Shri Nanaji Deshmukh, the Padma Vibhushan awardee’s birthday observed as The Indian Social Work Day today by Social Work Fraternity all over India.
Little about Shri Nanji Deshmukh—Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known as Nanaji Deshmukh (11 October 1916 – 27 February 2010) was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance, and was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Deendayal Research Institute:
Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) was founded in 1972 by Deshmukh to validate the philosophy of Integral Humanism propounded by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya (1916–1968). Integral Humanism gave a vision for Bharat that, with an approach to man and his relationship to society that is integral and complementary, could transform Bharat into a self-reliant and compassionate example for the world to follow.
The mission statement for Deendayal Research Institute is
“ “We are not for ourselves but for Our kith and kins are those who are oppressed and neglected” – Nanaji Deshmukh ”
Deshmukh developed a model for the development of rural areas on the basis of Integral Humanism. After initial experiments in Gonda (U.P.) and Beed (Maharashtra), Nanaji finally fine-tuned an integrated program for the development of rural areas that covers health, hygiene, education, agriculture, income generation, conservation of resources, and social conscience, that is both sustainable and replicable. The basis of the project is ‘Total transformation through total development with people’s initiative and participation’.
The project, called the Chitrakoot Project or the ‘Campaign for Self-Reliance’, was launched on 26 January 2005 in 80 villages around the Chitrakoot area in the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The aim was to achieve self-reliance for these villages by 2005. When complete in 2010, the project hopes to make the 500 surrounding villages self-reliant and serve as a sustainable and replicable model for the Bharat and the world.
Here are the few pictures to represent celebration of Indian Social Work Day today.