Guy Poitevin passed away in August of 2004.
I am 69. Originally French I settled in India in 1972. I
married with Hema Rairkar and obtained Indian citizenship in 1979. Hema
Rairkar and myself are involved in two kinds of activities.
The first kind, under the name of Village Community Development Association
(VCDA), is a programme of training, animation and coordination of groups of
rural activists intervening at their village level as responsible citizens.
Their role is to organize and put collectively on the move groups of
villagers. This training has led to the creation of a network of similar
groups all over the state of Maharashtra in western India. The perspective
is one of responsible democracy of citizens starting with local bodies and
spontaneous groups at the level of the village.
The second activity, under the name of Centre for Cooperative Research in
Social Science (CCRSS) is a research in social sciences focussing on the
cultures, oral traditions, grass-root dynamics and human potentialities of
common people as grounds of social and cultural intervention. The aim is to
valorize indigenous systems of knowledge and traditional forms of
Both these activities lead to publications of books and articles in
journals meant to bring the attention of intellectuals and teachers on the
validity and relevance of people’s tradition with regard to issues of
cultural and material development.
We are planning to hold a workshop on Training of Social Leaders at the WSF
jointly with FPH; APM-Terre citoyenne and CERAI. The focus of the workshop is
on pedagogy, methods and perspectives of a collective self-education of
citizens to an effective and responsible people’s democracy.
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