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Call for Applications: Buniyaad, Training Program for Social Activists [March 15-29, Himachal]: Apply Now

By: The Admin | January 18, 2016

Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy and Politics


When the youth engage in initiatives of social and political change, they encounter numerous questions and contradictions on the ground.

In facing these ground realities, they develop an understanding of the local issues and their context.

Based on this understanding, they experiment, and attempt new ways of dealing with the existing socio-economic-political-environmental problems.

However, the preoccupation with localised environments and an overload of responsibilities within the movement or organisation often prevents a grasp of the larger socio-economic-political context we are all operating in.

The young worker rarely finds time to study these ‘big-picture’ issues in any significant detail – thereby not developing the capability to make connections of local issues and efforts with the larger socio-political-economic context of today.

Buniyaad has been conceptualised for young social and political activists who have experience in initiatives of Change and the attempt is to broaden the understanding of ‘on the field’ activists regarding the interconnectedness of the social, economic, political spheres.


The program offers an opportunity to be with, gain inspiration and knowledge from experienced activists.

The participants also gain from share time and space at leisure with fellow activists working on diverse issues, across varying regions of the country.

Program Content

Perspective Building

1. Our Political context

The ‘State’ and its institutions. What is the historical context of contemporary India’s society and institutions? On what ideals was India created? What are the promises of the constitution? How have we fared vis-à-vis those promises? How are the five pillars of democracy functioning? How does power operate in these institutions? How is the media aiding / hampering our fights and social movements?

What other challenges does the Indian democracy face today? Deepening Democracy and Decentralization.

Various political ideologies and their journeys. Civil society, peoples’ movements and citizen initiatives in today’s context.2. Our Social Context

What is the nature and context of the tribal struggle in India today?

How relevant is the caste question in 21st century India?

Dalit Dignity, Minority issues, The Indian Courts and Justice machinery, Communal politics, Patriarchy and Gender Issues

The context and reality of Kashmir and the Northeast – and the issues of regional identity.

Lessons from some of the big social movements of our times3. Our Economic and Ecological context- The origins of the notion of ‘progress’ / ‘development’

Economic History – from hunter-gatherer societies to feudalism to capitalism to socialism. The neo-liberal capitalism of today – and a look at ‘development’ in this context. Its effects on politics, society and life in general. Its relations to the social movements of today.

Program Pedagogy

The program shall use a variety of methodologies including interactive lectures and discussions facilitated by subject experts, live experience sharing by activists, film screenings and collective reflection, readings and presentations, group and individual exercises, amongst others, to enable participants to reflect on their current understanding, and help deepen the same.

The following facilitators were present for former ‘Buniyaad’ programs

Binayak Sen, Yogendra Yadav, Ravi Chopra, Dunu Roy, Sandeep Pandey, Manshi Asher, Praveen Singh, Kulbhushan Upmanyu, Nandini Rao, Prashant Bhushan, Himanshu Kumar, Anand Kumar, Apoorvanand, Arun Khote, Madhulika Banerjee, Devender Sharma, Sushant Das, Vipul Mudgal, Prakash Bhandari, Rahul Saxena, Swati Maliwal, Subhash Gatade, Roma, Aditya Nigam, Dilip Simeon.

Eligibility for Participation

Applicants should preferably be in the age group of 25 to 35 years.

The applicant must have experience of working with a social / political organisation, or social movement, or sangathan, or an NGO.

The course would mainly be conducted in Hindi. The applicant must have a very good ability to read-write-understand Hindi.

Program Cost

This program is organised by Sambhaavnaa under the principles of gift culture.

You or your organization can contribute any amount that you wish to.

Costs incurred by Sambhaavnaa are Rs 10,000/- per participant.

This includes subsidised food, stay and program costs at the Sambhaavnaa Institute. Travel costs to and from Sambhaavnaa are not part of this and are borne by participants.

We request that participants from organisations with financial support take care of these costs (fully or partially).

But do not let your inability to pay be the reason for not applying!


The program will be conducted in Sambhaavnaa campus near Palampur, the campus includes meeting area, dormitories and other lodging and boarding facilities.

Address: VPO Kamlehar, Kandbari, Tehsil Palampur, District Kangra

Application Procedure

To apply, click HERE.


Phone: + 91-8894227954, Email: [email protected]

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