VicharVedh (the phrase means “quest/inquiry of thoughts”) was launched by progressive thought leaders in Maharashtra in the year 1993. The objective was to energize discourse on humanitarian, secular, democratic values, as well as to explore social, economic, political alternatives and way-forward towards building up of a developed, egalitarian Nation. The platform stopped its activities when the pioneers thought that they had covered all the relevant topics through 15 annual conferences in different parts of Maharashtra.
Why re-launch? We revitalized VicharVedh in 2016, as a dire need to promote critical thinking in all fields of social sciences in the times of Post Truth, times in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.
We believe that the intolerance in India is growing along several dimensions, and is a threat to the free thinking and expression. Therefore, there is a need for individuals, organizations, and institutions of all shades to think beyond their own narrow visions, and collectively promote creative thinking, critical thinking, and free expression of new ideas.
VicharVedh is a platform to educate Indians.
VicharVedh is open to all who believe in values enshrined in the Constitution of India.
Objective: Educate Indians to Think Critically and Creatively in Social Sciences.
Vichar Veche – Short Educational Films: As an on-going process we are producing thought provoking short films on various topics. The shooting is done by amateur volunteers. Although the audio visual quality may not be the best that can be achieved, we are emphasizing more on the richness/ relevance of thought and its quickest circulation to a wider audience. We have published 510 educational films during the last 6 years. The video films are freely available on Internet YouTube to all viewers at ‘VicharVedh’. There are 25,700 subscribers to this channel and viewers regularly engage in free, critical discussions. Some videos have been viewed by more than 2,00,000 citizens.
Expression through multimedia: We are involving creative writers, poets, poster designers, cartoonists, painters, musicians and street play groups in VicharVedh movement. VicharVedh churns thoughts though all these expressions.
Annual Conference 2017: The first annual conference of the re-launched VicharVedh was held on the theme: ‘Indian Nationalism: Ideology, Forms and Challenges’ on January 20, 21, 22 in Pune. About 600 thinkers and young activists, participated in the deliberations at this conference. Play writer Atamjit Singh and Justice (Retd.) Hemant Gokhale delivered key-note addresses.
Annual Conference 2018: Theme: ‘Affordable, Non-sectarian Education for All’. Apoorvanand Jha and Jandhalya Tilak, addressed the plenary sessions.
Annual Conference 2019: Theme: ‘Creating Employment and Reduction of Inequalities’. Gopal Guru, Anil Sadgopal and Achut Godbole addressed the plenary sessions.
Annual Conference 2020: theme: ‘Globalization’. Mira Nanda delivered the Key Note speech. Bhalachandra Mungekar and Manisha Gupte addressed the plenary sessions.
Annual Conference was not held in years 2021 and 2022 because of Covid pandemic; likely to be resumed in 2023.
Nibandha Manthan (Essays Churning Thoughts):
Nibandh Manthan is churning of thoughts through writing essays. Good essays are printed in the form of a booklet. 1230 essays were received in the year 2019. Essays are received mainly from young persons from rural areas and housewives and working women.
Charcha Gat (Discussion Groups):
About 10 to 15 youngsters meet in a group and discuss one of the thought provoking and informative speeches on the VicharVedh YouTube channel. They also write their comments in the ‘commentary’ section provided by YouTube. This activity encourages participants to critically evaluate and understand the subject rather than passively accept the speaker’s views. At present, there are five discussion groups in Pune where participants meet every week. We plan to spread this activity in at least ten towns in Maharashtra in the year 2022.
Date of birth:13 / 1 / 1955
Education: M.A. in Psychiatric Social Work, TISS, Mumbai.
- 25 years with Bank of Baroda – took voluntary retirement
- Adult Education Project – Indiana Institute of Education
- Counsellor – Stri Mukti Sanghatana
- Organic Farming – Sendriya Setu
- Editorial Team – Milun Sarya Jani
- Principal Promoter – Sahaj Bhet (A voluntary organisation of senior citizens to help elders to overcome ‘loneliness’)
- ‘Hamarasta Nakaratana’ – An Autobiography pub: Rajahansa Prakashan
- ‘Jeshtanche live-in’ – A series of 24 articles in Lokasataa in 2021 -22
Date of birth:17 / 1 / 1950
Education: M.A. Ph,D
- Professor of Philosophy, for 35 years at SSGM College, Kpoergaon, Maharashtra
- Donated Blood for more than 100 times
- Actively promoted Vivek Wahini – devoted to promote rationalist thinking
- Worked for Phule- Ambedkar Degree Course promoted by Nilu Phule
- Sumatibai Patil Puraskar of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha
- First prize in Essay Competition by Yashawantrao Chavan Pratishthan
Date of birth: 10 / 11 / 1949
Education: B. tech. (IIT Bombay), P.G.D.M. (IIM Calcutta), Ph.D. (Pune)
- Distinguished professor of Management (Retd.), IndSearch, Pune University, for eight years.
- Founder Chairman (Retd.), Metric Consultancy Limited for 25 years.
- Organised Landless Labour, Tribal People and Cycle Rickshaw Pullers for their improved livelihood.
- Was Active Volunteer in People’s Science Movement and All India Democratic Women’s Association.
- वैचारिक घुसळण, साधना प्रकाशन(Waicharik Ghusalan – Sadhana)
- रोजगार निर्मितीची दिशा – रोहन प्रकाशन (Rojgaar nirmitichi disha-Rohan)
- धडपड – माझे कार्य चरित्र – रोहन प्रकाशन(Dhadapad-Maze Karyacharitra-Rohan)
- Stories of Marketing in India – Popular Prakashan
Vivek Sawant (MKCL), Mukta Manohar (Pune Municipal WorkersUnion), Mohan Des (Arogya Bhan), Jayashree Kale (Jagruti Seva Sanstha), Rajabhau Bhailume (Teacher), Ashutosh Bhupatkar (Management Expert), Sadhana Dadhich (Social Worker), Achyut Godbole (Writer), Anant Phadake (Peoples Science Movement), Vishwas Kale (Industry), Vijay Naik (Scientist), Kiran Moghe (AIDWA), Nisha Shiwurkar (Advocate), Bhalachandra Mungekar (Retd. vice chancellor Mumbai University), Hemant Gokhale (Retd. Justice of supreme court), Shantaram Pandere (Social Worker), Suniti Su.Ra. (NAPM), Shamsuddin Tamboli (Muslim Satyshodhak Samaj)
*(Detailed information about all of them is easily available on WWW)
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