Gandhi Vichar Parisad (GVP) was established on 1956 by late Sudarshan Singha and late Sisir Sanyal with the sole aim of social transformation based on Gandhian principles of decentralized, unexploitative, cooperative, self-reliant and peaceful living. Economics of peace and permanence, as envisaged by our leaders has been the guiding principle of this Institute.
We aim to make sustainable development a reality, particularly for the poorest of the poor, by transforming decision making into action. We are not so much a think tank, as a think-and-do-tank: for us positive action, leading to real long-term solutions, follows from our grassroots experiences.
GVP, in 2011, even today, visualizes a just and equitable society in which sustainable development can thrive. GVP also envisages a society where the poor, the marginalized and under privileged have an equal opportunity for involvement in a development process which is value based and sustainable - and also have an appropriate environment to develop their potential to its fullest. The mission of this Institute is to act through realistic, innovative and sustainable interventions for building a capacity for Self Governance at grassroots level as propounded by Mahatma Gandhi in Gram Swaraj. Hence our primary objective is to empower the people through Gram Sabha (Rural Self-Governance System) and Institution building. Priority is given to women, children and socially and economically weaker sections viz., Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, small and marginal farmers. Working for the holistic and sustainable development of these people we can contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous society.
Our approach, is, in contrast, saturated with an urgent sense of the importance of a collaborative approach to development, one that listens to the people and works with them. This, for us, is preferable to the imposition of complex 'solutions', involving advanced technologies often produced by the kind of private enterprise, which the establishment is committed to promoting anyway.
Angered by this often hypocritical approach, we resolved to find solutions for rural issues under the principles of traditional Indian culture, using simple methods in preference to showy ones, and to ensure the involvement of the people. The key was, and is, to motivate them to put their energy and creativity into helping themselves - with our determined support.
From the Secretary’s Desk:
Gandhi Vichar Parisad is working for down trodden people since 1962 specially for deprived women and child.
In the beginning, that was 1962, Gandhi Vichar Parisad when started practical rural development work in Bankura, gathered various experience like unorganized village people, unutilized village resources, migration, illiteracy, unhygienic environment, poor social status of women etc.
First G.V.P. took the challenge of formation peoples organization at village level. Next step was to utilize village resources in proper way; those were land, water and forest. In the due course of development gradually migration rate was reduced, created community assets like grain bank, community fund, developed agricultural product, then villagers established child education centre and adult education centers at villages.
At present G.V.P. is working with as partner project of Sahay, Kolkata under Children International India, since 1992. Child Sponsorship Programme areas are Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Youth Empowerment Programme, Scientific Sex Education, Value Formation, clean community and safe community.