go there.” I gave him the contact of Kishore Rithe, the Amaravati Nature Conservation Society and invited him to visit our work at Melghat.         **Nivrutti Patil to follow up.

By now the others were rapt with attention. The second one, the polytechnic guy, said though his father was a doctor, he was not interested in medicine, so he joined engineering to please his father.  I asked he him if he had shown his dad the movie  Three Idiots and he laughed. But he said, “I love farming. We have over 20 acres land and I want to farm it properly.”  Immediately, we offered agricultural guidance support to him and offered to visit his village. **Amol Ghonghe to follow up.

The two MSWs wanted to become lectures in MSW colleges or join NGOs.  I asked them what was the reputation of NGOs and they said, many had a tarnished image,  Why? “Because they eat up the benefits that they are supposed to provide to the poor”.   I advised them to work in NGOs before joining as lecturers.  Offered them an internship in BASIX.  ** Kedar Shete to follow up.

The others said – NGOs eat up in the middle just like the government staff do and politicians do.  This was an easy opening to ask – would they join politics ? No I will not, said the first, because they are all bad people and do nothing good for the people.  But the BE Telecom said we have to find the good people and support them in politics.  I asked him how? Would he stand for Sarpanch or Ward member elections in his village/town? He looked at me as if I was joking. We parted by my asking his e-mail id and he saying he does not have one and I said he should andwould he please send me a mail from his new ID?

Gitai Mandir, Wardha

This is a beautiful park with several big trees, with a fence of tall stone slabs, each carrying one sloka from Vinoba’s Gitai, the Marathi traslation of the Bhagwad Gita.

Meeting Wardha Soya and Cotton Farmers at Gitai Mandir

Here we had a meeting with the Wardha Soya and Cotton Producer Co (WSCPC) Ltd, Deoli, Dt Wardha. In response to farmer suicides in Vidarbha, BASIX had proposed a project called Agrarian Sustainability Action Research (AGRASAR) by its non-profit affiliate Indian Grameen Services. Supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), work began two years ago. Over the last two years,  115 Producers Groups (PGs) spread over 25 villages were formed with 1500 members, incl 680 women. The PGs were of cotton and soybean small and marginal farmers. WSCPC Ltd was registered as a Producers’ Company (a special staus under Indian Companies Act, 1956) after a year of effort on 17th Dec 2010 with a paid up share capital of Rs 90,000.  The effort  was organised by Ms Saroj Amabgade, Field Executive (FX) of IGS, now promoted as Unit Head of Hinganghat Unit of BSFL.

Directors of the Wardha Cotton and Soya Producers" Company Ltd

Saroj who brought 1500 farmers together and Milind, who assists WCSPC Ltd

There are 15 elected Directors, including 3 women. The office bearers are Mr Dilip Fulmali, President ; Mr Umesh Vakil, Secretary +91 98230 57964; and Mr Dhyaneswar Dewane, Treasurer. Milind Kamble (+91 98500 38083 Milind.k@basixindia.com) is the IGS Field Executive (FX) looking after the work now. (see photos) Benefits to farmers – cost reduction thru bulk purchase of seed, fertilisers, agro-chemicals. E.g. On 100 bags of urea, they saved Rs 8500. Soil testing and on-site agronomic practices guidance.  Crop (weather index based) insurance organised. Crop loans and agricultural investment loans from BSFL Plans: Work has started on setting up a mini dal mill for processing tur(red gram) which is inter-cropped with cotton.  Plan to set up a mini ginning factory with an investment of  Rs 100 lakh and a mini solvent extraction plant for soybean oil with Rs 500 lakh.

** Sajeev – I promised  comprehensive technical, management and financial support to WSCPC Ltd and I urged the team to make it into one more Koutla-B type of exemplary work in institutional development.  Anand Naik and Samir are all for this.

Meeting with Women Borrowers of BSFL –  Over 20 woemn from several joint liability groups (JLGs) from Wardha urban and Deoli.  All engaged in some small activity like grocery shops; home based food stuff making; garment stitching; one each had a beauty parlour and a photocopy centre. They said health care and education facilities are quite satisfactory for them. Their main concern is steady income. “Home based self employment is not enough. We want BASIX to set up bigger enterprises so we can work there.”

Women asking for more opportunities for income generation, Wardha

I explained why it is difficult for us to do that but if they come together and set up an enterprise, we will help. I gave the examples of MEADOWs watch making unit set up by MYRADA in Hosur or sanitary napkins and primus stove burners in Kuttambakam near Chennai, by Dr Elango, or the embroidered garments unit by SEWA Trade facilitation Centre in Ahmedabad.  I suggested they choose a small group and send them for exposure visit.  They can also see units like Tasty Bites in Pune.  They were willing to go.

** Sajeev, Rama, Alivelu,  Sankar, Gowri, Dr Narayana  – In this connection the role of our women LSAs is important. Each has 400 plus customers How do we train them for becoming entrepreneurial mentors for the 5 to 15 percent of their customers who want to set up bigger enterprises?

Shanti Kutir, Wardha

The meeting ended at 2.30 and I decided to take a look at the Jamnalal Bajaj Memorial Museum in Shanti Kutir.  Wonderful.  Bajaj was indeed quite a man. Very good businessman, who served Gandhiji  in various ways.  He was the Treasurer of Indian National Congress for over 30 years.  His house in Wardha, Bajajwadi, was virtually the national guest house since 1933, when Gandhiji moved to Sevagram, “to live at the centre of India, so Indians from all over could come to him more easily”. ( Indeed Wardha/Nagpur are the only places where the Delhi-Madras and the Bombay-Calcutta railway lines cross.)

More importantly, Bajaj helped Gandhiji institutionalise all his efforts for “constructive work” . He successively helped set up the All India Spinners Association and the all india Gramodyog Sangh for promoting khadi and village industries, respectively; the Kushta Nivaran Sangh for  serving the leprosy affected; and the Go-Seva Sangh, for service to cattle. Jamnalal Bajaj worked tirelessly to get temples opened to “Harijans”, as Gandhiji used to call the “untouchables”.  He worked also to establish democratic government in the Princely States – even to the point where when he was elected as Praja Mandal President for Jaipur State (he hailed from Sikar,which was part of Jaipur State), he had to offer Satyagraha and was physically evicted, bleeding. Died suddenlyat the young age of 53, Bajaj was indeed Gandhiji’s “fifth son”. His widow Janaki devi survived him and continued to support his philanthropic work for decades. The awards instituted in their names by the Bajaj family (now famous for two and three-wheelers), are indeed a way to commerate this rich legacy.

Shanti Stupa at Gitai Mandir, Wardha

The boys insisted I see the nearby Shanti Supa, a grand monument constructed as recently as 1993 to commemorate the relationship of a Japanese monk who had visited Gandhhiji in 1933 and left him impressed with a prayer for world peace, that is to this day the opening chant in the Ashram payers.

By then it was 3.30 pm and we tried getting lunch but found that as it was Sunday, the only place open was near Sevagram. so there we went for a zunka-bhakar thali, with chhachh and a puran polin at the end.  Anand Naik and Samir Vaidya, both Maharashtrians, were  a delight to eat this with as they explained each ingredient in detail.

By that time it was 4.30  I decided to postpone the walk to Vinoba Bhave’s Paunar Ashram to tomorrow morning and instead go back to the Sevagram Ashram for the evening prayers.  An hour before, the rolls and durries are laid out in the prayer ground in front of Adi Kuti and Ba Kuti,  and Ashram inmates come one by one with their portable charkhas, spinning yarn effortlessly from the slivers of cotton that they carry.  The spun yarn which is collected on a spindle is then transferred to a rectangular frame which rotates and this makes a hank, which is then deftly twisted using one’s big toe into a plait of yarn. Fascinating to watch.

The payer is led by a man on an Ektara and he ends the sarva dharma (multi-religious) prayers with a very soothing rendition of Vaishnav Jan tu Taine Kahiyeje (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNad7w-aUvs&feature=related ) and Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram,, two of Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans.  The prayer ends with a random reading of one or two pages of Gandhiji’s thoughts.

Back to my room by 7pm.

I have plenty of time to start my blog, thanks to detailed instructions by my son Chirag, who also sent me a lovely mail wishing me all the best for the Shodh Yatra. I make a few calls, first one to Savita, my wife, who has “let me go” for the nth time. Then to several work-friends.  For all the others, this blog!

One of the things I am hoping to do is to spend no more than the NREGA wage Rs 100 per day on maintaining myself. It will take a few days to get down to that, so its necessary to keep an expense account since the time I got into the train in Hyderabad.

  • Bottled water Rs 12
  • Peanut packet at 2am (because it was cold in the second class compartment and I had no sheet to cover me) Rs 14
  • Tea twice in the morning Rs 10
  • Newspaper English and Hindi  (becuase it had better coverage of Rahul Gandhi’s Maharashtra trip) Rs 8
  • Idli breakfast  Rs 25
  • Lunch  at 3.30 pm Rs 65

Oops – At Rs 134, I blew the Rs 100 limit on the first day. And this does not include the cost of local transport and the room for the night! Must cut some expenses.  So I did not ask for bottled water but just “aquaguard” filtered free water. Saved Rs 12! Also skipped dinner, since it fulfils my other vow – no food after sundown.

Its nearly 11 pm.  Time to upload!

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About vijaymahajan

Educated at St XaviersSchool, Jaipur; IIT Delhi; IIM Ahmedabad and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, USA; Co-founder of several development organisations - BASIX (www.basixindia.com), PRADAN (www.pradan.net), Development Finance Forum (www.dfforum.org), Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddhi Society (www.apmas.org), Sa-Dhan (www.sa-dhan.org) and the Microfinance Institutions Networrk (www.mfinidai.org). Chair of CGAP Excom; BASIX Boards; DSC Board; Board member of MSSRF, ASSEFA, Gram Vikas Honours - WEF Davos Schwab Social Entrepreneur; Ashoka Global Fellow; IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award; HSBC-Access Award for Outstanding Contribution to Microfinance in India; listed among India's top 50 most powerful people in India by BusinessWeek, Asia edition, 2010 Married to Savita, Deputy Dean, ISB, Hyderabad; two children, Chirag and Chandni
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36 Responses to Day 1 – January 30, 2011 Sevagram, Wardha

  1. ink says:

    Just wanted to send in my best wishes! Here’s hoping that the search for ‘reality’ leads you to an experience that stays with you beyond the time for the yatra. Take care of yourself and please know – independent of perceptions, you personally and the work you have done continue to stay an inspiration for many!
    Regards
    Surga

  2. Arijit Dutta says:

    Missed the opportuniy to be with you at the field on your first day of Shodh Yatra. I only hope that, there would be lots of followers in BASIX, what you have strated; like Bapu had during the freedom struggle movement.

  3. Biswanath Sinha, Mumbai says:

    My best wishes for a successful Yatra.

  4. CS Reddy says:

    Great Vijay! I really appreciate your “Shodh Yatra”. I hope it enables you to find the truth. I am certain that the walking will improve your health. By the way, the NREGA wage is now Rs.121 (Pandaga Chesukoo – celebrate).

    What is needed is “thoughtlessness”. If you can calm your mind and free yourself from thoughts, that will automatically reduce number of breaths you take per minute. May be you can practice yoga.

    wishing you the very best of luck.

    CS Reddy

  5. Sriram says:

    Vijay, good to know that you are on the Yatra.. All the best. Hope to see you cheerful and upbeat when you are back. Sriram

  6. Anoop says:

    Partner,

    Just so you know I’m following you close…stay well and keep going. Your first day has sure been rewarding even for us arm chair followers and I await the next upload. Best, Anoop

  7. Liby Johnson says:

    Dear Vijay, Connecting after a very long time. Lucky to have noticed your tweet and the link. All the best for the Yatra; and the NREGS wage-limit vow. Liby

  8. All the best Vijay! At first look it sounds so exciting. Know more about India. But then what? I am sure this Yatra will change a lot of things for you. I will be very keen to know how you manage in Rs 100 and of course to read your blog. will it be possible to join you for some days in your yatra?

  9. LB Prakash says:

    Hi Vijay! I hope that the thrift cooperatives promoted by CDF Are part of your “yatra”. The more i read the Occasional Papers of CDF, the more i see how visionary it was! Curious to know the shodh-phalith (result) … will be following your blog every day!

  10. Jayapadma says:

    Sir (I cant help calling you that). I am sure it will be educative for everyone reading this blog. I do hope you are able to keep it up through the yatra. Do you have music to accompany you (or you’ll probably find it wherever you go). For now, I leave you with this…

    “To every thing (turn, turn, turn) there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

  11. dinesh agarwal says:

    Hi Vijay Mahajan!!! You have always surprised me with your forthrightness!!! How do I join you for a couple of days. I will move in from Kolkata and accompany. Can I have a glimpse of your route.

    Regards and best wishes

    Dinesh

  12. Vikram says:

    Hi Vijay,

    I had some exposure to things going in and around Wardha. It is truly an amazing city with serene places like sevagram ashram and Gitai Mandir complex.

    Formation of producer groups that you talked about in your blog showcases enthusiasm as well as dedication of Basix Wardha employees. One phenomenon that I observed in that region was that people are shifting to organic farming due to lesser input cost involved. If there is some way by which their produce can be certified as organic and can be linked to European markets, where there is large market for such produce, then farmers may get better return for their produce. There are some organizations involved in such an activity. eg Information about one of them can be found on the following link:

    http://www.icco.nl/delivery/main/en/project.phtml?p=en-project&project=526

    The scale achieved by formation of PG might be helpful in creating such linkages. It would be nice if people involved in this project can explore these opportunities.

    My best wishes to you for this wonderful adventurous journey that you have started.

    • Gunaranjan says:

      Your post just triggerd this thought. How about feeding all of Indians organic food! Is there some data to suggest the health impact and health costs associated with non-organic foods. It could then be a good reason to mandate a shift to organic foods. Of course, this would be a scary situation for the producers of non-organic agri input manufacturers and suppliers.

  13. Sangeeta says:

    Did you find out the price of a dari, sir? At Hyderabad, a dari enough to be the size of a daining table (may be 3 ft x 3 ft) costs about Rs. 1000/-.

    Soil testing kit costs about Rs. 1400/- with which we can do about 10 testing safely. Why can’t an LSP do this service? I did not understand as to why do we need to set up a lab of Rs. 10 lacs or above?

    • vijaymahajan says:

      Thanks for the tips on how to take care of myself. I am being careful as the Yatra must be done. As for the spoil testing kit, I agree the cheaper version for 100 samples is more appropriate and agri-LSPs can provide this service. Pls suggest to Amarnath and Vasumathi.

  14. Sangeeta says:

    Please carry a blanket with you for it is still cold in Maharastra. In fact, the dari could have served for a blanket before you would start using it as floormat, the price of which could have been put in equated installements into your daily budget.

    Flattened rice (Chura) is a better option for a healthy breakfast which can be taken along with milk( any way you drink tea twice in the morning, so you can ask for a little hot milk as well) as breakfast. This will cut down the cost of breakfast also. I thought that rotis with sabji as lunch around Wardha would be cheaper also.

    Kindly take care of your health, which might get worse with each processed food that you intake, viz, butter. This you can easily avoid.

  15. Sitaraman says:

    Hi Vijay,

    I’ve heard a lot about you from my friends……This initiative -Shodh Yatra – of yours is absolutely spectacular.. ..it’s like walking the talk. Very interesting to read your experiences in this blog.. Especially the one about living within Rs.100… Very thoughtful..
    Wish you all the very best in this endeavour. I am keen to follow this blog and am looking forward to reading you and your experiences more.
    Cheers
    Sitaraman

  16. Gouthami says:

    Enjoy another India – I strongly recommend eating local food – it is the cheapest and tastiest option.

    Interesting mix of thoughts – it is quite clear that BASIX is still on top – will the journey help put things in perspective?

    Please do share your “itinerary” – am sharing this blog with TAI fans – am sure there will be many more following you – of course, from the comfort of our homes.

    Take care, Mr Mahajan!

  17. Niranjan Sheelavant says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am following your Yatra closely through your blog. Great going sir..Take care.

    Regards,

    Niranjan

  18. Islam Hussain says:

    Dear Vijay ji
    Hopping you will get many answers of many question not only three, in your shodh yatra, I will try to join in our area.
    You may increase your daily budget as CS confirmed that MNAREGA daily perk has been increased.

  19. Guru Murthy says:

    Great to read your blogs. Good to know that you are able to spend some time in the rural heartland. I am waiting to hear you personally, about the learnings in this Yatra.
    Take care, do not worry about the NREGA limits on the person.

  20. A K Shiva Kumar says:

    Hi Vijay. Remarkable adventure. With every passing day, you will feel fitter and lighter as you clear your mind and tackle weighty issues! Cheers. Shiv

  21. Sunita Chugh says:

    Hi! Vijay,

    Congratulations! Thank you for Shodh Yatra Blogs.Very insightful.
    All the best.
    Sunita

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  23. Sonu Agrawal says:

    hey sir – this is super cool stuff. will join you soon

  24. Bismaya Mahapatra says:

    Dear Vijay,

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me and I am sure many like me (from far and near) have always been inspired by you. Will pray for your wellbeing during the yatra and hope it gives you and the fraternity valuable insights. Would be keen to join during the Koraput, Malkangiri part of the trip…………….

    warm regards
    Bismaya

  25. Manoj says:

    Dear Sir,

    Its great to see you undertaking this Yarta and I am confident it will turn out to be a worthwhile endeavour. But the very first para of this post is rather distressing; especially for young people like us who look up to you. Just want to say that you have all our support and wish to see a radiant and all inspiring Vijay Mahajan. Things will get better!

    Best wishes…

  26. R.S.Vaidyanathan and Jaya says:

    Dear Shri Mahajan,
    You are on an onerous task. Tasks made a little easier by a cooperating spouse and children. Our good wishes for your sojourn.
    The interaction with young men and women, both rural and urban, opens up new perspectives. A little nudge form persons of your stature will help them expand their horizons. This I think will be a major achievement of your Shodh Yatra. You have the advantage of explaining them what you have practised and achieved in BASIX . A knowledge that is rich and enduring for the youngsters to take up.
    Warm Regards,
    R.S.Vaidyanathan

  27. Dear Sir,

    Sir,Your Shodh yatra covering 5000 km with in 60 days will definately discover many new things that will have postive impact on our society. Take care sir……

  28. Dear Vijay — Thank you for expressing in physical form the soul searching that many of us long time microfinance people are doing in these days. There is something very healing in an outward expression. You are walking for many of us. Beth

  29. N.Sunil Kumar says:

    Hi Vijay, wish to join you at Similipal – Arijit says it’s on your inenerary.

    Could I ask a question – how do our people in the rural/forest regions look at wildlife ? Leaving aside the issues of competition for resources, is there an element of tolerence/empathy/fellowship….Have you had more discussions on this after the day1 event at Wardha ?

    Sunil, RBS – Foundation India

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