New book traces 75 years of local interventions in India

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New Delhi: Released on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, the book “Anchoring Change” examines the positive changes that have taken place through grassroots interventions in the country and the future of these models of sustainable development.

Published by HarperCollins, “Anchoring Change: Seventy-Five Years of Grassroots Interventions That Made a Difference” and edited by Vikram Singh Mehta, Neelima Khetan and Jayapadma RV will be released September 7 on Softcover, ThePrint’s online site to launch books by non-fiction.

A combination of essays from a wide range of writers such as Rajul Padmanabhan and Vijay Mahajan, the book explores impactful interventions that helped shape modern Indian society and what can be learned from them. It examines organizations from the past 75 years and reviews examples of civic action, to understand how they can be used to create alternative, grassroots-based and sustainable models of development relevant to India’s future. .

The book’s editors are leading experts on development, sustainability and governance issues, having worked extensively with academic institutions, civil societies as well as corporate social responsibility groups.

24 protagonists tell their success stories

Mehta, Chairman and Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), is also an independent director of several companies, including Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

“From the rich mosaic of successful grassroots interventions over the past more than seven decades, we have selected 24 protagonists to tell their stories, which span in time, are geographically expansive and span multiple domains. We looked for entities that had unquestionably had a significant impact in their field and social context,” said Mehta, also the 2016 Asian Center for Corporate Governance and Sustainability winner of “Best Independent Director in India”.

Khetan, a visiting scholar at CSEP, has extensive experience working in the areas of strategy, governance, design and impact.

Jayapadma similarly has over three decades of experience working in sustainable social development in various bilateral aid and corporate social responsibility organizations.

She said, “Social change is a process, not a destination. The stories of “Anchoring Change” tell us of the imagination, drive, tenacity and purpose that catalyzed some of independent India’s most impactful social interventions. The seeding of ideas and the foundations they have laid have created pathways for citizen development and lasting social change.

In its nearly 400 pages, the book addresses many issues, ranging from the growth of self-help groups through MYRADA (Mysore Resettlement and Development Agency) in Karnataka, to the preparation of araku coffee in Odisha with the Naandi Foundation.

Swati Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of HarperCollins India, said: “The remarkable stories of social transformation it contains are not only meant to shift the narrative about India towards a more positive and positive approach, the book harnesses them. also to suggest new models of development that can be emulated by others – organizations, individuals, government agencies – seeking to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Indians.


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