Sewa bharati - Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratishthan: Transforming lives of Pardhis

Antyodaya puraskar by Rambhau mahalgi prabodhini
Shri. Girish Prabhune
(Year 2000)

Bhatke Vimukti Vikas Parishad in Maharashtra is working for the upliftment of down trodden class particularly "Pardhee" Society. Shri Girish Prabhune renown Karmayogi has put two decades in this mission. The Antyodaya Puraskar for 2000 was awarded to Shri Girish Prabhune for his dedication & hardwork for the upliftment of Pardhees. The function was held on January 14, 2000, at Dadar.
Girish prabhune

The Bhatke Vimukt Vikas Pratishtan  (BVVP), an NGO based in Sholapur in
Maharashtra, has been making pioneering and laudable efforts in furthering the
cause of the nomadic tribes in more than one way viz.,
a) Setting up abodes for the tribes
b) Identifying open spaces in selected areas for the wandering tribes to set
up their camps
c) Standing up for them in case of false criminal and legal charges
d) Providing schools for ensuring continued education for their children
e) Liaising with philanthropic bodies and industrial houses for financial and/or
material assistance

Mr. Girish Prabhune, based in Pune, is a leading spokesman for the Nomads and
commands the highest of respect from the community.

Samrasta Punarutthan Gurukulam run by famous social worker and Marathi writer Girish Prabhune works for the development of nomadic tribes, especially the Pardhi tribe. Kits are sent to the residential school of Pardhi children.

Penury is just one of the problems faced by the Pardhi community in Maharashtra. The British termed them criminals under the Criminal Tribes Act 1871, which was repealed in 1952. Now, 58 years later, the Indian society and more significantly its administration continue to criminalise the Pardhi people.
The community remains shackled by the stigma of being a thieving tribe.

The other awards are the Krutagyata award' to be presented to activist Girish Prabhune, known for his work for the Pardhi tribe and the Bahurupi sanman' to be given to actor Dilip Prabhavalkar who will receive the award from literateur Ratnakar Matkari --SOURCE: Times of India 12 months ago

For nine Pardhi children, SSC success paves way to regain lost pride

In city for higher education, the group vies for different professions to ensure their tribe has a voice
Source: Indian Express

Aiswarya AnanthApadmanabhan

Pune, July 15 Last month when youngsters basked in the glory of their success at the SSC examinations, a group of nine students were on top of the world. They had also cleared the exams that would open doors to further education and opportunities.

The students from Pardhi community, one of the 150 denotified tribes branded ‘criminal’ under British law, had indeed climbed every mountain. As students of Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratishthan, an Osmanabad-based organisation started by activist Girish Prabhune, most of them are now in Pune, pursuing standard XI at the New English School, Chinchwad and staying at Gurukul, another organisation run by Prabhune for children belonging to the nomadic, tribal and backward castes.

Their refrain is to empower the community to bring back lost dignity.

“I want to teach Sanskrit. My mother always wanted me to be a teacher. When weddings of a couple of girls from my village were being planned, I convinced their parents to let them study,” says top scorer Bhavana Jamdade with 76 per cent.

Eighteen-year-old Sachin Pawar from Mohol village in Solapur district who scored 67 per cent wants to become a policeman, “From when I was in Std I, I wanted to become a police inspector. I want to work for my community and enable the youth to look at educational opportunities,” explains Pawar, whose mother is the president of the Pardhi Samaj Mahila Mandal in Mohol.

Sisters Seema (16) and Sushma (17) Mane, both with 60 per cent also want to be police officers emulating their sister-in-law who is with Aurangabad police.

The group also has an aspiring journalist and a lawyer in brother-sister duo Pramod and Bhagyashree Shinde. “Journalists are able to express and expose what a common man can’t,” says 19-year-old Pramod. “Many atrocities have been committed against our community, sometimes within the purview of the police and the law. I want to fight for the rights of the voiceless,” says Bhagyashree.

For Prabhune, it’s a proud moment. “Though five Pardhi children had passed SSC examinations two years ago, the number has increased this year. Of the 15, all passed the exam, nine are in the city,” he said.



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