Vivek Umrao "सामाजिक यायावर"
मुख्य संपादक, संस्थापक - ग्राउंड रिपोर्ट इंडिया
साढ़े तीन वर्षीय आदि पूरी एबीसीडी जानते हैं, किस अक्षर को किस ध्वनि के साथ पढ़ते हैं, यह भी जानते हैं। इसलिए अब शब्दों को एबीसीडी अक्षरों व ध्वनि से संयुक्त करके पढ़ लेते हैं। एबीसीडी के अक्षरों को पहचानने, ध्वनि को समझना व शब्दों को अक्षरों व ध्वनि से संयुक्त करके पढ़ना। यह सब आदि ने अपने आप सीखा है। मैंने या डा० क्लेयर ने कभी आदि को कुछ रटाया नहीं है, न ही आदि ऐसे किसी स्कूल जाते हैं जहां यह सब सिखाया पढ़ाया रटाया जाता हो।
आदि ने यह सबकुछ अपने आप खेल-खेल में सीखा है। आदि पिछले कई महीनों से अपना नाम लिख लेते हैं। आजकल अपने आप एबीसीडी लिखने का अभ्यास भी करते रहते हैं। अंको को भी लिखने का अभ्यास करते रहते हैं। आदि यह सब अपने आप खेल-खेल में मस्ती से सीखते समझते रहते हैं। मैं या डा० क्लेयर कभी भी आदि पर कभी भी किसी प्रकार का दबाव नहीं डालते हैं।
Vivek Umrao Glendenning "Samajik Yayavar"
After mechanical engineering graduation and research work in renewable energy systems, he preferred to work voluntarily without a salary with exploited and marginalised communities in very backward areas, rather than taking a job for money.
Getting a PhD scholarship in a European university for a student in India could be a lifetime dream for the people of third world countries, but he preferred to go to work with marginalised communities rather than to accept PhD scholarship by a European university.
To understand ground realities and non-manipulated primary information, he did many thousands kilometres foot-marches covering thousands of villages. By these intense foot marches, mass meetings and community talks, he had face-to-face dialogues with around one million people before the age of forty years.
He has been exploring, understanding and implementing the ideas of social-economy, participatory local governance, education, citizen-media, ground-journalism, rural-journalism, freedom of expression, bureaucratic accountability, tribal development, village development, reliefs & rehabilitation, village revival and other.
In India, he founded or co-founded or strongly supported various social organisations, educational and health institutes, cottage industries, marketing systems and community-universities for education, social economy, health, environment, social environment, renewable-energy, groundwater, river-rejuvenation, social justice and sustainability.
He got married to an Australian hydrology-scientist around fifteen years ago, but stayed in India for more than a decade to work for exploited and marginalised communities. Before marriage, they mutually agreed that until the ongoing works need their physical presence in India, they will not have a baby. That is why they did not make any effort to have a baby for eleven years after the marriage.
Many hundred thousand of people of marginalised communities of backward areas of India love and regard him, also have accepted him as their family. He left all these social-achievements and prestige for living as a forgotten person to become the full-time father for his son. Even before leaving India, he donated everything except some of his clothes, mobile and laptop.
Now he lives in Canberra with his son and wife. He voluntarily writes for Indian journals and social media on social issues. Also, he supports ground activists in India as a counsellor who work for the social solution. He is also associated with some international organisations who work for peace and sustainability.
For Ground Report India editions, Vivek had been organising national or semi-national tours for exploring ground realities covering 5000 to 15000 kilometres in one or two months to establish Ground Report India, a constructive ground journalism platform with social accountability.
He has written a book